Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: "Count Down to Love" by Julie N. Ford

"Count Down to Love" by Julie N. Ford is a romance novel that follows the adventures of Kelly Grace Pickens. At the beginning of the story, Kelly Grace is left poor, homeless, and alone when her fiancee quite literally leaves her at the altar. In order to earn some money, she agrees to be a last-minute replacement for a contestant on a reality dating show called "Count Down to Love".

This is a great example of a clean romance novel. I admire Ford for her ability to write a love story while leaving out the curses and bedroom scenes. It was a refreshing change from most other romance novels.

That being said, I had a few problems with this story. First, it was hard to follow the timeline of the story. There were a few places where I couldn't tell if we had moved forward a day, a week, or a month. Also, contestants seemed to be removed from the show out of nowhere. Though Ford chose to use a rose ceremony similar to what you would see on ABC's The Bachelor, she omitted a few and left me wondering who was still in the mansion and who was gone.

The other major problem I had with the story was that it seemed that the climax was in the middle of the novel, rather than at the end. As a reader, I was very engaged in seeing how things would turn out from the beginning. However, it seemed like the major problems of the story were resolved in the middle, making the rest of the novel look more like filler material.

Though there were some problems, I admit that I liked the story. I would recommend "Count Down to Love" if you are looking to read a clean, almost family-friendly love story. But if you are looking for a truly engaging read, look elsewhere.

"Count Down to Love" by Julie N. Ford will be released July 14, 2011. For more information, visit the book's website at

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