#BookReview: Comfort Zoned by Allison Speka #Romance @bookroar_tweets
Hi everyone. Today I have a book review for you from an author new to me, who I discovered via BookRoar, Allison Speka. This is a fun romance read. Here’s my review >>>
About the Book:
Al has always struggled to feel comfortable in her own skin. When her best friend, and roommate, announces that she’s moving out, Al’s initial reaction is panic. For the first time, she’s on her own, and she must figure out what she wants for herself. When she meets Dean, she’s immediately drawn to him. He’s older, successful, and seems way out of her league. But still, there is an undeniable connection between them. Can Al take control of her life and get the courage to go after what she wants?
Dean appears to have his life together. He’s the owner of a successful restaurant in Chicago and could date any woman he wants. Although charming, he’s a cynic at heart and detests the idea of a committed relationship. But when he meets Al, he just can’t seem to stay away from her. Can he face his past demons and fight for something real for the first time in his life?
A fun romance read
Appearances can be deceiving, and none of us knows what another person is going through unless they open up to us. This story follows two characters from alternating points of view, and shows us how much they hide from the world around them.
For a first-time writer, this isn’t a bad read. However, it does suffer from lots of mistakes and hugely passive writing. Over and over, the author uses ‘saddled up’ instead of ‘sidled up’, which pulled me out of the read time and again. As did the over use of filler words, split infinitives, overly descriptive dialogue tags, which told what had been shown, and would have benefited from using some beats instead of tags all the time. Also, spelling errors litter what is otherwise a fun story. Added to all of this, word repetition abounds and could use input from a thesaurus to find alternatives.
Apart from needing a good edit and proofread, I found the storyline entertaining, amusing, and compelling. The writer has a strong voice, which is wonderful for a debut book. Each character shows a clear developmental arc, and a lovely sense of humour threads throughout the narrative. Below are a couple of lines which made me smile …
‘Tom was kind of like the big, loud, jerky older brother that I never wanted.’
‘Now I was feeling a little chilly from her icy glare.’ … if not for the passive writing and filler words, this is a fun line, which shows some of the humour I mentioned.
I offer 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 for rating purposes. With some polishing, this would be an absolute gem of a read, and I wish the author well with her future writing career. I can see Allison Speka going places as she grows and evolves.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
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