Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Out of Bounds by Melissa Klein

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: Out of Bounds
Author: Melissa Klein
Genre: Contemporary/Military Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
**** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
A woman who lives by the rules and a man who lives to break the rules, now that's a pairing that any romantic wants to explore.  The first few pages highlight the roadblocks for these two people. With an antagonistic past of 20 years and competitive goals, it should be really fun to see how this couple finds the path to each other's heart.

Author Melissa Klein introduces two very different but equally interesting people with contrasting motivations and desires. I found myself wanting them both to come out on top, so to speak, but knew that change was inevitable. How much? How difficult? How painful? These were questions that definitely made this story a to-be-read choice.

Quote from Book:
 There wasn't a risk he hadn't taken or rule he hadn’t broken. He knew even as a kid that if he wanted to get ahead, he had to play out of bounds — which was the reason he and Avery got along about as well as wind shear and an ultralight. 

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