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Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Blind Her With Bliss

Title: Blind Her With Bliss
Author: Nina Pierce
Page Count: 195 KB (Kindle format)
Publisher: self-published
Genre: contemporary romance
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review

She's trying to find herself. He's attempting to hide. Together they'll discover a truth that threatens them both...

Investigating the death of her best friend, uptight accountant, JULIE TILLING, discovers an erotic world of adult nightclubs and Internet intrigue. When shock jock DAMON COREY rocks her world in a wild night of lust, she wonders if she's found love...or the key to solving a murder.

I feel like accountants get a sort of unfair knocking in the world of romance novels.  They're always the staid, boring people dealing with crushing loads of responsibility and their lives are, to say the least, devoid of fun or excitement.

This sums up the lot that Julie Tilling, our intrepid, book balancing heroine, seems to have drawn at the beginning of the story.  She's dealing with the loss of a friend while at the same time balancing a stifling existence as the band aid for all the various scrapes and problems her various family members manage to dig up.

The plot here is kind of push-started by using some standard tropes- the death of the friend has been written off by the police as a suicide but Julie just can't accept that, so naturally she decides to investigate it herself, despite having no qualifications to do so.  This also involves her going "undercover" as a scantily clad party girl at a sex-themed club whose owner may have insight into how her friend died and under what circumstances.  This all makes perfect sense to Julie but the reader does have to suspend disbelief to allow the story to get started.

While she's at the club, she meets notorious shock jock Damon (or Demon, as his stage name indicates) and the sparks immediately fly.  Damon is a stereotypical nice guy in the most non-nice guy of jobs, and the fact that he doesn't opt for immediate disclosure of certain facts (such as the camera in the office where the two of them have sex for the first time) made me make a kind of strange face.  I really wanted to believe that Damon was a nice guy and that Julie wasn't quite so gullible but I didn't quite make it there.

Suffice it to say, Julie and Damon keep trying to figure out what happened to her friend, and in the process, they fall fast and hard for one another.  Perhaps the most interesting part of the story for me was watching Julie finally grow a backbone where her family is concerned.  Julie was always so reliable and did anything for them, to the point that they just assumed that she existed just to do things for them. Her sisters seemed to be the worst of the lot when it came to this; I understand relying on people and the importance of having reliable people but their condescending attitude towards Julie made me wish she'd put the smack down a lot sooner. Their reliance on Julie smacked a lot of control, and while it's difficult to have an important person in your life shift their priorities, it doesn't make being a creep okay.  There are two more books in this trilogy that I believe feature Julie's sisters as the heroines so perhaps their uppence is coming in a future installment.

Was this a perfect book? No, but that's okay.  Was the plotting as tight as I would have hoped? No, but again, if one can suspend a lot of disbelief you do get a lot of story packed into a relatively short number of pages, which is no easy task.    Overall this is a quick, sassy story with a lot going on that introduces a broad cast of characters and lays the foundation for future installments as well.


Nina Pierce has graciously offered up a great prize to one lucky reader here at What Book is That!  One lucky winner will win (depending on his or her location) either a digital copy of the book (if an international resident) or a set of romance trading cards (if a US resident.) This giveaway is open until January 13th at 11:59 pm EST.  To enter, just fill out the form below.  Good luck!
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