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Book Title: Baking Love|
The author of the book: Lauren Boyd
Edition: MuseItUp Publishing
The size of the: 15.48 MB
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Date of issue: May 17th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781484944158
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Reader ratings: 7.3
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Oh dear... I just can't give this book more than 1 star...
**Sorry for the extra long review. Possible mild spoilers ahead.**
I hate to knock down indie authors who are trying to put themselves out there. I always wish and pray that when I get a book from an author to review, especially a first time author, that I will love it. However, from the first few pages I realized that this book is just not for me. It was not my taste at all.
Let me start with the plot. I have read so many books like this one: A girl (Kate) is forced to participate in the planning of the wedding of the guy (Eric) who is "the one that got away." The guy is always marrying a raging B of a woman (Cecilia) and he is always clueless until the very end. I literally have read at least a dozen books and watched 100 movies with this exact plot. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, new to see here. Anyone who is surprised by anything in the book...well... they don't have two brain cells to rub together. I'm sorry, it is true. This plot has been beaten to death.
I also had huge issues with the writing style. The author constantly inserts what the character is thinking in italics after almost every sentence. Often is is unnecessary explaining. There is so much "telling" in this book and very very little "showing." I don't like that type of writing. It is much harder to show the reader what is there vs spelling everything out for them. Here are just a few of the many many examples of this type of writing:
"Kate looked again at Eric. He no longer had a silly grin on his face. His expression was solemn, stoic. Maybe the music helped him grasp the seriousness of the situation, too."
"Someone in the audience coughed, snapping Kate back from her thoughts. This roomful of people is focused on me- which, ironically, means I can't focus on myself. She relented. I'll have to figure this out later."
"He lowered his eyes and ran his hand through his hair. 'You're right. I wouldn't have called me either.' His gaze returned to hers. 'I screwed up.' There's regret in his voice."
See what I mean?
Another thing that bothered me is that Kate is so incredibly dense. She catches on to things eons after the reader does.
"So that's why Cecilia treated me the way she did. She saw me as a threat to her relationship with Eric."
No $hit Sherlock! It goes on and on and on in this vein during the entire book. It was irritating to no end. This brings me to another issue I had with this book: I hated Kate. I didn't like the passive aggressive way she made the groom's cake blue to please Eric when he agreed with his fiancee to make it red. I didn't like the self-pitying attitude that she had. She rubbed me the wrong way the entire time. I mean, I would have been pretty pissed if I was Cecilia too! If some girl was trying to steal my man, who I was clearly in love with (it was never shown that Cecilia didn't love Eric, I assumed that she did), I would be pretty huffy too! Kate was the man-stealer here.
And don't even get me started on the improbable situations that arose in this book. The bride getting sick and the BAKER (aka Kate) having to stand in for her at the rehearsal ceremony??? Come on! No chance. A aggressive groomsman hitting on Kate and Eric swooping in to save the day? How convenient? Kate (who is currently boyfriend-less) just happens to see the wedding dress of her dreams while bridal gown shopping with her best friend and BUYS IT? Get out of town!?
Maybe I could have excused the writing if the chemistry between Kate and Eric was electric. I need to feel the sparks fly when I read any type of romance. Huge fireworks are key. If there is no umph between the two characters, the whole romance falls flat. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened here. I had no idea, NONE, why these two people liked each other. The author makes some vague references to how Kate and Eric loved each other in the past and how they were friends but their interaction on page were so stilted and awkward. Even when they were supposed to be reconnecting, I felt nothing between them. I had no idea at all why they liked each other. It is not enough to say that the two characters are in love. The reader has to feel it for themselves.
I hope that the author finds her audience for this book. Maybe someone who likes very light chick-lit or Christian fiction (this book was squeaky clean...the only "dirty" reference was to burgundy lingerie...)? Needless to say, this book was simply not for me.
**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
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Read information about the authorLauren Boyd writes romance that entertains and provides escape from daily life--and sometimes, you might just learn a thing or two. Connect with her at www.laurenboyd.webs.com.
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