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.
Please don't hate me but ...
Every single review or even mention I have ever read of this book was positively glowing. It is apparently one of the most beloved romance novels of all time. Or at least one of the most universally liked. So I started reading it expecting this incredible, awesome romance.
So, the good news is, I didn't hate it. It wasn't bad, exactly. It was dated, stale and (despite the titular mountain) flat. I liked but did not love the hero. The heroine had a few characteristics of my ideal heroine, but she was also finger-wagging and preachy. The plot was okay but not great. It was too simple. I've read a lot of romantic suspense I liked better.
Again, it wasn't bad or even fair. It was somewhere between okay and good. But I was expecting amazing. I bought the complete collection and I've never felt any desire to read beyond this first book.