Didn’t I tell you that the world is full of meanies? Here’s another one: Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Not only does she have a name which I never know how to spell (Is it two Ls? Or two Ps? Or both???), no, she also writes books that you can’t put down, like this one:
Last night, after a long period of not reading or buying any e-books, I switched on my Cybook once again and browsed the titles I have stored on the reader. That’s when I stumbled across NATURAL BORN CHARMER, which I hadn’t read before. I just wanted to have a little peek inside the book. Read the first chapter perhaps, as a kind of Betthupferl (you know, that itty-bitty piece of chocolate that you eat just before you go to bed) (only this was a Betthupferl of the non-chocolate variety, of course). So, just an itty-bitty peek. No more.
Then I read this first sentence:
It wasn’t every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Dean Robillard’s larger than life world.
Now that’s mean, isn’t it? Uber-mean, in fact. How can you start a novel like this? It’s so not fair to your poor reader!
But that’s not the worst! This is what follows:
“Son of a”” Dean slammed on the brakes of his brand new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her.
The beaver marched right past, her big flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small, sharp nose stuck up in the air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed.
She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail.
See what I mean? Things like this should be forbidden. Not only is it highly unfair to other authors, who might turn green with envy while reading this novel, but it’s also highly unfair to the poor reader who gets sucked into the story before she even knows what has hit her.
As you have probably guessed by now, I found NATURAL BORN CHARMER highly enjoyable. What’s more, it reminded me why I love romance so very much. It reminded me that a good romance displays an optimistic attitude towards life and leaves the reader with a big, happy smile on her face. 🙂