Recently I read three books which I enjoyed but didn’t have enough to say about them to post a full review here. This is not a reflection on the books but rather on my lack of imagination! So here, in a few sentences, are my thoughts on the following books:
1. From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston. 4/5 stars.
In the interests of full disclosure, I know the author of this one! Jan is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a lovely lady. This is the first book published by Mills and Boon I’ve read, although I’m not sure how I got to my age without reading one!
As you may have guessed from the cover, this is an English romance set in the Regency period. If you’re a fan of the specific genre and/or romance in general, I highly recommend you read this book. It’s extremely enjoyable, easy-to-read escapism with likeable characters. A fun read. It also features that most elusive of things: well-written sex scenes!
This is a well-written story with a solid plot. If you enjoy women’s fiction/ contemporary romance and found the characters sympathetic then I’m sure you’d love it. Unfortunately I failed to connect with any of the characters and so wasn’t swept up in their trials, tribulations and triumphs. I also found some parts repetitive.
3. Shizzle, Inc. by Ana Spoke. 4/5 stars.
Ana is self-published and has a fantastic blog chronicling her writing, publishing and marketing endeavours. She designed that cover herself!
This is definitely a book for fans of high comedy/farce. It’s fast-paced and piles on the ridiculousness almost without pause. Crucially, it’s funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times and smirked many more. Even better, when I finished I realised I really want to know what happens in the next installment of the story. I’m looking forward to Indiot when it’s published later this year.
Finally, and as I said before, my failure to give these books a post to themselves in no way reflects on them. It’s just that sometimes my brain lets me down and refuses to come up with a few hundred words. My imagination goes on strike, leaving me with, “it’s (very) good: read it if you like this sort of thing!”
Does anyone else suffer from a lack of imagination sometimes when it comes to reviews? I hope it’s not just me! 🙂