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One-Click Roulette Review: Executive’s Decision by Bernadette Marie

I recently went on a one-click roulette binge, resulting in almost two hundred new books by authors I had never read before making their way onto my kindle. Yeah. Some girls use ice cream as therapy, I buy free books–which may very well lead to me needing therapy. Here is the first set of reviews from first of my samplings. Some were good–really good–and others made me create a “Never read again” collection on my kindle.

I did a play by play for some of these books on goodreads. So, if you want to see my reactions to some books, follow me there. My twisted sense of humor often emerges when I’m writing status updates on my ereader.

3.5* for The Executive’s Decision (Keller Family, #1) by Bernadette Marie

From Goodreads

Regan Keller fell in love with a wealthy and powerful man once. He was her boss. When that turbulent relationship ended, she swore she’d never again date someone she worked with. That was before she literally fell into her new boss’s lap.

Zachary Benson is the head of a successful empire and used to getting what he wants in the boardroom and outside of it – and what he wants is Regan Keller. He’s determined to convince Regan that even though he’s her boss, they can share a life together.

However, when Regan’s past threatens to destroy the architectural firm Zach has invested his entire career in, he has to make an executive decision whether to choose his business or fight for the woman he loves.

The Play by Play Status Updates on Goodreads (of Reading #2)
12/15 1.0% “Sometimes, I feel my bad mood (and depression) makes me unfairly judge a book while reading. This is one of them, so I am going to reread it and see how my thoughts change after a book binge of some fantastic titles. This might be an exercise in futility.”
12/15 3.0% “A few hiccups in writing style but not bad. (Regan seems a little wispy washy at the beginning but interesting enough I am not bored or uninterested. I think I am liking it a bit more this go around. Books are weird. I love books.”
12/15 6.0% “Oh, yeah. I remember why I originally wasn’t so fond of this. My mood is definitely better for the book, though. And I like the male lead. Pet peeve with the lady lead, though. That said, it is a good read for when busy and having to keep looking up from my iPad.”
12/15 9.0% “Ooooh, sudden and random head hops. That’s another pet peeve of this one. Ah, my love of a scene break to announce a shift. I do like Zach though…”
12/15 11.0% “Are scene breaks so hard?? Why are scene breaks so hard… That is all I ask. At least ONE blank line to differentiate jumps in perspective. Those pretty images between scenes are bonus. I’ll take a couple of centred *** or … Just SOMETHING. Please. I beg you. A plea from a reader to all authors.”
12/15 15.0% “The lack of scene breaks is obviously the source of my discontent with this book. My kingdom for scene breaks!”
The Review

I really wanted to like this book, and in many ways, I did right up until the halfway point. The main lead isn’t exactly poverty ridden, but she’s lower classed than the male lead, who falls in love with his new assistant from the start.

What I really liked about this book was how damaged the heroine was, but how she grew through the start of the book to the middle. I liked her character–and his, too. I was willing to go ahead with both of them until it became pretty repetitive. The heroine’s plight is so pervasive it has no room for other issues to come into play. If there had been more issues for this couple to face, I think I would have been on board a lot more after the midway point. I finished the book, and it had a solid ending, but between the repetitive nature and he issues I list below, I had a hard time enjoying the second half of the title.

As for what prevented me from enjoying this title from start to finish: the book is plagued with formatting and editorial issues that just took away from the story on a whole. There are sentences that don’t make sense (it looks like the author was in process of editing and got distracted, maybe?) there are no scene breaks when there should be, so one paragraph will be from her perspective and then it will jump to the other perspective at a completely different location or tone without any cues this is happening, which is really jarring.

With an editing pass to fix those issues, this would be a 4* book for me. I did like both characters, especially Zach, who is just a nice guy. Flawed in ways, but a genuinely nice guy.

This has the makings of a good feel good romance, with characters easy to like. Wanted to like this book so much more than I did.

Second Read Through: Still 3.5*. I really wanted to like it, but the lack of scene breaks and other editing issues took away from the story too much. If the editing issues / formatting issues went away, I’d definitely mark this up to 4*.

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