Title: The Perfect Match
Author: Raven Starr
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: interracial, magic/fantasy, contemporary
Length – 138 pages
Pagan & Pagan Elements: yes/yes
Card Rating: — 2
Reviewed by: Brandi
About The Book: From Red Rose Publishing: Kiora Webb is a typical Pisces woman. Independent, creative, and romantic, but she just couldn’t meet the right guy. Working at Caper’s New and Used book store; was the perfect place for her. For an early birthday present her friends treat her to a girl’s night out to Club Fusion where she meets slick talking Donovan Black. From his self-assured stance to his lame, run-down pick up lines, she dismisses him swiftly.
Donovan Black has never been turned down before. When beautiful Kiora Webb doesn’t fall head over heels for him, he’s crushed. Taking his failure as a game Donovan’s buddies persuade him into thinking he could never have a woman like her. Donovan set out to prove them wrong. But what started out as a ploy turns into something that not neither one of them could foresee.
What can that ploy be?
“A Perfect Match” is a really cute idea for a romance story, but tragically the novel does not live up its promise. While the characters are lively and personable, the author’s decision-making in storytelling is questionable. The set up of Kiora and Donovan meeting covers the first 30 pages in the book, but the building of their relationship – from their first date to becoming a couple – is over in one page. The reader goes from the two main characters meeting, arguing, and apologizing; then within two paragraphs is in the middle of their romantic relationship. Because of this “quick look” over the romance portion of the story, the reader feels cheated. In writing a love story, the author needs to remain aware that while the characters are romancing each other, the reader is being romanced as well. When Ms. Starr skipped over this important step, she disconnected the reader from her characters, so that the audience never truly connects to Kiora or Donovan.
The underlying pagan elements of the story – the astrology soul mate connections, ghost hauntings and blessings – seem to be afterthoughts in the telling of the tale. None of these themes make a remembered appearance, and the story would have been better off without them.
Also, the editing of this book is – in a word – atrocious. Simple, basic rules of grammar and writing are overlooked if not ignored all together; revised characterizations and plot changes are left uncorrected throughout the text. All of this makes the book difficult to read, and it is shameful the novel was released to the public in this condition.
The entire book reads like a first draft in need of many revisions – which is very unfortunate as Raven Starr had a good idea in “A Perfect Match.” The dialogue is funny and interesting, and the many characters in the book all have their own personality. Hopefully in future efforts, Ms. Starr will take the time to develop her characters’ relationships, which would make her writing that much more interesting and desirable.
Pagan Elements: astrology, ghosts
Cover (Rated 1-10): 5. While the cover models were great, the concept is plain, and the production seems a bit sloppy. Nothing memorable about it.
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