Friday, January 3, 2014

REVIEW: The Blog Affair by Alissa Baxter

The Blog Affair
by Alissa Baxter

Twenty-something, white, South African Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. Romance with her boss is a no-no, but slowly, Nick works his way around her defenses. Trust him, or not, especially with her awful track record with men?
When an anonymous male reader of the blog challenges her on her ideas about the male species, Emma realises she must confront her past and find her true self before she can move forward...and love can blossom again in her future.


Book Title The Blog Affair
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About the Author:
Alissa Baxter was born in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first novel, The Dashing Debutante.
Alissa travelled to London, England, and did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote after she moved back to South Africa and settled in Durban. Alissa then relocated to Cape Town where she wrote her third novel, Send and Receive, before moving to Johannesburg, where she currently lives with her husband and son.

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Enjoy the following excerpt for BOOK TITLE:

Damn him. Damn him. Damn him. Like a bad apple, he just had to pop up in her new home. She’d left Durban to escape him, and here he was, back again, tormenting her as ever. Awful enough that memories of him were with her all the time, without him turning up in the flesh. And what flesh it was….
“You had a good time in Italy?” she inquired.
Phil nodded.
“Great. Well, I have things to do. Bye.”
“Running away, Em?”
Emma, who had starting walking toward the door, stopped in her tracks and turned around. “I’ve moved on, Phil.”
“You mean you’ve moved away. You haven’t moved on.”
“What makes you so sure?”
Phil gazed into her eyes before looking down at her mouth, and Emma swallowed hard. He always made her insides twist into knots, and the fact she couldn’t bear to be in the same room with him for even five minutes clearly showed she hadn’t moved on.
She had to put him behind her, though, and stop allowing him to upset her equilibrium to the degree he did.
But as she studied his once-loved face, she let out a tiny sigh. How did you just move on and forget someone? Especially when you’d once believed that someone was the love of your life?
She stood immobile for a long moment. Then, without a word, she turned around again and walked out of the room.

Adri’s Review:
Emma decides to write a blog to help her express herself and her feeling over men and relationships in general. Needing an escape Emma’s digsmate suggest she interviews for a new job with a man that she would categorize as a “bee”. The type of man she speaks about in her blog. But she never expects that a man would comment and challenge her. One that makes her look at herself and decide if her posts are really as unbiased as she thinks they are.

I found the posts to be fun, and the characters banter with her commenter witty and fun. I also thought that some of her descriptions of “serial datists” was pretty spot on. Another thing I enjoyed about the book was the fact that Emma isn’t afraid to stand up for herself when the need is there.

But even though I enjoyed the overall feel of the book, there were things that I thought left much to be desired. I feel that the book introduced us to a few supporting characters, but didn’t give us a resolution to what happens in their life, where when you think of it from a real world aspect makes sense, but one of the reasons people escape to books is to get that HEA of all characters. I also felt that the end of the book left you on a bit of a cliff hanger… We never really find out what happened between Nick and Emma, or what her decision was.

I wish I could give the book a fully happy review but felt it was important to be honest about my feelings on it.

Happy Reading… Adri  

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