I read Peaches Monroe 1: Stardust by Mimi Strong yesterday. I had actually thought about reading it quite a while ago and never did. Then it went free and I just happened across it and thought, why not?
I was a lot happier with this book at the 3/4 mark than I was by the end. I suspected the romance was going to stretch over the full of the 3 books that make up the series, but after reading the first book, I won’t be reading the others. I actually enjoyed most of the book, otherwise I wouldn’t have read to the last page. It was funny and interesting and it entertained me, but the book is categorized and promoted as erotic romance, and the author missed the mark with that. The book is chick lit, or women’s fiction, but definitely not genre romance and extra-definitely not erotic romance. I know erotic romance and this isn’t even close.
The thing is, the ending was just … awful. It wasn’t even that it ended in a cliffhanger. I kind of saw a cliffhanger coming so that didn’t surprise me. But the cliffhanger hit with a dull thud that just left a bad feeling in my stomach and really turned me off going on to the next book.
So I hit the Amazon reviews, looking for spoilers to see if I’d like to continue. Nothing I found made the rest of the series sound good—and made it clear that my feeling that the book wasn’t really romance was spot on. So I downloaded the sample of the second book, and within two pages I knew I was done. Ah well. Like I said, I was in the mood for romance when I started the book and that wasn’t what I got anyway, so I’m not all that bothered. I had to watch a bit of television to get rid of the downer feeling I was left with after the book, but hey, The Last Ship is a great show, so it perked me right up. :)
Even though I enjoy Mimi Strong’s sense of humor, I just don’t think I get her vision of romance, so I’ll be staying away from her romance books in the future.
If you like chick lit fiction, you might still enjoy Stardust especially if you’re willing to commit to all three books and get to something that resembles a decent ending. I wasn’t.
Link: Stardust at Amazon
Peaches Monroe is a curvy, opinionated blonde who manages a small town book store.
Dalton Deangelo is a famous actor who sets hearts on fire with his smoldering eyes and devious grins.
Dalton plays the sexiest bad boy vampire on TV. He’s hotter than Edward from Twilight, and badder than Damon from The Vampire Diaries.
When Dalton runs into the book store to hide from reporters, he refuses to leave… until he gets a date with Peaches Monroe.
As soon as Peaches kisses Dalton, her quiet, small-town life begins to unravel.
First comes love, then comes… marriage?
Oh, and this description? “First comes love, then comes… marriage?” I don’t even know what the purpose of that is in the blurb because it’s so far from what happens in this book that it doesn’t even make sense. It’s misleading and you should know that if you plan to read this one. :)