BOOK REVIEW: Shine Not Burn (Shine Not Burn #1) by Elle CaseyShine Not Burn (Shine Not Burn #1)
by Elle Casey
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Synopsis:

A full-length new adult/adult crossover romance novel of 101,700 words. Stand-alone, not part of a series. CONTENT WARNING: Due to adult sexual situations and language, this novel may not be appropriate for readers under 18.

IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS. I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much.

Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marriage license until it's all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she's going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she's thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick ... before her fiance finds out and everything she's been working toward goes up in flames.

Okay, so, I didn’t love this. And, come on, let’s give me a little credit: I may hand out a lot of 4 and 5 stars, but those books aren’t ever given a 5 based solely on the boys I so fondly adore. No, they have to earn it by merit, and yes, sometimes I may bump up the rating a little because I just wanted a happy read and something made me happy-that’s just how I work. But when there is something so ghastly as what bothered me in this book, then I just can’t do the ‘oh-my-gosh-this-was-perfect-but..’ rating bump. Because, as much as it pains me to say this, there was one thing and one thing only I hated about this book, and it was enough to lower my rating by TWO WHOLE STARS:
THE MAIN CHARACTER, ANDIE.

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Never in all of my life, well, maybe once or twice, have I hated a main character in such a fun-loving romantic comedy book as much as this chick. She’s indecisive, wishy-washy, ignorant, and completely blind. Indecisive. Back and forth. Did I say indecisive? Pulls on heartstrings. Waitwaitwait, there’s more…..SHE’S THE LITERAL DEFINITION OF A MOTHER-FUCKING DOORMAT. For real-People dissed on Tate from Ugly Love?? Andie could take lessons from Tate, she’s that dumb, PS-I adored Tate in Ugly Love, she just seems to be the first person I can think of that people would know. I mean, what person cares so little about their life and their happiness…all so they can follow a GD life plan?? Wtf. How moronic. Don’t hate me, Jen, please, because I have a super redeeming sentence for this review that will make you think way more of me:

Mack was the most amazing, selfless, sexy-as-sin male lead I’ve read about in a long time, and he is the only reason I literally cannot rate this book lower than a 3. It’s impossible, sorry not sorry. I only said I can’t give this five stars for a guy, I didn’t say I wouldn’t keep the rating respectful for him. He is just….god he was the kindest, sweetest, most butterfly-inducing man, even if I think he fell for a dumbass bimbo way too quickly in Vegas-However, I do think it was so sincere and so sweet that it didn’t bother me. And, again, the only problem with any of this story was that…ARGH-Andie chick. And if I had room ANYWHERE on my BBF shelf, he’d be up in the higher rankings. I know, I know, will wonders of Chelsea never cease to exist?? lol

I can’t say I don’t want to keep going on and on and on about Mack….because I do. I just couldn’t get enough of him. No, I didn’t believe it at first, the whole in love with a dipshit thing, but as the story progressed, he broke my heart and made my stomach unbearably butterfly clogged, and he even whipped out that, dare I say it, hoarse, broken whisper voice (EEEEEPS, I KNOW! Be still my heart!!). So, he got me-he got me good. But, like I said, there was just too much that annoyed me with the MC to keep going on about and not become a broken record. So, to sum up:

MACK-5 STARS
ANDIE-0 stars (indecisive twit)

Well…there you go.

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers) & Book Depository (click on book #)
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Shine Not Burn #1
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea
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MacKenzie Fire #2

Reviews:
Jen

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