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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.

Stacy's Destiny (The Town of Pearl, #2) - Dixie Lynn Dwyer I managed to finish this book but there were many problems with the writing. The allusions to future events (that actually take place in book 1) are glaring and annoying. This book should have either been released first or written deliberately as a prequel (and not a confusing one). There were too many villains. The heroes' behavior very creepily parallels that of the most obvious villain at several points and this made love scenes that could have been hot distressing instead. There is insta-lust and insta-sex yet the heroine is the survivor of a recent sexual assault. There is a lot of unprotected sex without even any discussion of possible consequences. I find that unforgivable in anything but paranormal or historical romance.And then there is: "The small little cottage was not as tiny as it appeared." There are also "small, little breasts" on one of the women in the story. (Not the heroine's though. Hers are repeatedly described as huge even though she is petite.)Did I mention the random commas? There are bountiful random commas.I generally enjoy Ms. Dwyer's books as fun, fairly well written guilty pleasures but I couldn't get into this one. It took me several days to read because it put me to sleep when I quit avoiding it and went back to slogging through it. I want my time back. The first book in the series, [b:For the Love of Anna|9741111|For the Love of Anna (The Town of Pearl, #1)|Dixie Lynn Dwyer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1290303503s/9741111.jpg|14630220] is good but I wish I'd skipped Stacy's Destiny. There is a third girl mentioned frequently and I suspect there will be a book for her but I doubt I will read it.