Playing Dirty. Jennifer Echols.


Playing Dirty. Jennifer Echols.

Having just finished a paranormal I was in the mood for some light romance. I began this as it sounded fun, well it was fun but…for a simple standalone romance it seemed to have just a bit too much effort. I liked Sarah and the channelling of the vivacious and confident Nitsyuko (well her name is something like that!) was really effective – when she was feeling lost she’s think “what would N do?” and then follow that example. That an excellent technique for those of us without bags of supreme confidence in our abilities.
I was a bit confused about the whole Nine Lives issue – not why she was upset and frightened, but why she would be held to blame? Maybe its that I don’t know much about PR and the music industry..anyway – Sarah, I was rooting for her and could see her attraction to Quentin, and the way he’s described well who wouldn’t be. But the whole band double dealings, cover ups, fooling each other, Sarah and the band label issues got very complicated. Along with the way one moment Quentin was on the edge of death and then back on stage, ditto Sarah and the bee sting, one sting and she’s ill in hosp and yet towards the end something far more serious happens but apart from feeling ill she’s seemed too unrealistic for me. Just too OTT when it wasn’t needed, and too blasé when it needed to be dramatic.
There was some great humour, some terrific lines and funny plots but – the whole novel just felt overly complicated, with plots that really added nothing to the story, and just padded out and spoiled the rest for me. I really wanted to love it, the description sounded great and I thought I’d get a humorous light-hearted romance. Sadly though there were so many mini dramas that the effect was one of apathy once the big one hit, and it just didn’t make me feel emotional, scared or any of the things I expected. So an OK novel but not the great once I was hoping for. Priced at £2.99 for 416 pages its good value if its the sort of read you enjoy – for me its was a one off read only.
NB: ARC provided by Netgalley.
Stars: 3 it was ok – not good not bad.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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