Monday, August 26, 2013

CLP Blog Tour: His Fantasy Maid

Welcome to the first stop on the CLP Blog Tour for His Fantasy Maid by Susan Blexrud! I was looking forward to reading this one because I like to occasionally read romances and this book sounded like fun. Unfortunately, I didn't end up loving the book and was glad that it wasn't very long. I loved the fact that the plot was different than anything I had read before but the book didn't really thrill me overall.

Here's the synopsis:
On the eve of Jake Sinclair’s bachelor party, his best man surprises him with a fantasy maid named Amy. Clad in a bikini, she cleans his house and jump starts his heart. She's beautiful, smart, and compassionate. Why is a woman like this working as a fantasy maid? A few days later, his thoughts still distracted by the enigmatic Amy, Jake crashes his car and wakes in the hospital emergency room where his fantasy maid is now wearing scrubs and wielding a stethoscope. Is she a hallucination, or is his fantasy maid a doctor?
I think it's important to know going in to reading this book that it's actually more of a novella (I think there were around 95 pages). This meant that things happened really quickly and there may not be satisfactory explanations or results. While I knew something like this could happen, the fact that things were moving speedily along made it seem far fetched and it was hard to get over that fact.

As the cover notes, it is a spicy read. I have no problem with that but I found the word usage odd. At times Blexrud was explicit and used proper (or at least proper slang) terms, other times she used phrases like "down there" and that made the story and scene seem kind of silly. It just didn't work for me, unfortunately.

As I mentioned, the main plot was something that I hadn't ever come across. It made things fun and it was kind of entertaining to read as Amy tried to lie about what she's really doing with her spare time. I liked that Amy was strong willed and determined to pay for her school debts on her own without the help of her brothers. She was a good character to read about and I enjoyed getting to know her a little better throughout the story.

All in all, His Fantasy Maid by Susan Blexrud fell a little flat for me. The main story really wasn't bad but there were too many issues (pacing, word choices, secondary characters that were mildly ridiculous and evil, cover, title...) for me to really love it. I'm sure others could love it but it just wasn't for me.

Happy reading :)

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