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A Review of “The Romance Novel Book Club” by Kastil Eavenshade

After crying my eyes out over the last novel I read, I REALLY needed a light fun read. I’d heard great things about “The Romance Novel Book Club” so I decided to give it a whirl. It ended up being a combination of everything I wanted, and also what I was trying to avoid.

Very mild spoiler alert: I will try not to give too much away.

“The Romance Novel Book Club” starts out as a whimsical story told in a great voice. We have a woman who reads a lot of Romance novels, and is looking for a whirlwind relationship like that in real life. The comparisons she makes to romance novels are truly hysterical, and for quite a long time I was reading with a smile on my face.

Then…. There was this shift.

Same girl. Same plotline, but after messing up her umteenth relationship, she begins dealing with an addiction problem that was a bit disturbing to me.

Addiction of every kind makes me want to yack. I find it truly sad that anyone could become totally dependent on anything. (Other than chocolate… that’s okay in my book. 🙂 )

Anyway… same great voice… same joking… but I began to seriously dislike the main character. At one point, she picks on a wayward waiter that she sets up as the “bad guy” – Normally I would have thought of this person as the bad guy, too… but I just ended up feeling sorry for him. I was considering stopping reading, until – quite to my surprise – the character admitted to her friend that she thought she might have an addiction.

For some reason, that admission – and also having the warm and fuzzy that the author MEANT me to have all those uncomfortable feelings, made me feel better. So I kept reading.

Thanks goodness that from that point forward, things started to get better. Once she had admitted to the addiction, she had the will to try to fight it, and I started to like her again.

So, yes, this is a book that will put a smile on your face, but it will also scare you a little bit. The author tackles a very serious subject. This is NOT a Romance novel. You might consider it an Anti-Romance novel. But there is a romance in it as well… and a happy ending, thank goodness.

Oh… and this is DEFINITELY for the 18 and over crowd.

Scratch that. 21 and over.

Maybe 25 and over.

Not for the kiddies. Get it?


#FreeFridays featuring The Romance Novel Book Club by Kastil Evenshade #freestuff #free #ebook


Yay!  It’s Freebee Fridays time!

First of all, congrats to last week’s winner Grandfathersky

You’ve won a free copy of HUSH LITTLE BABY by Deborah M. Piccurelli in your choice of paperback or PDF.  If you want to know more about Deborah, Check out her web site here

PKO_Alien 3 0003387So, who’s coming this week.

I hope it’s someone fun.

Are you going to be nice this time?


Alien Huh CloseOf course!

I was nice to the last one.  I didn’t blow her up, did I?

Well, you were a little rude.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Piff!

I was a perfect little blue alien

Yeah, sure you were.

Okay, we’ll give this another go.  (Sorry Kastil)

Alien SmileYeeeees!  Okay, bring her on in!

Hello, oh nice author lady.  come in and sit down for a spell.  Comfy?  Good!

Okay. Who are you and what do you want?

My name is Kastil Eavenshade, and I want Pimpage…lots and lots of pimpage.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Umm.  Okay.  I don’t think the curly-haired conservative chic is going to let me get away with that.

You never know unless you try.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Psst, Jennifer, this one scares me.

You wanted to be an interviewer.  Just go with it.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay… Ms. Evenshade… What makes you think you book is good enough to read?  I mean Romance?  Really?

It’s good enough because it break the usual romance mold, beyond it having a bit of kink in it. I mean a romance novelist making fun of her craft?

Alien SmileCraft?

You mean there’s a spaceship?

Ummm, no.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Then why would anyone want to read it?

For the humor and love story within, of course!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Sounds boring does anything explode?

Well that’s a loaded question. Something explodes but I won’t call it literal fireworks. 😉

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Ummm–Jennifer, I don’t think she and I are talking about the same thing.

Go with it.  You’re doing fine.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay, umm, I’m almost afraid to ask,

but what’s it about?

From the legendary times of the Victorian Age to the rugged reaches of outer space, the romance novels have done nothing to spark Patricia’s want and hope of finding that one special man to call her own. She’s knee deep into her thirties, near depression, and drowning her sorrows in pints of premium ice cream. When she falls for a waiter named Matt in her favorite restaurant, her insecurities do their best to thwart her plans of true love. It isn’t until she picks up one last romance novel that she realizes life cannot be lived within the ink splattered pages of an author’s fantasies. She has one chance to set her life straight and snatch the one man who gets her: mind and body.  Will Patricia take it?

Alien Huh CloseWhy do all these authors sound like robots when you ask them that question?

Stop it!  Be nice!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387I don’t like her.

She’s creepy.

She is not!  She just writes, umm, well, a little more openly than you’re used to.  Hey, the guy on the cover is cute.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387But he only has half a head!  See?  Creepy.

You just don’t get it, do you?  Okay, try to find something you guys have in common.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387[Grumbles] Have you ever exploded anything?

Nope. I don’t care for loud noises.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387You are hopeless.  Have you ever tried to take over the world?

Sounds like a lot of work so..nope!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hopeless and lazy!

Have you ever painted your hair blue?

I once had a midnight blue because I bought the wrong kind of black dye.

Alien SmileReally?  Well that sounds like fun.  I prefer a little brighter myself, but I must admit that blue is fun!  Maybe you’re not so bad after all.  So, if you are afraid of loud noises, have you at least fantasized about exploding anything?

Yes. It’s only natural to imagine something getting blown to a million pieces.

Alien SmileYes!  There is hope for her yet!  Okay, you kindred explosive spirit, I will allow you to give away a .pdf copy of this book with the creepy half-headed guy on the cover.  What’s it called again?

The Romance Novel Book Club

Alien SmileYeah, that.  And Jennifer promises to explain the half-naked man on the cover to me later.

So!  Get on with it readers!

Do you want to read about this girl and her half-naked half-headed man?  Start commenting!  One random commenter will receive a .pdf copy from this crazy kindred blue-haired thinking about explosion lady, Kastil Evenshade.

Thanks for coming, Kastil!  the winner will be chosen on Monday, so get commenting!

If you’d like to find out more about Kastil and the gads of books she’s had published, hop on over to http://kastil.wordpress.com/