Review: Turn It Up by Vivian Arend

Posted October 6, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Turn It Up by Vivian Arend
Turn It Up
by Vivian Arend

2 Stars


Released: February 8th 2011
Series: Turner Twins #2
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Format: eBook

“There wasn’t anything wrong with this book, the main problem I had with it was that it never captured or maintained my interest”
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Maxwell Turner has been in love with Natasha Bellingham for a while, however, due to their age difference she refuses to see him as anything more than a friend. So, when she drunkenly confesses to him one night that she is planning to have a baby via artificial insemination, he knows he has got to stop her. After all, she has a man right here willing to give her anything she wants, including children, all he has to do is convince her…

Before I start this review, I’m giving you a disclaimer: this isn’t my usual type of book, the blurb didn’t really attract me and apart from certain authors contemporary romance isn’t normally my type of read. I hear you cry “so why the hell did you read it?!”, that’s a fair question, every now and then I like to shake up what I read, tastes change after all and I do sometimes go back and read and enjoy something I never thought I would. Hence, this book, it was an experiment. Sadly for me it wasn’t a very successful one.

There wasn’t anything wrong with this book, the main problem I had with it was that it never captured or maintained my interest, if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s quite short I doubt I would have finished it. Just out of boredom. But, I did finish it and I know other girls on the blog really like Vivian Arend, which I why I added that disclaimer at the beginning of this review.

Max, the hero was ten years younger than Tasha, the heroine – 24 to her 34, however, although that is an obstacle in the book, what they really need to over come is Tasha’s mistrust of men and her fear that she isn’t lovable. A matter that Max, by the end of the book, by being incredibly, sickeningly perfect and sweet, has managed to put to rest. They were nice together, however, I felt like I was missing something that I had missed an essential step in their romance, they went from friends to old married couple in a matter of pages. It almost felt like I was halfway through a long series and I had missed a lot of back story.

As I said, this wasn’t my type of read and I won’t be in a rush to read the other book in this series, this experiment in trying new things was definitely a failure!


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About Vivian Arend

Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 30 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well-entertained.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Well that stinks :-/


It’s a really old book, and I think we expect more from our romance!

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.


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