Oh, where do I even begin, my fellow tattoo parlor themed romantic book loving friends? How about confessing I have enjoyed the few books I’ve read from this series so far, but that trend may now possibly be over.
Book 1, “Tall, Tatted, and Tempting”, completely drew me in, but it was Book 4, “Maybe Matt’s Miracle”, that melted my heart and had me longing to read each and every one of this now 18 book series. If you only have time to read one of these books, let that be the one, folks.
“Proving Paul’s Promise”, Book 5, was one I oddly forgot to review/rate even though I do remember reading it. All I recall there is the oldest Reed bro, who filled in as the daddy role for these siblings, finally going after and winning over the heart of the woman he thought was unobtainable.
The title of this one, Book 6, sums up my feelings pretty dang well. I felt “zip, zero, zelch”enthusiasm for this romantic tale. It had all the potential of a great read, but I’d have to compare the writing style to trying to listen to your favorite song being sung completely off key by an unknown performer. Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you, and everso so disappointed. It wasn’t just the overuse of the pronoun “I” either, since it is told in first person/dual POV. I can usually shake that off. No, it was the monotonic, wooden, mechanical, and obviously poorly scripted sentences that ruined it for me. Throw in the unlikely combination of a rough/tough NFL football player being all about baking cupcakes and the stuttering inflicted, famous drummer heroine being in an all girl band made up of her orphanage sisters, I just couldn’t conceive those scenarios as being particularly likely.
By mid-way, the writing improved somewhat but the content, not so much. The appearance of the spawn of Satan, ex-girlfriend/cheerleader drama and what Peck, the heroine, is named after further fueled my discontent and confusion. The weird, uncensored, frank discussion between Peck and her posse of sisterhood band mates regarding Sam’s manly parts had me shaking my head, as well. But the final “What the heck?” moment was a smexy scene during her monthly time, folks. Yeah, I’m so done.
Did I have enough sense to quit? No, I pushed on until the 70% mark, where I just couldn’t take it anymore. This despite the set-up for a big argument that is sure to lead to a smackdown argument and predictable separation.
Realistically, I know it is very doubtful I’ll ever get the chance to read this entire series. Now I’m no longer sure I still want to. Currently Book 1 is free. So grab it while you can. Some of the others might still be on sale, as well. However, most of them are “VERY” short novellas, so be sure to check page length if that is an issue with you. For me, when I purchase a book I expect to get a healthy dose of the author’s writing talent, not just a quick short story churned out as a filler book just to keep a series going. This one was 230 pages so a decent length in my opinion.
Well, I have zip, zero, zelch more to say about this one. Here’s to hoping others enjoy it. I feel a little bit guilty for not liking it, because I don’t mind a tough guy having a gentler side and a sweet heroine overcoming adversity. Again, it was the writing. It just didn’t feel like the same author who wrote the previous three books I’ve read.
Title: Zip, Zero, Zelch, Series: Reed Brothers (Book 6), Author: Tammy Falkner, Pages: 230, stand-alone but part of a series, professional football player hero, wasn’t enjoying the writing style.
(These comments are based on a purchased copy. This is not an advanced reader copy review.)