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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.

The Billionaire's Secret Desire - Lietha Wards The awfulness was funny at first but eventually it just became annoying awfulness. The plot is the same one, stupid plot all new adult books have: vapid, beautiful heroine who is too obviously a stand in for the reader is relentlessly pursued by laughably ridiculous baby billionaire sex god. Blech. But this one is so much worse due to poor writing. The problems are too numerous to recount in full so I'll just hit the highlights. In addition to trusting spell check to act as her beta reader and editor (resulting in the heroine being given human waste as part of her employment package), the author used global search and replace to capitalize the word button. Thus every time anyone undresses (a surprisingly frequent occurrence given the almost complete lack of sex scenes), readers are reminded of the cloyingly sweet nickname the hero has given the heroine. I quit counting runon sentences by the second chapter. In addition to pov changes, the narrative and dialog both switch between present and past tense. And some of the sentences are constructed so poorly that I could not determine what the author was trying to say.The heroine is the worst NA heroine I've encountered: childish, inobservant and just stupid. We're never given any reason the hero is so in love with her other than her incredible beauty. Of course, she was asked to be a super model but she turned the offer down. And she has no idea at all that every man she encounters is overwhelmed by her beauty.The hero is a typical baby billionaire. He has no a actual business skills, spends the entire book drooling over the heroine or threatening the men he's trying to do business with and I was never quite sure what sort of business he was running.The brother and one other male character were reasonably well fleshed out. There is one stereotypical "motherly" secretary but all 4 of the other female secondary characters are Evil Other Women who are only there to be mean to the heroine so the hero will have to comfort her or avenge her besmirched honor.This is complete dreck. If you must read it for the funny diction errors ("I had my diver take my bag to your penthouse), see if you can borrow it rather than spending money on it.