Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Prudence Clearwater is a best-selling young adult author. She writes “clean” novels. Prudence has never wanted to change her writing style by adding more to her novels, but times are changing and now her publishing company is urging her to do just that. Instead, Prudence cuts ties with them. Luckily, she has Ben in her corner. Ben’s an old college aquaintance and book agent.
As Prudence begins working on her new novel with Ben, they start to develop a flirty friendship. Prudence wants to keep things professional, but she’s no sure how long she can fight their chemistry.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Prude is a cute romance with several hot, steamy scenes. I liked novelist-agent aspect of the story. It also had a great twist. But there were a couple things about this book that bothered me.
First, I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Prudence. She was just so negative at the beginning and, honestly, kind of a prude. Not that being a prude is a bad thing, but she kept saying how she hated being called a prude and wasn’t one. Then, she would say something or act prudish. I do think Prudence developed into a better character as the story went on. Her relationship with Ben really helped.
Second, and most importantly, the dialogue between all of the characters drove me nuts at times. The dialogue was very formal. There weren’t very many contractions while the characters were speaking. They didn’t sound like anyone between the ages of 20-40 that I know. It really bothered me at first. By the end, I could kind of ignore it.
It’s funny; I was going to list another thing that bothered me. It was about Prudence’s new story and how it sounded exactly like something Colleen Hoover had previously done. But when I read Hilaria Alexander’s Acknowledgements and her thank you to Colleen Hoover, I decided it as probably her way of tipping her hat to Ms. Hoover’s amazing ideas.
Overall, I thought Prude was a good love story. I’ve seen a lot of 4 or 5 star reviews out there, so maybe it’s one that other readers enjoyed more than I did. I probably would have rated it higher had the dialogue not bogged it down so much.
Thank you to Hilaria Alexander for the opportunity to read and honestly review Prude.