(dedicated to Raine, who
"[Author] is at the top of his/her game."
So everything published after this will be [author] headed for rock bottom?
"Best book I've read in ages."
Are you an immortal who squanders the centuries reading nothing but crap, or is the author merely your BFF roommate at all the cons?
"Do yourself a favor and buy this novel!"
You mean this lukewarm ho-hum read that wasted three hours of my life because after plowing through the first lame chapter I decided to finish the damn thing instead of what I really should have done -- throw it in the Friends of the Library donation box -- to justify the $8.99 I squandered on it? I'm sorry, how is any of that doing myself a favor?
"He can't stop thinking about her."
Three words: Monday. Night. Football.
"Her two best friends help her . . . "
If there's more than one helpful female secondary character in the story who is not trying to surreptitiously seduce the male protagonist, back stab the female protagonist, or otherwise serve as a quasi-antagonist, then what we have is a girl posse, which also means there will be more romance between the gals than anyone else in the book. Pass.
". . . mind-blowing, intensely erotic . . ."
Okay, they're going to be doing it every five pages. P.S., if I want my mind blown, I'll put down the book and go find my guy.
"She has never known such pleasure . . ."
I know what this means! She lost her virginity during an unfortunate fumbling and wholly unsatisfying experience during her college years, or she was briefly married to an older guy with an unspecified health problem that prevented him from consummating their love. Or she simply has terrible taste in men (in which case, how does she end up with unknown pleasure dude?)
"The book EVERYONE is talking about . . ."
Unfortunately for your author I've already heard what EVERYONE is saying about it.
"They enter into a marriage of convenience . . ."
Which oddly enough never proves to be convenient for anyone in the story. Maybe we should start calling it what it really is: a marriage to provide conflict for the characters.
"When the passionate night she can never forget results in disaster . . . "
. . . that (logically) should be an STD, but somehow instead always turns out to be a) outraged parents forcing Mr. Unforgettable to marry Ms. Despoiled (of course the best man to espouse their daughter is the jerk who discarded her like a used tissue after one honk); b) a secret love affair eventually exposed and regarded as even more tawdry than one passionate night (instantly forgiven, naturally, once wedding bells have officially chimed); or c) I really have to stop at b because I'm enjoying this too much and that's when I get really vicious. Anyway, what said unforgettable night o' passion never seems to result in is a realistic, believable adult relationship. That is, evidently, asking too much; so is expecting me to buy it.