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S.C. Rhyne is a world traveler, blogger, and novelist based in New York City. When she isn't writing or exploring, she enjoys swimming, reading historical fiction, and discovering new music. Her first novel, The Reporter and The Girl blurs the lines of reality and imagination, and conjures the emotions that bind us together.
on May 08, 2014 :
New York has never been sexier!
Embark on a journey that will take you away into the heart of Romance mixed together with Sexy Hot Fun that is not for the faint of Heart.
While this is not your typical love story a deeper message I felt was hidden inside of the story. That message divulges in the sometimes more difficult dating scene that is found through electronic social media. You never know whom you are going to meet and run into. Sometimes those you end up with are not worth the effort, while others are filled with hot hedonistic fun that will take you on riveting interludes with unending desire and lust. Sometimes who you meet can truly leave you in love and give you that special someone that you can share the rest of your life with. For 'The Reporter and The Girl MINUS The Super Man!' you get a little bit of everything. It will leave you on the edge of your seat and have you wanting more.
I thought that the ride was enthralling and unique on many different levels that most readers will enjoy and want to partake in.
I vote 5 Stars for Author S.C Rhyne and can't wait to read more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 22, 2013 :
An emotional roller coaster of misguided conversations while travelling round New York. I found it engaging and kept hoping they would get together.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 15, 2013 :
I didn’t have a lot of expectations when I started reading this book, but as I kept turning the pages I grew more and more fascinated by the characters and their story. It is not your typical clichéed romance story with a happy ending. It’s much more than that and it’s almost like a voyeuristic experience focused on Sabrien’s feelings. Sabrien meets Jon through a dating site and starts exchanging messages, talking on the phone, meeting with him. And she falls hard for him. They break up, they start hanging out and then they “break up” again. Sabrien is devastated and trying to make peace with the events. Was it love? Or was it infatuation or obsession? I don’t know if we’ll find out ever.
Sabrien’s character really grew on me. I could sympathize with her inability to express what she really means and misreading Jon. Sometimes it can be really hard to communicate with someone, and this book manages to capture that feeling of frustration. I kind of knew that Sabrien wasn’t pregnant, and there was something wrong, so I felt really sad when she actually revealed her problem. I would also describe her as rational and she would sometime include stuff like gentrification in her thoughts. It seems like she can never stop analyzing things. But this is also her downfall, because she can’t handle well the avalanche of emotions she’s caught in after breaking up with Jon.
Jon’s character is mainly seen from Sabrien’s point of view, so it ranges from nice to annoying. There are a couple of chapters told from Jon’s point of view and we can see that he’s frustrated by Sabrien inability to open and communicate with him. Still, that doesn’t really excuse him from his asshole moments. Yeah, I didn’t really like Jon.
The sex scenes weren’t over the top like in most erotic books, and they weren’t very detailed. The first sex scene is a BDSM scene and it includes urophagia. I think it’s good to know as some readers might be umcomfortable with that. Sabrien is not a very good Dom, but like I said she misreads Jon constantly.
I think the last 7 chapters were extremely good as they managed to capture the fallout from Sabrien and Jon relationship. Sabrien trying to find people to tell what happened between her and Jon, so they could confirm it wasn’t her fault was actually sad, but very real at the same time. Sabrien doesn’t have the coping mechanisms for a breakup, so she struggles to find a way to move on even though she’s convinced she loves Jon. The last chapter is great, but I’m not going to spill the ending, so you’ll just have to read to find out.
The book might start a bit slow, but I advise you to keep going because it gets better and better. I think one of its best qualities (and a quality I appreciate in any book) is that it makes you think and reflect upon your own relationships. As I said before, it’s not a perfect romance, but it is close to reality and so raw, it’s almost haunting.
(you can also find this review on my blog http://mcgreviewsandrants.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/the-reporter-and-the-girl-minus-the-super-man-by-s-c-rhyne-book-review/)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 26, 2013 :
Sabrien Collins is an independent New Yorker. Jon Sudbury is a suburban boy she finds online. This is not a love story. It is however a story about looking for love in this electronic world we find ourselves in.
The sex is sporadic but raw in both action and emotion and portrays perhaps quite accurately what happens when lovers arrive at the same lustful place … just not always at the same time. Texts and messages between Sabrien and Jon are often lost in translation with the receiver misunderstanding the sender’s hidden message … you know that one we hide in a statement… that’s really a question? The Author very carefully skims the surface of her characters’ wants and needs as they interact just short of the true level that they both want. At the same time, she delivers depth and understanding of her characters to us, her readers. She tells us what Sabrien and Jon cannot easily tell each other.
Could it be that the E-Generation has feelings, and needs, and desires that can’t be explained in 140 characters or less? S.C.Rhyne would have us believe that they do…and that even in the most modern of times, Love still hurts.
(advance copy reviewed before purchase)
(reviewed the day of purchase)