Series: Windy City Romance #1
Author: Barbra Lohr
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2013
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About Her Favorite Mistake:Sometimes you make a mistake. Sometimes he's hard to forget. When Vanessa Randall appears on "Eye of the Tiger," a popular reality TV show, she isn't prepared to see her Vegas Hunky Hottie from four years earlier. She needs the Chicago Internet mogul's help, but he's the last man she wants back in her life.
Oh, Alex recognizes her all right. The long-legged brunette had called herself Vivien Leigh before slipping out before dawn. More than a little ticked off, he becomes Vanessa's mentor to help her ramp up Randall's Whipped Cream Cakes. Revenge can be sweet.
When business becomes personal, things get complicated. He wasn't counting on her toddler stealing his heart. His beach house on Lake Michigan doesn't impress her. Will sand castles and cinnamon toast win her trust? No way in hell does he want to be her favorite mistake. Subtle, sexy love scenes.
"Her Favorite Mistake" is the first novel in the Windy City Romance series.
Recommended for: Chicago lovers, pastry lovers, etc.
This book didn’t really hit the mark for me, but it was kind of cute. I think book hangover might have been part of the issue. I read it after a somewhat similar book – set in Chicago, female lead owns a bakery, etc. – that I really, really loved.
But I couldn’t really connect and found the writing choppy, which probably kept some of the narrative from feeling more human, more real. When you study writing, you always hear that the best writing doesn’t feel like writing – it feels like thoughts, or someone talking. This book felt like writing, so as I was reading it in my head, it didn’t feel natural.
There were also issues with the plot for me. Did anyone else find it hard to follow? You find out about things that are really important weeks after they happen. Things that probably should have been included as they happened – it would have built a lot more suspense that way, as well as clarified the characters’ behaviors during that gap period.
Lastly, and this is completely nit-picking but I just can’t not address it: the marketing stuff is way off-base. I am a marketer, and immediately cringed at the very beginning when they were talking about the advertorial.
Why? Because what they were talking about wasn’t actually an advertorial. I should know. I wrote one the day before I started reading this. I’ve written, like, five of them since (we just launched a new product at work). They just shot a plain old commercial that had storytelling in it. I figured I’d let it go, but the advertorial was mentioned constantly in the book, and it just made me cringe over and over. So part of me thinks that book wasn’t well-researched.
Again, for the average reader, that would not have been an issue. But marketing is my biggest passion, so it was frustrating.
I don’t think this book was flat-out awful – the story was cute. But I think that editing for both story and writing could’ve been a lot stronger.
About Barbara Lohr:
Barbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, adult as well as New Adult, often with a humorous twist. Her early career included teaching writing and lit, while writing theater and book reviews for the local newspaper. When her career broadened to advertising and marketing, her love of literature and writing remained. Eventually, national magazines published more than two hundred of her short stories. Today she concentrates on novels and novellas with feisty women who take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Barbara lives in the Midwest with her husband and their cat, who insists he was Heathcliff in another life. In addition to travel, her interests include outwitting the deer that insist on sharing her beloved garden. Her Windy City Romances series present Vanessa, Amy and McKenna and the men who are a match for these three high school friends.