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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.

Another Man's Baby (Harlequin Superromance) - Kay Stockham First thing; The blurb made me think there might be some cheating whinch usually sends me running. I think technically there is but it turns out to be more that the hero and female secondary character are cheating themselves of happiness by staying together to please others when they really don't want to. They're not married or even engaged. Second thing: At times I thought the author was giving me a subtle parody of small town romance. The town's name is Beauty and the descriptions made me feel like I'd fallen into someone's decorative Christmas village. Third thing: Most of the secondary characters (the exceptions being Secondary Female Love Interest, Big Brother/Upcoming Hero and Male Best Friend) were either too nicey-nice welcoming or too cartoon villain evil to be believable.Despite these things, I enjoyed the story and both the hero and heroine. There's a sort of gentle drama and it's almost all family focused. No stalkers, no secret babies, no crime lords show their faces in Beauty. That's not to say there's no angst or villains. They're just the kind you might actually run into in real life. And there is some chemistry between the lead characters. I wasn't completely sucked in but I did like it. I'm not in a huge rush to return to Beauty but I will return.