Thursday, February 12, 2015

DANGER, LUST AND NEED by Lynn Myshe Joseph


Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Date published: October 2014
ISBN: 978-1-63105-360-3
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 2

An undercover FBI agent, Neil Alexander, meets up with another undercover agent, Mika Ashton, while on a job. They are instantly attracted to each other. Neil’s grandfather has sent him on a very dangerous case involving a Mexican drug cartel, and anything might not be what it seems.

I wanted to enjoy this book The blurb sounded very intriguing and the plot looked just different enough from many other secret agent type stories to pique my interest.
At the front of this book was a promo blurb for several other books. The first paragraph had a misplaced apostrophe (possessive instead of plural). I stopped reading the blurbs right there.

Sadly, it was a sign of things to come. In the first three pages of the book there were numerous instances of poor sentence structure (several sentences one after the other starting with the same word), wrong tenses, misused capital letters, a lot of comma splices, omitted words, some foreign words in italics others not, and a woman’s thighs described as “fluffy” which really pulled me out of the story.
I checked the title page and both an editor and a proofreader are named, so I googled the editor. She’s an author who also does various other book related jobs, such as editing. I read her profile. It had a misplaced apostrophe in it. Okay, so I know who to blame for them. But as to the rest, I don’t know whether or not someone massacred
Ms. Joseph’s grammar, or whether her editor didn’t correct it. Either way, it totally pulls the reader out of what has the potential to be a decent story.

I’m sorry. I simply can’t give the book a good mark. It was very difficult to see beyond a mountain of fixable errors into the true heart of the book. I suspect the vast majority of readers would not even try.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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