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Title: Love Sincerely YoursMy Review:
Author: Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn
Published by: Indie
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
Reading Challenges: Lenoreo's 2018 #LetsReadIndie Challenge, Lenoreo's 2018 New Release Challenge
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A sexy, smart, and heart-swooning romance about a girl who has nothing to lose when it comes to flirting with her boss. This seductive contemporary romance from bestselling authors Meghan Quinn and Sara Ney will keep you on the edge of your seat as you fall in love with the first novel from this dynamic duo.
Dear Mister.. . . no, too formal. Hey there sweet cheeks. . . no, too forward. *Clears throat* To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being open and honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. But what they don't know is your bark is worse than your bite. And that bite doesn't scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we're being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you exactly who's boss.
Love, Sincerely, Yours
I received a free copy through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
3 stars — So…hmmm. I’ve not had luck connecting with Ms. Quinn’s books in the past… In fact, I’ve DNF’d the 2 I’ve tried. Part of it is just a disconnect in our senses of humour. But another part is that the types of editing mistakes left in her books at publication annoy the crap out of me. I’m fairly tolerant of errors actually, and it’s not that the books are unreadable…but the errors are not simple typos, they are incorrect word usages. They’re the kinds of errors that clearly show that the book has not been copy/line edited or proofread. Editors can miss things, for sure, but not these kinds of glaring errors. Now, in this case I am reading an ARC, so I cannot clearly state that the errors will still exist in the final copy, but I’m willing to put money down that they do. If, as an author, you have that kind of weakness in your writing, I don’t feel like it’s too much to ask that you get a basic proof done.
I’ve only read a novella by Ms. Ney, and I was only meh on it, but I wanted to give her (and Ms. Quinn) another shot. Especially because I was intrigued by the blurb!! But if I’m being honest, I was tempted to DNF after the first chapter. I did continue on, and I will admit that the book improved from the issues I’m going to list, but it’s confirmed that I will definitely put Ms. Quinn on the “not for me” list.
So what was my biggest issue?? Honestly, I’m too damn sensitive right now, especially with things going on in the world right now, especially as a woman. I was immediately turned off by the thoughts in Rome’s head about Peyton. Was it inappropriate?? I…don’t know. But it was sketchy and it made me feel uncomfortable. Will it be that way for others? Eh. Probably not. Depends on how sensitive you are on the topic of workplace harassment. Did any harassment occur? No. I just… *sigh* I’m just sensitive.
I’m also not a fan of alpha assholes. And in the first half of the story, Rome is…not attractive to me. I didn’t like him. I didn’t like his thoughts. I didn’t like his behavior. As we get further on in the story, Peyton brings out a much better side to Rome. Or perhaps the authors just finally let us see it. I would have preferred to see hints of that in the first half of the book, but alas…what can you do? Rome became much more three dimensional, and we got to see some sweet and almost shy sides to him. I wish we’d found out why he was so closed off, but ah well.
Peyton gave me mixed feelings as well. The problem is that the work place harassment wasn’t just a Rome issue…in fact, I would argue that other than the inner thoughts of Rome, it was really more Peyton who perpetrated it. So we didn’t start off on the right foot either. Again, as with Rome, I started to like her more in the second half of the book…perhaps after Rome discovered who LSY was. She had some great sassy moments, I LOVED the way she challenged him and didn’t give up on him. How she was willing to look deeper into who he was. I also loved how smart she was, and how confident in her abilities. It was something to be admired.
I will admit that I wasn’t sucked into the steamy parts of their relationship AT ALL. Just didn’t connect. But to my surprise I did love the sweet romantic moments between them…again, in the 2nd half.
One other standout in this story was Rome’s best friend Hunter. He was HILARIOUS, and I loved every scene he was in. I honestly wish I liked the comedy styles of these authors more, b/c I’m intrigued by his book. But not enough to put aside other books with a higher chance of matching me.
So all that wordiness to say that this book was not a match for me, but I am glad I stuck it out since the 2nd half really did save the book for me.