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Rachel Van Dyken
Latest book: Co-Ed. Pre-release—available February 28, 2018.

Smashwords book reviews by 123purplerabbit

  • Scandals & Seduction on Feb. 25, 2012

    Confused - I thought this was a book, but only appeared to be sample chapters. What's there is fairly well written, but there's no middle or end, just a beginning. It would be good if this was only a sample as I would like to read the full story, unfortunately it just stops without any explanation. I'm giving 3 stars for what's there, treating it as a teaser only, as it would be unfair to mark it as a book.
  • Bayou Bride on Feb. 25, 2012

    This was a sweet little story, fairly well written, but would be interested to see this author tackle a full length novel.
  • Superstar on June 07, 2012

    This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'm not sure it is truly reflective of her work. Whilst the narrative itself was well written, the 'heroine' was so obnoxious that it made the storyline improbable. I really couldn't understand why anyone would put up with her continual rude, ungrateful, self-centred behaviour and illogical opinions of Mark. It seemed that she preferred to believe every bad opinion she could find about him, whilst considering herself a good judge of character. A sentence near the end of the book would fit her as much as the person she's describing, "Carrin got the impression of a selfish, desparate girl with no self-respect or gratitude." I didn't feel there were adequate reasons for her continued hatred towards Mark so it became irritating and tedious. However, there most certainly were more than enough reasons for him to tell her to get lost, making it less believeable for him to keep pursuing her.
  • Kiss On The Bridge on June 13, 2012

    Basic premise of story was good, but was spoiled by lack of editing, or even a basic spellcheck, eg, 'They gave him a sauntered look and disappeared.' Apart from continuity errors, (eg, one moment Mark was doing his 'lifesaving backstroke' and the next he was looking at her over his shoulder - how?) and a lot of repetition of trite phrases, the main problem was the dialogue. For example, "Thanks for rescuing me." (Anneli). Wade's reply, "Take not another thought on the subject and say it." Or replies to unspoken thoughts, eg, He killed the bike's engine and looked over his shoulder into the eyes of the young lady he had fallen in love with. Thoughts of; 'don't look at me now I must look dreadful,' made him smile his warm friendly lazy smirk. "If this is your worse look, you're the most beautiful creature I've ever had the privilege to meet?" said Wade.
  • Chase on May 19, 2015
    (no rating)
    Not encouraged to buy this book due to the number of mispelled/ incorrect words in sales 'blurb' above.
  • It's Only Make Believe on Aug. 26, 2015

    Good but please find an editor/proof-reader. This is the first book I've read by this author, and overall, I did enjoy the book. However, I do have a couple of little niggles - the 'Hero' is a supposed player/ladies man, but if so, how could he be so utterly blind to the behaviour and actions of the villain, ie, Ruby. How on earth could anyone accept that her running to throw herself on him, returning from his honeymoon with his new wife, and asking 'Did you miss me?', is appropriate behaviour? Basic good manners would spot that that isn't quite acceptable, especially given his so-called class upbringing! And secondly, please please please find a good editor / proof-reader that complements your writing abilities. Whilst the new opportunities for eBook publishing leave the door wide open for bad grammar, punctuation & typing errors, on the whole this book was fairly well edited. BUT I just can't get the following out of my mind, sorry - but it kinda taints the entire book for me .... Page 135, "Ruby looked so sheik in a pastel green suit."