Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Charmed By Charlie by Amanda Uhl

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...

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 reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Charmed By Charlie
Author: Amanda Uhl
Genre: Office Contemporary Romance
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Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: As romances go, Val meets Charlie in the first ten pages and takes an instant dislike to his good looks and over-abundant charm. He, on the other hand, is challenged by her demeanor. Sounds all too familiar doesn't it? However, Val who is a math wizard and content for her life to be stuck in the 'mundane' with her current not-to-exciting boyfriend is on slippery ground. What's most intriguing about this beginning is the sense that these characters have hidden layers. Layers that when peeled away, might reveal a deep, character driven story.
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A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: This begins as an office based contemporary romance. Interesting protagonists and quirky secondary characters.

Quote from Book:
~ Why did women always gush over attractive men? Because he was good-looking did not make him a "good" guy. For all we knew, he could be a serial killer. ~



3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review! I hope you are intrigued enough to read the rest:)

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  2. I'm loving this "first ten pages" review system! "Charmed by Charlie" sounds great! Wish you much luck with it!

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