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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tell All - Nell Carson (Contemporary Romance)



Released April 2010

www.avalonbooks.com

Kat Callahan's publisher wants her "tell-all" book about Hollywood celebrities Alex and Victoria Janssen ASAP. The celebrity couple disappeared, along with their son, and the media's in a frenzy. Hoping to ride their current popularity, Winslow Publishing wants the book completed and printed now. The problem is Kat's computer got hit with a virus and the computer technician says all he can do is reformat her hard drive. She'll have to retype her edits.

Meanwhile, Kat's R&R trip to Colorado is out. But the person with whom she was swapping homes shows up as expected. For the next few weeks, she has to deal with the sexy cowboy being her roommate. What she doesn't know is that cowboy Tanner is really Alex Janssen's brother, Luke. Luke is there to keep the book from being published so that the truth about Alex and Victoria's son remains secret.

Tell-All is a fun romance. The chemistry between Tanner/Luke and Kat is evident from the very start. Obviously there is deception lurking in the background that threatens to tear the relationship apart, but I think the author does a good job keeping that aspect balanced.

Once again, however, I do find myself struggling to recommend this book to readers. It's not that it isn't a worthy read, because it really is a great story, but Avalon is a smaller publisher and their suggested retail price of $23.95 is unrealistic in today's market. Even on sale, Amazon is charging $17.24 for the book. When people can go pick up another romance from a bestselling author for $7 to $10, it's really hard to urge people to go out and spend $24 on an author you probably do not know.

Given that, if your library has a copy, I'd definitely read Tell-All. Otherwise, a used copy is your best bet.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tracy, thank you for reviewing Tell-All! I’m so glad you liked it. Regarding the cost of the book, my understanding is that Avalon caters to libraries for the most part and so they make a solid hardcover book that will survive the constant wear and tear that is the life of a library book. In theory, I guess libraries are willing to spend more on a book they won’t have to replace. You’re right, though. Outside of the library, it is a little spendy for the average Joe—or Joanna. I’d suggest heading to the library too! Thanks again. Take care, Nell Carson

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