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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 2014-04-07 00:31
Review: Floored by Ainslie Paton
Floored - Ainslie Paton

I'm a big fan of Ainslie Paton's books. White Balance is one of my favourites - complicated, emotional and real. Floored is more action, with a tighter focus on the romance. Plus Floored has Sean.


Ah, Sean. Bad guy, good guy - the opening had me guessing, but I loved him!


I won't spoil the twists and turns of the plot for you, but this is one hell of a road trip.


Floored is such a clever title. I'm not sure if it has the same slang meaning outside Australia. Here it is both knocked to the floor by a wicked punch and foot to the pedal acceleration. Both apply! As does the synonym, Flawed. 


Fabulous story that made me think of Kristen Ashley's books with their wild heroes and difficult choices.


*Disclaimer: Ainslie Paton is a fellow Escape Publishing author. She's also friendly, funny and smart. My review is not biased by knowing all this. :) 

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review 2014-02-12 00:00
Floored - Ainslie Paton I'll write a longer review later when I get time but I wanted to just say, WOW. Oh by gawd did I love this book. I've adored Ainslie Paton's other books in the past but this was something else. It's hot, the writing is tight and as always, she manages to create characters and chemistry that rocked my socks off. This is a definite must read.
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photo 2014-02-05 23:26
Hot cover!

Ainslie Paton's a fellow Escape Publishing author, so you may think I'm biased when I say that this is one of the best covers I've seen lately. Ainslie shared it yesterday, but "Floored" isn't out till April. I do like her books, so I'll be buying it. Her "Grease Monkey Jive" got a great review from Dear Author back when it released late 2012 and I think Ainslie's stories have only improved since then. 

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