Given the choice between reading a hard copy of a book or an e-copy, I’m more likely to choose paper every time. There’s just something about holding a book in my hands that I love – not to mention there are way less distractions when there aren’t alerts flashing all over the screen, and I can get way more reading done in one sitting. But the upside of reader on an e-reader (Kindle, for me,) is the 10% sample at your fingertips. I do love that if I’m on the fence about a book, especially when it’s a new to me author, I can get a taste of their writing before investing my hard earned money on a book. Some samples blow me away and I am rabid for more, some leave me with a meh feeling, and it’s hit or miss on whether or not I’ll buy them (mood reader in the house!) and others, I can tell right away, just aren’t for me. I’ve been utilizing the sample feature much more recently, and I thought it would be fun to put a post together on a few books I have sampled, and whether or not I have decided to read them in their entirety. Without further ado, here are some recent tries.
Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
What drew me to this book: Once again, my foray into bookTube has suckered me in, Desireé from Unbound Book Reviews raves about Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, and the release of this book had her pimping hard. I read a Vi Keeland book years ago and really enjoyed it, but for some reason, I never picked another one up. But with all the buzz surrounding this one, and (HELLO) that cover, I knew it was time to jump back on the Vi Keeland train and give Penelope Ward a go.
What I thought of the sample: Going in, this book had two strikes against it. One – it ends with a cliffhanger. But it was easy to set that concern aside once I found out the next book was less than two months away. The other – the insubordinate employee that the boss just can’t help but fall for. Yes, I know. I have ranted about this trope, but there have been times when this trope worked for me. And guys, it seemed to be working for me here. I like Gia’s spunk and Rush’s grump already.
I’m hooked, and I’ve purchased Rebel Heir. BOLO for my review in the next few weeks!
Reckless by Lex Martin
What drew me to this book: It was a combination of things – this book has been in my Goodreads feed non-stop recently, and with that hot cover, I couldn’t help but check it out. The relentless Goodreads pimping, the cover, and the blurb sold me on this one.
What I thought of the sample: Guys…I didn’t even finish the sample of this one. I made it through the prologue and then raced to Amazon to buy it. I love that not only are we getting a story of ‘the other woman,’ but that it’s a ‘fresh start’ story. I love it when someone picks up and leaves to start over. Also, I already love this heroine. It’s clear she has a big heart and is just looking for a place to belong.
Reckless is going to the top of my to be read list – I cannot wait to read this one!
I would love to know what you think of Amazon’s sample feature, and if there are any books you picked up that you may have otherwise passed on.