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REVIEW:  A Terrible Love by Marata Eros

REVIEW: A Terrible Love by Marata Eros

Dear Ms. Eros:

I requested this book because I have yet to read a New Adult romantic suspense and I thought that this book might bring something different to the genre. Unfortunately the suspense portion of the story hinged on rather dumb people and highly suspect coincidences lending a feeling of unbelievability to the entire story.  The best part of the story was the heroine’s love for ballet.  That was the only thing that came off authentic in the entire book.

Hugging couple on black backgroundJess Mackey is the missing daughter of a presidential candidate. She has moved to Seattle and because of hair dye and colored contact lenses, she is completely incognito.  No one can recognize her!  And she’s able to afford going to another college without any family help. If only college was so cheap, right?  Jess is tormented by a memory of hiding in a closet while her best friend is bludgeoned to death by her step brother.  Her answer to this is to run away. The fact that a presidential candidate’s daughter was missing would be such huge news that unless the chick is living in an underground, closed off silo this storyline doesn’t work at all.

At her new college, she has made friends with a couple of girls and is meandering her way through classes because she misses her true love – dancing.  Her friend and roommate knows this and arranges for her to “secretly” audition for the Seattle Pacific Ballet which is selecting a student from her University to be part of the ballet company.

Jess is also the hottest thing on campus apparently because gorgeous male specimen A, Marcus, asks her out and continues to pursue her even though Jess is embarking on a sex only relationship with gorgeous specimen B, Camden.  She also has a hottie she sits next to in Biology class that defends her from jocks who make rude remarks to her. Everyone loves her and wants her from her killer step brother to the random stranger hanging around campus on his motorcycle.

In an effort to maintain suspense, the backstory of why Jess has run away and what trauma she has sustained is dribbled out in vague references and isn’t even fully explained in this book. I started the companion book on a whim and it was fully explained in the first chapter.  Why we didn’t get this kind of closure in book 1, I’m not entirely sure. (The companion book is the same story from the male POV). Suspense isn’t driven by Jess’ flight from her PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FATHER but rather some brute on campus that is repeatedly trying to rape Jess.  After the third attempt on Jess’ body, I’m not horrified or scared for her, I’m rolling my eyes at the clumsy use of this plot device.

There were two areas that I thought was decently done – the sexual tension and the dancing.  The love of ballet exudes from the pages as the heroine spins on her toes and sweats blood and tears through each practice. A true ballerina.  But as a romantic suspense, vagueness and lack of a believable plot really drags the story under.  The whole tone of the book is vague and melodramatic with Jess constantly telling us how not pretty, not talented, and ordinary she is.  Given that everyone else thinks she is beautiful and desirable and the best ballerina ever, her Eeyore attitude is wearying and comes off as false modesty.

A tiny bit of racism at the end. Thanks a lot. But seriously, if I see a white chick do that in a nail salon, I think I might punch her out. Really not funny.

FANCY NAILS, the sign claims. Uh-huh.

We sit down and strip our winter boots and socks off.

“I make your feet look pretty,” an Asian pedicurist promises.

But he hasn’t seen my feet yet . . . really looked.

Though anything would be better than what’s going on now. He looks at my beaten feet and asks, “What do you do to your feet, pretty girl?”

“I dance,” I answer.

“You pay extra for more work.” His syllables pop like second- language gunfire.

“Okay.” I relent and Carlie shrieks laughter beside me.

“I love you long time,” she giggles while she shakes her ample bosom back and forth and my face flames in embarrassment.

I realized at the end of the story that this was a good idea and I’d love to read some New Adult suspense but something that was better executed than this.  D

Best regards,


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#Giveaway:  Maggie Robinson, Marata Eros, Sharon Kleve

#Giveaway: Maggie Robinson, Marata Eros, Sharon Kleve

Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 19.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

From Author Maggie Robinson


First in the new Edwardian Ladies Unlaced series, July’s In the Arms of the Heiress (starred review from Library Journal!) and last in the Regency London List series, August’s Lady Anne’s Lover (5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies). First chapters here.

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From Author Marata Eros


A BRUTAL TENDERNESS by Marata Eros “There are two sides to every story. In this dark and sexy companion novel to the New York Times bestseller A Terrible Love, experience the sizzling passion and pulse-pounding suspense through FBI agent Cas Steele’s eyes as he hunts down a psychopath…and falls for the killer’s prey.”

A TERRIBLE LOVE by Marata Eros “In this sexy and suspenseful new adult novel from New York Times bestselling author Marata Eros, a woman struggles to keep her painful past hidden—only to discover she’s not the only one with secrets…”

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From Author Sharon Kleve


Love Crazed:

Corny has her work cut out for her in “Love Crazed”, Book Four in The Corny Myers Series.

Corny’s excitement over serving on jury duty is squashed when she hears news of Steve’s ex girlfriend relocating to Seattle.

Steve’s an aggressive, tough, Seattle narcotics cop who thinks Celeste could do no wrong.
Celeste is back in town and has set her sights on rekindling her relationship with Steve. Being an FBI agent she’s used to getting what she wants, no matter what the cost.

Corny is trying to keep her relationship from falling apart, while rescuing pets, and saving her friend from a loan shark.


Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other’s arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

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Author of “The Corny Myers Series”
Flamingo Blues, Published by Books To Go Now December 2011
Be Mine, Published by Books To Go Now February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published, by Books To Go Now August 2012
Love Crazed, Published by Books To Go Now May 2013
The Corny Myers Series Anthology, Published by Books To Go Now May 2013

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