ARC Review: Leveled by Cathryn Fox

Posted February 10, 2018 by Annie in Reviews / 12 Comments

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ARC Review: Leveled by Cathryn Fox
Leveled
by Cathryn Fox

2 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 16th 2018
Series: Blue Bay Crew #2
Published by Swerve
Pages: 112
Format: eARC
 

“We get a lot of the inner thoughts of the hero, Jamie. Sadly, I didn’t like him. At all.”
~ Under the Covers

LEVELED is the second book in the Blue Bay Crew by Cathryn Fox. Although this is not the first time I’ve read this author, it is my first book of this specific series. Since I was in the mood for something a little more sexier, I remember reading one of Fox’s past books so I decided to jump back into this newer series. I was intrigued by the blue collar heroes and the concept of this series. Sadly, the book didn’t quite meet up to my expectations.

My first issue with this book is that it is written in first person narration. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve read an Erotic Romance written this way so I really didn’t think it was the best way to convey the genre. Normally, I would be able to get over it. Or at least get used to it for the sake of finishing the book. However, I just couldn’t with this one and the reason is actually the second thing about this book that really didn’t sit well with me.

Since this book is first person, we get a lot of the inner thoughts of the hero, Jamie. Sadly, I didn’t like him. At all. I felt that being in his head was just so grating. He sounded so dumb. I struggled with being in his head so much.

I didn’t think the heroine was that much better. This story is about a bad boy and a rich girl. I found that this book didn’t offer much apart from that. So unfortunately, I will not be continuing on with this series.

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About Cathryn Fox

I've been reading romance novels for as long as I can remember. I just never thought I'd be writing them. In fact, I graduated from university with a business degree and started working in the Finance Department of Environment Canada...shiver. A few years into my career, my hubby, who's a meteorologist, got posted up north, population 800. I quit my job and went with him. At first all the spare time was great, then I got bored so I started to read. Day and night. When I ran out of books to read I decided to try writing one. After all, how hard could it be. Ha!! Well, you guessed it. It was hard!

Many years later I discovered Romance Writers of America and have learned a great deal since joining my local chapter. My journey to publication hasn't been smooth sailing, but with the support and guidance from the wonderful writers at RWAC, it's been a lot easier. And a lot more fun!

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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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Elizabeth

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Timitra
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Timitra

That’s unfortunate, thanks for sharing your thoughts Annie

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Thanks for your review annie!! Shared on all my socials!!

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I ARC read it too and had much the same feeling…REALLY didn’t like the first person. The switching back and forth drove me nuts. I’m glad I wasn’t alone with this feeling. I was a little more sympathetic with the h/h but I powered through. I was really glad I could give feedback to the author & publisher about what was bothering me.

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I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way. I usually like Fox’s writing style though.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Timitra
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Timitra

That’s unfortunate, thanks for sharing your thoughts Annie

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Thanks for your review annie!! Shared on all my socials!!

Lenna Hendershott
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Lenna Hendershott

I ARC read it too and had much the same feeling…REALLY didn’t like the first person. The switching back and forth drove me nuts. I’m glad I wasn’t alone with this feeling. I was a little more sympathetic with the h/h but I powered through. I was really glad I could give feedback to the author & publisher about what was bothering me.

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I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way. I usually like Fox’s writing style though.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ll pass on this book.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ll pass on this book.