Publish Date: 25 October 2011
Origins: Publisher for Review
Rating: 3 Ravens
Synopsis: When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels, a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word search puzzles. To make matters worse, he hires her sexy former party boy ex, Axel Mackenzie, to shoot the photos. Axel really wants the project to succeed. For one, the magazine will double his fee if he convinces strong-willed Ellery to write a story no woman can resist. Besides, getting Ellery to fall for romance novels might be just the push she needs to believe people can change . . . even him. At his sister’s advice, Axel gives Ellery a copy of Kiltlander, a much-adored romance whose warrior hero is utterly irresistible. To her dismay, Ellery finds herself secretly falling in love with the story—and with Axel, who’s drawing his own lessons from the book’s compelling hero. With her carefully crafted image of herself crumbling and her dream job on the line, will Ellery risk it all to make the leap from tight-lipped literati to happily-ever-after heroine?
Review: I have adored most of Ms. Cready's books I have had the pleasure to read. This one, however, did not hit me the way the others did. It was an interesting concept. I liked the depth of the characters and the depth of the reality the author went to in this book but I just couldn't get sucked into the story.
I finished this book out of love for the author, that's all I can really say. It wasn't a bad read because Ms. Cready is funny and witty. She knows how to hook a reader, there really was just something about this book that didn't mesh with me personally.
On more positive notes: I liked the cover and the book was very well written as far as style and creativity. I enjoyed Ellery as a character, she is pretty kick-ass and I appreciated that about her. There was also kilts in this book...that is always a bonus. I will of course read everything Ms. Cready continues to write, as should you make you own decisions about this novel.
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