Happy Monday all. Let's make this a great week!
Today I'd like to talk about portion size. As always, keep in mind this is just my opinion and not meant to offend. I'm currently reading a book which will remain unnamed at this point in time because I haven't finished it yet and I feel it would be unfair to "review" it without having all my information. However, I'm having some major problems with this book and I'd like to share them with you.
1) Um, where's the plot? It is so barely there that I have to squint to see it. I realize that the focus is on the "romance" and I use that term lightly (I'll get to why in a moment) but I'd like there to be more behind said romance.
2) The romance is not romantic. This is all about the sexual/physical attraction to each other. There is nothing other than physical. No glimpses as to who these people are behind their physical attributes. I'd maybe get it if this was in the "erotic" genre, but it's not, so I don't.
3) Sarcastic much? Okay, we've talked about this before. Most of us use sarcasm but this is so over the top I want to scream. The banter back and forth between the hero and heroine is ridiculous. At one point, after first "meeting" each other she asked why he was chasing her. His response: "Um, because your bootylicious." Are you kidding me? I'm sure it was supposed to be funny but somehow it wasn't. Maybe it was because of all the other retorts that had me gagging.
I'm about a third of the way through the book and should just quit reading. I cant. I always finish the book. Maybe there's part of me that hopes it will turn a corner and somehow impress me. Maybe it's the part of me that wants to see how bad it can really get. I'm not sure. But I will finish it. I realize now that I won't ever give up the title or the author of this book because, like I said, this is just my opinion and I'm not into slamming someone for their professional work. They are published and selling quite a few books so some must like what they're reading, even if I don't.
My point is, I prefer a good mix, the right mix of plot, romance, intrigue, light, dark, sarcasm, wit, dialog, feeling and emotion. It's not easy, that's for sure and one good thing I can say about this book is that it's making me reevaluate mine. I plan to make sure I used my measuring cup and that I have the proper portion size for all of my ingredients.
How about you? Ever read a book that had you thinking, are you kidding me? Please share!
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi