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I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.


Oh, and I love chocolate.

The Shopping Swap

The Shopping Swap - Erin Brady

I expected this book to be predictable, and it was. It was your typical girl bumps into an unrealistically handsome man and they fall in love instantly. She has a boyfriend who treats her like a doormat and she can't see it until this ultra sexy man shows an interest and suddenly she realizes what a jerk her boyfriend of 5 years is. The hot guy is the reformed playboy who instantly loves the girl because she has no idea how cute she is and she doesn't know who he is (so that must mean she's not interested in him for his money).


But the cliched plot isn't the main reason for why I didn't really enjoy the book. As I said, I expected it. For me, the execution fell flat. I believe Maggie was supposed to come across as endearing, adorable, witty, (insert adjective of choice here). And she was at times. But mostly she was clueless, not very smart, gullible, and annoying.


Also, there were moments when Maggie would say that she wasn't into Ben because of his looks and money. That she could see his kind soul behind the brightly polished exterior. Yet, whenever she described him (to herself or others) the primary adjectives used were handsome, smart, incredibly hot, and rich. Umm... how about kind, loyal, supportive....


I also didn't really feel the connection between Maggie and Ben. That's important to me in a romance book.