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review 2017-11-18 07:07
Not Interesting South Africa
The Wingman - Natasha Anders
Floored - Ainslie Paton

The Wingman is an eminently forgettable contemporary romance I picked up mostly because of its South African setting. I had this foreign language teacher who always said the best way to learn conversational chatter was to watch soaps: they tend to be real familial, familiar, and local. So I've enjoyed contemporary romances from other countries on this level: they give me a real interesting view of a country. I mean, of course it's stylized and perfected, but it can be unvarnished in a way you don't get in capital L Literature. I read like a half dozen novels by Ainslie Paton because she writes so winningly about Australia, and about the Pacific Rim more generally. Floored is a straight up road trip novel, and so much fun if you want to drive through a dozen shitty Australian towns. Which I do! 

 

Anyway, The Wingman is not that, not by half. There's a little chatter about how no one speaks Afrikaans, but then no one speaks Afrikaans. The main girl runs a clinic is the bad part of town (i.e. the black part of town) but pretty much the community exists to menace her with gangsters or rescue her from said gangsters. Everything is paint by numbers small town romance with requisite slut shaming and label dropping, but that kind of label dropping that pretends it isn't interested in status objects like those bitches over there. Sure, Becky. 

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review 2016-05-22 00:43
White Balance by Anslie Paton
White Balance - Ainslie Paton

There were lots of errors in this book like odd sentences and repeated words and comma instead of apostrophe, etc. Those kind of things. Threw me out a bit. Story was pretty good though.

 

Just disappointed in the lack of editing.

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review 2016-05-08 14:43
Offensive Behavior
Offensive Behavior (Sidelined Book 1) - Belinda Holmes,Ainslie Paton

I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited.  It took me a while to get through it.  That's never a good thing.

 

I guess the author is Australian, but this story takes place in California and the characters are American.  A lot of the phrasing seems to be Australian.  It's definitely not spoken like an American would.  Some work on the punctuation would help, too.  Some additional commas and quotes.

 

Otherwise, I liked Reid.  But I didn't care for Zarley so much.  Reid is SO in to her, but Zarley is somewhat callous.  He basically kisses her ass and does anything to keep her, including letting a neighbor watch them have sex.  After she completely freaked out about seeing Reid kiss a random woman in a club where Zarley is performing as an erotic dancer, she then has sex with him in a public park and expected him to be okay with a random guy touching her breasts and upper body during the act.

 

The relationship seemed unbalanced.

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review 2015-08-27 04:11
Review: Inconsolable by Ainslie Paton
Inconsolable (Love Triumphs Book 2) - Ainslie Paton

I approached "Inconsolable" with a degree of caution. I like Ainslie Paton's books. They're powerful, with characters struggling to resolve who they are and what they're doing in life. The issue I potentially had with "Inconsolable" was that with a homeless hero she might romanticise the issue of homelessness.

 

Homelessness is a complicated issue, one with a lot of heartbreak wrapping around it. "Inconsolable" had a lot of tension between exploring the causes and consequences of homelessness, and reconciling it with the demands of the romance genre. The hero has to be, for lack of a better word, heroic.

 

In the end, as attractive as the hero, Drum, is, it is the strength of the heroine, Foley, that makes the book work. Because as a reader I could empathise with her struggles with Drum's homelessness (and other non-Drum issues), I found the relationship believable.

 

If you're looking for a diferent kind of romance, "Inconsolable" is a good choice. Don't blame me if you get hooked on Ainslie's books!

 

 

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text 2015-07-18 00:40
CHEAP pre-order one of my fave authors
Inconsolable (Love Triumphs Book 2) - Ainslie Paton

Ainslie writes really strong books. This one's at less than a dollar on pre-order so I snapped it up. Thank goodness it's not out yet! I *have* to finish writing this book. 

 

Have a lovely weekend, everyone. I'm missing not having time to comment more on your posts. Soon!!!

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