Three years ago, I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting veteran reviewer, Priscilla Johnson. Since then, our bond has strengthened and we’re as close as two blood sisters could ever be. So when she agreed to review my latest release, If I Your Woman, I was absolutely thrilled.
Here is what Priscilla, aka ‘Cilla – the book maniac from Baltimore, MD, shared with me about reading romance . . . .
Why did you decide to read romance novels?
I am late bloomer when it comes to reading romance novels. I began reading them after i discovered Beverly Jenkins. I discovered that finally there were a lot of romance novels with characters that looked like me.
What are the elements of a great romance for you as a reader?
Elements of great romance – female and a great hero. He doesn’t have to be gorgeous (even though that helps), but he has to be considerate, loving respectful. A story line that is realistic and not so-o predictable.
What is the hardest part of reading a romance/the easiest for you?
The hardest part is the formula many authors use ( in know it is standard) but it gets to be old and it doesn’t hold an interest long.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a romance reader?
The most rewarding part is the adventures, introduced to many different types of romance authors and readers
Join the celebration and show ‘Cilla some love by checking out her review of IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN below!
NOTE: Since this 2008 feature of Priscilla Johnson above, she has published a review of my book on behalf of APOOO Book Club on Amazon.com (see review below)!
Love like no other, March 28, 2013
This review is from: If I Were Your Woman (Paperback)
LaConnie Taylor-Jones returns with the long-awaited sequel featuring the Baptiste family with If I Were Your Woman. Raphael Baptiste, the driving force behind the musical group Les Croises, was not too happy about the request he had just received from his grandmother, Momma Z. He knew that someone was available to pick Laney up from the airport. Yet, deep down he knew he could not resist her this time.
Dr. Laney Olivia Houston, child prodigy, has grown into a force to be reckoned with. As the youngest researcher to be named director for the General Clinical Research Center for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Laney is about to take on her biggest challenge, winning the heart of Raphael. Before she could do that she has to overcome a secret she has been holding in for years and she has to show Raphael that love is the greatest gift of all.
Taylor-Jones packs a lot into this story. It is about sacrifice, family, trust, faith, commitment, courage, forgiveness and unconditional love. Raphael and Laney are bonded to each other and they learn that leaning on someone else does not make you weak. I enjoyed reading this story and it stirred up a lot of emotions. However, there were some parts that moved slowly for this reviewer. Fans of Taylor-Jones will definitely enjoy this installment in the Baptiste series.An advance reading copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.
Priscilla C. Johnson