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The Romance Reviews

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I've been writing for a few years, but I've been reading my whole life. I was that kid in high school who said she was going to the library, then actually went to the library. And signed out books, and returned them before the due date. Yes, that girl. And in the process I learned so much about what I like about reading and storytelling (and where they kept the pervy books, of which they had, like, three), and now I do my best to share those qualities with fellow readers.


I like books that are smart, well-written, and well plotted. I like characters with flaws, characters that complement each other, contrast with each other, and ultimately find a way to coexist. I like to see them fighting and making up, and falling in love in the process. I don't consider hair that frizzes in the rain or a penchant for clumsiness "flaws" - my heroes and heroines sometimes do things that aren't perfect or adorable, but they do learn from their mistakes (and they repent), and I think that's what's truly important. I'm also entirely satisfied with HFN endings as opposed to a standard HEA, if that's what suits the story. If you need a ring and a baby at the end of the tale, you might find yourself turning the pages muttering "Where is it? Where is the RING!?" prompting people to ask if you're a Lord of the Rings fan.


And I love character arcs. When a book starts with the hero/heroine doing something bad, I'm into it, because I'm waiting for them to get their comeuppance/see the light/change their evil ways. That's what's interesting to me. If you start perfect and end perfect...what's the point? Growing up, my favourite show was Saved by the Bell. I was never into Zach and Kelly. For me, it was Jessie and Slater 4-ever. Smart women, strong men, opposites attract, enemies to lovers... Yeah, that's my catnip.


What you won't find in my books is insta-love, crazy melodrama, secret babies, or (fingers crossed) typos. I can live with a lot of things, but not a typo. And if you find one now, for the love of God, don't tell me about it. I can't change things once the books are published and I'll never sleep again.


Do note that Undecided, my first foray into New Adult Romance, is not as gritty or explicit as my other titles, particularly those in the Time Served series. Don't get me wrong - there's still sex and swearing, but less. But still great.


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