{Review} True Hero by Susan Owensby


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{Review} True Hero by Susan OwensbyTrue Hero by Susan Owensby
Publisher: Wicked Women Designs on May 20, 2017
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Pages: 318

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On the run, with no one to turn to,
I’m doing all I can to stay alive, protect myself, and my little boy.
I left everything behind, determined to start over and give my child a normal life.
I have rules. Rules I have to follow. Rules that keep me alive.
1. Keep my head down.
2. Keep life simple.
3. Trust no one.

That definitely includes retired Navy Seal Jonah Bradford. He’s completely off limits.
It doesn’t matter if he wakes up the woman inside of me.
I can’t be that woman anymore. No matter how much he makes me wish I could.

Giving up my career to run the family business wasn’t an easy decision. Once a SEAL, always a SEAL.
Yet, I’ve adjusted. I like my life, but something is missing.
One look at the freckle-faced beauty working at the local diner and I know exactly what it is.
But, I’m alive today by following my instincts and everything about Ally is setting off alarm bells that scream she’s trouble.
I don’t care. I want her.
The problem is she won’t give me the time of day.
That’s okay. I like a challenge.
I just have to uncover all of her secrets and end the fear that keeps shining in her eyes.
Operation Ally is underway.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

True Hero by Susan Owensby

The Verdict: I’m not sure I’ve ever attempted to read another book as desperately in need of an editor as True Hero.  I didn’t expect a wholly original plot, and I assumed there would be a few errors in my advance copy, but this is beyond bad.  Hoping that the copy I received simply hadn’t gone through even the first round of editing, I waited to see what was made available on Amazon, but I was disappointed to find that not a single one of the countless errors in copies available to early readers was corrected prior to publishing.

Now, I know that I can be a bit of a stickler for proper grammar and syntax.  But I also know that if I freaked out over every little mistake, I’d never get through a single book.  And who among us doesn’t get knocked over by the typo fairy from time to time?  My vision problems alone are reason enough to use an editor if I decide to publish (not just casually blog about) something.  Like anyone else, I mistype things from time to time, screw up a sentence when I go back to change something, and (at least in blogging) tend to write much more casually than I would if my words were subject to the scrutiny of paying readers.  But in True Hero, we’re talking problems with the most basic punctuation.  The stuff you you get pop quizzed on in middle school.  The very first rule you learn when you’re first introduced to commas.

To be clear, my problem isn’t with the author.  Her job is to tell a story, and she does that.  I don’t fully know how well she does that, since I gave up and moved on to something else, but I wasn’t unhappy with the chapters I managed to read.  And honestly, I don’t care if the author can spell or not, whether she uses punctuation at all, or if she throws random apostrophes in words just because she thinks it looks cool.  A good editor can clean that up and let the story shine through.  My problem here is with the editor, and this book did have an editor — according to the copyright page, that is.  I’m just not sure what the editor actually did.

Sorry for the blurring. I didn’t figure I’d get permission to post a legible screenshot of the entire prologue.  Every one of those red arrows is an embarrassingly basic punctuation mistake.

Yeah, it may be a little nutty of me to screenshot and mark a page like this, but to tell you the truth, I initially only did it as an illustration for myself.  I was half convinced that I was simply overreacting and being all nit-picky, that it really couldn’t be as bad as I perceived, and that I’d quickly realize I was overreacting.  Not the case, unfortunately.  *Sigh*  I sooooooo wanted to read this story. It seemed to have exactly the kind of plot I love, and the synopsis sucked me right in; even the cover is pretty awesome.

Sadly, this book has a good number of positive reviews, which leaves me wondering about its audience.  How did they not stumble over all those weirdly placed commas?  Did they actually read it?  Can they pass a 5th grade English test?  I don’t really think all those other readers are dumb; I just don’t get how they could put themselves through this mess.   It was just impossible for me to even get to the story through all the errors, and in its present state, I wouldn’t even suggest it to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Author: ysar

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