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Library JournalRena is ready to try something new. Her attempt at becoming the local weather girl didn’t exactly work out, so she’s decided to write best-selling romance novels. Joining the local writer’s group doesn’t go exactly the way she planned, either—Rena quickly finds herself conned, blackmailed, and arrested for violating that pesky restraining order from the news station. Determined to clear the writing group’s good name and prove to the hot cop she is not a criminal, Rena embarks on writing the story of a lifetime.
Verdict Peterman goes for madcap romance in her debut novel but doesn’t quite hit the mark. Starting awkwardly, it takes a long time to find the frenetic, zany pacing necessary to sell the chaos surrounding Rena. Many of the subplots seem out of place and could have been removed to help keep that pacing at an even level. While there are funny passages (specifically in the novel Rena is writing) and a hot romance, these elements don’t quite make up for the book’s problems.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Lib.
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