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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.

Acquired: The CEO's Small-Town Bride - Catherine Mann I thought this was a very good end to the series. Sarah is a great heroine and Rafe, while he could use a good smack or two ended up being well matched with her. There is a lot of info dumping at the end, including a Big Surprise Shocker (that most readers will see coming from miles away) but most of the book deals with Rafe and Sarah dealing with the problems that drove them apart as kids. Ms. Mann does a good job of showing just how much Rafe has loved Sarah for every minute of the 14 years they've been apart. The series as a whole is okay. I don't think I would reread most of it. This is the second series I've read where different authors wrote the books that made up the series. (The first was the Maddox Communications series which I consider just a bit better than this one.) I like the idea very much. It's fun to see how different authors handle the recurring storylines and the story that runs throughout the series. But it also means some books in the series are more appealing than others. My favorite part (which I would give 5 stars as a stand alone) was the 5 chapters of backstory on Rafe and Sarah that is tagged on to the end of the first 5 books. Fortunately Ms. Mann included a lot of that as flashbacks in this book and I think she included enough background on the business takeover the series centers around that this book probably could be read as a standalone. I don't think that's possible with the other books in the series.There is one thing that I found a little mind boggling -- the Big Reveal that Worth is Race's daddy means that Emma is Rafe's half sister as well as his step-sister-in-law!Overall I thought both the book and series were pretty good. A few of the books were ho hum to me but I'm glad I stuck with the series.