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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Revenge and Redemption - Jennie Brumley I have mixed feelings about this book. It's an enemies-to-lovers story with a fairly typical bbw heroine. The plot is quite good. There were a few twists that helped keep things fresh even though the plot is basically an HP. Some of the characters are well written for this type of story though I felt the villains were cartoonish. The hero, the heroine and the hero's sister are all pretty well fleshed out. The first real problem I had with this book is that I never got any sense of time and place from it. Both seemed fairly generic. Brisbane might as well have been Houston, Naples or San Diego. There were cell phones so it had to take place post-1990 something but I didn't get much other contemporary feeling from it. I think it took place in winter (but in Australia so maybe June or July or???) but I never got a strong feeling of winterness. And neither the setting nor the time had any bearing on the plot. The second problem for me was that at times the dialogue sounded like it was written by a very young person. It occasionally threw me out of the story. It took me a long time to read because, even though I enjoyed it, I never really sucked me in.I did like this book. I just wanted to like it more. It seems to fall into the trap I'm finding with a lot of bbw books: it seems a little slapsash and thrown together. In this case I don't think it's deliberate but I do think the author is capable of producing much better work. There were glimmers of it throughout the book. I found the lesser quality all the more disappointing due to the indications it could have been a better book. It was good. It could have been very good or even great. I'll end on a positive note -- Revenge and Redemption is a nice, fairly long bbw romance with a well written plot that I honestly enjoyed.