Quick Review – Plain Jayne – Laura Drewry

Plain JaynePlain Jayne by Laura Drewry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Can I give this book two ratings?

On the one hand, it was the cutest friends-to-lovers book I’ve read in a while. I love the trope and the author did it pretty well. I even thought the hero having a girlfriend more than three-quarters of the book was a very interesting choice. It was, realistic, in my opinion. Of course, that eliminated any sex in the book, but even I can enjoy sweet romance once in a while. For that, 4.5 stars. Totally.

On the other hand, the portrayal of women had me grinding my teeth. Can not a single woman in the book stand up for themselves? The heroine is walked all over by first her grandmother, then a cheating, crappy ex-boyfriend. And then another woman in the book is cheated on. And her idea of standing up for herself?? Doing a Lifetime Movie/Waiting to Exhale move. Not cool.

Crappy-ho? Really, must we? The other women were bitchy to say the least. The hero can pick ‘em – perfect hair, perfect bodies, but bitchy personalities. And I’m supposed to trust his feelings about the heroine? For the anti-feminism messages. 2.5 stars.

Depending on what you’re looking for, this may totally rock for you, or totally suck it. Who can say?

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Quick Review – Sophomore Switch – Abby McDonald

Sophomore SwitchSophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

YA, I know. But it was a little thin on characterization for me. A lot of description of Oxford and Santa Barbara, but not enough about the women who were (theoretically) experiencing profound change in their lives, or the idea of feminism narrowing choices rather than expanding them.

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Our Short Lived Political Cartoon Career

In 2006, DH and I were having fun writing and drawing our own political cartoons. Oldies but goodies.

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Villaraigosa

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Alito Ascends

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Judiciary not Papacy

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Harry Potter 24 Mashup

Quick Review – One Final Step – Stephanie Doyle

One Final Step (Tyler Group, #1)One Final Step by Stephanie Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the premise, quite fascinating – Monica Lewinsky (like character) meets ex-con (with issues) made good. I wasn’t a fan of the hero (too Alpha male has to have heroine no matter how many times she says no), or the heroine (who always said no). But if you want interesting and different squeezed into a Harlequin category romance – then, I’d say this is for you.

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Win a $10 gift card

Finding JordieAuthor HJ Harley is offering a autographed copy of her debut novel, Finding Jordie, as well as a $10 giftcard to the bookstore of the winner’s choice (Amazon or B&N).

C’mon over to TheKeeperShelf and check it out for yourself.

 

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