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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.

Dominant Boys of Summer 2: Nick's Lady - Katherine Kingston This book has too many plot threads, too many characters, too many relationships between characters, too many permutations of kinky smut and the result is a big muddled mess. I admire the author for attempting to tackle some more challenging relationships that most run of the mill bdsm erotica covers. And despite my lack of interest in some of the types of relationships covered, I really wish it had worked better. Unfortunately, it does not. The product description leads one to think this book is a fairly typical "boss saves employee from stalker ex and falls for her" story and that is indeed one element of the story. Layered over it are storylines involving the Hero's relationships with his parents, brother and at least two sets of friends, both the hero's and heroine's relationships with their co-workers and the heroine's relationship with her cousin and the aged aunt who raised her. The heroine appears to have no friends of her own but in this case that's actually a blessing. I don't think I could have kept up with an additional set of characters and relationships. One or two additional relationships would have been great as far as enhancing character development, but this many just make it confusing. Additionally, the author's attempt to cram this many story lines and develop this many characters into such a short work forces her into a great deal of showing rather than telling and leaves the reader a number of loose ends and a very abrupt ending. The many storylines and relationships might have worked well in an epic or at least a full length novel, but this is fairly short novella. In the end, I had trouble caring much about the eventual HEA. There is so much potential here. It's sad to see it wasted. I have a feeling this author is capable of much better work and I do plan to give her another chance, but I can't recommend this book, especially for a first encounter with this author.