ARC Review: The Real Thing by Melissa Foster

Posted November 16, 2017 by Annie in Reviews / 8 Comments

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ARC Review: The Real Thing by Melissa Foster
The Real Thing
by Melissa Foster

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 5th 2017
Series: Sugar Lake #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 286
Format: eARC
 

“I also wasn’t the hugest fan of the hero, Zane.”
~ Under the Covers

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read something from Melissa Foster. I haven’t given up on her at all, but life does get in the way sometimes. This series is one that’s slightly different. Firstly, it’s published with a publisher this time and I could immediately tell the difference in the writing. It doesn’t sound like Foster’s usual writing style. While the core bits are present, I do feel like the flow was different and I think that’s the result of having someone else working on it.

This book has a fake engagement trope in it. I am not a fan of this trope at all. It’s overused and kind of boring for me because I feel like it really undermines the romance and I felt that way with this book too. Everything that is meant to develop the bond between Willow and Zane felt contrived and unbelievable.

I also wasn’t the hugest fan of the hero, Zane. He’s an actor who has had a lot of great success. He’s meant to be a little cocky and for me, that was his downfall. I really didn’t like the part where he used the fact that he took Willow’s virginity all those years ago to coerce her into this fake engagement together. I don’t know. It wasn’t romantic to me at all so the author had to work extra hard to make up for it and make me fall in love with Zane again.

 

 

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About Melissa Foster

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately...I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Wow, that’s not cool. I’ll pass.

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Thanks for your review Annie,too bad I do love most of her series! Shared on all my socials!!

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Wow, that’s not cool. I’ll pass.

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Kathy Valentine

Thanks for your review Annie,too bad I do love most of her series! Shared on all my socials!!

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, it doesn’t sound like this book is for me.

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I’m excited to try book two though. I think it might be better for me.

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Thanks for the review, it doesn’t sound like this book is for me.

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I’m excited to try book two though. I think it might be better for me.