Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Be Mine by April Hollingworth

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Be Mine (A Candy Hearts Romance)
Author: April Hollingworth
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

Review Rating: *** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll read ten more pages

Review Comments: 
I'm somewhat struggling with this review. The reason being, is that I had two very different responses to the first ten pages. First, let me address the positive. I really liked the klutzy Beth and I could sense her troubled past was going to raise it's ugly head in the pages to follow. She seemed sincere and determined to make the best of her situation, but at the same time, a little wounded and apprehensive. I also liked Mark, and wondered if he could surround her with the haven of love and protection I felt she needed.

While the author's characterizations were effective and drew me toward these people, the overt sexual innuendos and overtones of these first pages gave the story a sharp edge that, for me, cooled my interest. It's a case of too much too soon...

Quote from Book:
~ The simplicity of the interaction astounds me. I can’t help compare him to my ex James. A shudder ripples through me at the thought of him. His temper and volatile nature still scares me, even though it’s been seven years since I left him. ~

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