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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.

A Study in Shame - Lucy Salisbury Not exactly what I was expecting but also not too bad. There are some things I consider fairly major flaws -- scenes that are too much repetition of previous scenes, an ending that is far too abrupt and doesn't tie things up well enough. There is also a lot of f/f which is very much not my thing. That's not a flaw and I certainly would not rate down for it, but had I known this book was 80ish% f/f I likely would have passed it by and having read it, I'd be okay with passing it by. As it is I skimmed quite a lot.Then there is the WTF. For example, the giant Teddy bear she has sex with. Twice. Masturbation in a kind old lady's bathtub that leads to an erotic spanking by said kind old lady. And despite the large number of sex scenes, she does not have some kind of kinky orgy at the team building retreat as the blurb implies. In fact she never has sex with a single male coworker and only gets it on with 1 female coworker. Most of the humans she has sex with are folks she just sort of meets along the way. Oh! I left out the watersports! Yes, folks, there is a pee scene. By the way, my autocorrect is ridiculously prudish.What earned this book 2 of the 3 stars I'm giving it is the heroine's voice. She is just so darned adorable in her kinky weirdness. That is what kept me going with this one. Imagine a cute, young Mary Poppins cheerfully describing the scenes behind the spoiler tag ...