Secretive Stranger

Secretive Stranger

Book - 2010
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"It's not enough that Sophie Campbell discovers her neighbor's body. His dead ringer has to show up at her doorstep. But this man's no ghost ... the instant attraction that sparks between them is all too real. College professor Cord Pruitt wants answers about his brother's murder. The woman downstairs has to have seen something. But when Cord lays eyes on Sophie, all he wants to do is take her in his arms and protect her. With a killer on the loose, and all signs pointing toward Sophie as the next target, that's just what he will have to do." - Taken from title page verso.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Silhouette Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780373276752
0373276753
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 17 cm

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JuniperAvenue
Feb 03, 2011

Dear Author,

You know, I was really hopeful when I picked up your book. It's been, oh, 20 years since I read a serialized romance novel and I thought, hey, I bet they write them better now that it's a billion-dollar industry. And the back cover said you were an award-winning romance writer with more than 60 books to your name. And I thought, this one is going to be great. But you know what? Ten pages into your book, and I realized I've missed nothing in the past two decades. I know you're limited to 200-odd pages, but please, do you think I'm stupid here?? Here's what you need to do for your next book, which I'm sure you're already writing: limit your cast of characters so they have a fighting chance of being more than two-dimensional; make your characters intelligent and likable; and don't write stupid suspense plotlines that the reader can figure out in the first chapter. For inspiration, how about read "Water for Elephants", a much better book that didn't make me want to hurl it across the room. If you can't do these things, dear author, please stop writing. Library shelf space is precious.

Sincerely yours,
A disgruntled reader

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