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In the Mood by Ellen Fisher

In the Mood by Ellen Fisher

Jude Patterson is a sexy but shy romance novelist who discovers the flowery language he’s always used in historical love scenes doesn’t translate well to contemporary romances. Alyssa Stone is a beautiful fan who offers to help him learn to write better love scenes.

Jude is fascinated by Alyssa, whose confident and sensual demeanor conceals a very vulnerable interior. Before long, he’s the one showing her how to write love scenes… and maybe even how to write happy endings.

Title:In the Mood
Author:Ellen Fisher
Series:n/a
Pages:88
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Opposites Attract
Temporary Relationship
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Location:US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:1st July, 2005
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Bland and uninspiring short story

I liked the premise of this short story and, at the start with the introduction of Jude, I started to enjoy it. But then along came Alyssa and the story took a major nosedive.

Alyssa was such an unlikeable character that I just couldn’t root for her in any way, shape or form. She wasn’t relatable and her attitude towards Jude was horrible. I wondered why Jude even liked her… but the physical descriptions made it clear that it, erm, well, it wasn’t for her winning personality.

“…the story plodded along without much happening of interest.”

Even when the reasons behind her horrible behaviour were revealed, I couldn’t drum up any sympathy for her as it seemed so far fetched and ridiculous. Plus, having a reason for being a dick doesn’t mean that you have an excuse for being a dick.

Together, Jude and Alyssa had little chemistry and the story plodded along without much happening of interest. By the end, while I did finish it, I was extremely bored and had little interest in the love story or how it ended up.

Lots of people seemed to enjoy this story but I’m afraid it just wasn’t for me. At least it was free when I downloaded it but even then I really can’t recommend it.

Ellen Fisher writes, or tries to, around plenty of distractions . . . namely four kids ranging from six to fifteen, and two young and energetic Australian shepherds. Ellen’s first book, published in 1998 by Bantam, The Light in the Darkness, was a colonial Virginia romance. A few years later, she started writing ebooks. Overall, she has published thirteen novels and novellas, ranging from historicals to sci-fi romance to contemporaries.

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