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books: edenbrooke by julianne donaldson
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Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson - imagine, if you will, Jane Austen if she couldn't write, had very little taste, no sense of Regency propriety, a heroine that did nothing but blush and look embarrassed, and a hero who was just a dick. Not an evil dick, but a petty, irritating, 'teasing' dick and the wordplay, if you even can call it that, is simplistic, mind-numbing, and almost painfully like watching paint dry, except in that case, you get the benefit of a painted something, but in this case, not so much.

It was that bad. The only reason I am even mentioning it is that it has unsettlingly high reviews and I know enough people on my flist like Austen to sometimes feel a little nostalgic desire for the genre. This is not it. Also, I'm grumpy, because I read the sample and feel tricked, because the heroine upon meeting the hero immediately becomes even more epically boring than I thought possible.

I had no idea what a sense of relief I'd get from reviewing something on amazon. That was very emotionally cathartic.

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Favorite review:

If you love Jane Austen, and sometimes have a hard time reading her books, this is the regency romance for you!

Is it a little weird, do you think, that the three "Editorial Reviews" are from the wives of authors?

Is it a little weird, do you think, that the three "Editorial Reviews" are from the wives of authors?


I feel it's wrong to take satisfaction every time someone marks my review as helpful. I saved seven eight souls!

Edited at 2012-08-13 01:25 pm (UTC)

Sounds like a terrible book. Sorry you read it! At least you helped others to avoid it.

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