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Review: Undone (Country Roads #1) by Shannon Richard

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Review: Undone (Country Roads #1) by Shannon RichardUndone by Shannon Richard
Series: Country Roads #1
Published by: Forever Yours on July 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: ARC From Publisher

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About the Book:

Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:

Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called "buck urine"
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King

After losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town isn't easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who's interested in much more than Paige's car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn't sure she'd ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive, or will their love come undone?






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Forgive my use of emoticons, but this basically charts out my feelings as Undone progressed:


1 😀 (Great expectations, beautiful cover, interesting blurb! I can’t wait to get started)

2 🙂 (Er…..I’m sure she’s saving the good stuff for later!)

3 😐 (Right. Oh well. It’s not that bad)

4. 😡 (Er. Okay. Yeah-no)


This read is the perfect example of the classic romance novel gone wrong. It contained all the elements that said book is supposed to contain and produced absolutely nothing that grabbed my interest or stuck out to me.


Here are a few things you can be assured you’ll find in Undone:


Seemingly average heroine with no redeemable qualities? Check

Hot-and-tumble hunk with an almost identical personality as the heroine? Check

Insta-love (after insta-hate) between these two protagonists? Check

A superficial plot thrown in towards the end, with absolutely no build-up? Check


I really did start to grow to like Brendan, though. And I really think that if the author had put more effort into building his character (Characterization, authors, is everything), the book really could have redeemed itself in my eyes. But through bland vocabulary repeated endlessly, I eventually lost interest in the characters, and consecutively lost interest in the book.


Just out of curiosity, I conducted a search on the pdf and found that the ‘Paige said’ count was over 150. Now I really suggest that in the future, if you want to hold a reader’s interest long enough to trap them into your story, you use a thesaurus and find new, more engaging vocabulary that isn’t repeated numerous times in a paragraph.


Although humorous at points, with several promising secondary characters, the book was simply too bland for me. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quick contemporary romance, or anyone having trouble falling asleep.



My Rating

2 Out of 5 Controllers


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About Shannon Richard

Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective, but loving brothers. She was raised by a somewhat eccentric mother who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, and lives in Tallahassee. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination.