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Joon’s Temptation

August 12, 2014 | Fan Friday

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Until last month’s release Joon’s Temptation was one of my largely undiscovered titles. The book is one of my favorites, okay, they are all my favorites for one reason or another.

I wanted the story to have a second chance to enchant readers. With that in mind, I included a request for reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Experience has taught me there’s nothing wrong with asking for what I want. In fact, asking for exactly what I want increases the chances of getting it. Of course readers are under no obligation to do anything for me.

The reviews I appreciate most when I’m browsing for a new book are those that explain what they liked and what didn’t work for them. An informative, balanced review takes much more work than the I-loved-it or the don’t-waste-your-time kind. A rave with specific, what-I-loved-about-this-book details or a detailed rant both give me insight into whether or not the tale will appeal to me.

This might be the right time to admit I rarely take the time to write a balanced thoughtful review of stories I’ve read. :blush: My sole excuse is writers tend to critique more than review. A non-writer has a different, fresher perspective.

Do you read reviews before buying a book? Do your write reviews?

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Joon’s Temptation”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    I definitely read reviews before I buy books, and sometimes the very thing one reviewer dislikes about a book is what appeals to me. For instance, a reviewer might complain that the sex scenes are too hot. (I know, shocking.) Since I write erotic romance, that doesn’t bother me, and then I know I’m in for a spicy read. I review books on Goodreads as well, and you’re right about us writers tending to critique. I do my best not to be too harsh (even though I’m really harsh about my own work), and I always try to explain what I did and did not like about a book so that other people will know why I rated it what I did. I also avoid reviewing books by authors I’m friendly with since I know I’m biased.

  2. Evanne Says:

    Excellent points, Allie! I’m biased and opinionated :lol: but make an effort to be fair. When I take the time to write a thoughtful review, like you, I try to be clear about what worked for me and what didn’t.

    Literary evaluations are always subjective and something to keep in mind with both raves and rants.

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