The book itself, the writing style and the characterizations lend it to a much higher rating than I will end up giving it. Julia Kent is a New York Time's best-selling author and clearly knows her target market well. I did find the writing style a little bit frothy for my personal taste and the characters a little one-dimensional; the slightly neurotic, marginally overweight Shannon and the "perfect" hunk that was Declan. I know there is a market for this type of story and well done Kent for finding it and exploiting it well. Her style is engaging and easy to read, her humor is clever at times and her references to current day celebrities and events help to bring realism to the story.
I have no doubt the complexities of the characters will be more exposed in the future "installments" but the question remains for this reviewer whether he will bother to buy those installments? The jury's still out on that, although I would like to, at least, see where the budding relationship between Shannon and Declan goes, so it's possible.
Look, if you like bubbly, frothy, fantasy style romances, ala, Bridget Jones, then you'll probably love Julia Kent's books. By all means, grab Shopping for a Billionaire 1 (After all, it is free on Kindle) just be warned, if you enjoy it and love the characters, as many readers clearly do, you will have to purchase several more short books, to get the full story.
A good, solid three stars from me, that would have been four, if it had been a full novella or novel, rather than a serial.
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