Top critical review
Okay stories. Poor editing.
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2015
This is a collection of 3 previously published novellas, which feature three best friends who use the opening of a sex shop in their small town as a vehicle to break out of their ordinary lives. They dare each other to go to the shop to pick up a sex toy that relates to their individual fantasies and at the same time pick up a guy that seems to be interested in the same thing.
I have enjoyed many of Ms. Foster’s books, especially her Winston Brothers & Visitation series, as well as her SBC Fighters series. But I just found these stories a little boring. I’m not sure why. Maybe I was bored because shorter stories have little time for plot development, or maybe it was the irritation of the many, many, many errors in the digital ebook edition, which were a big distraction. So I decided to post this review as a warning to other readers.
EDITING ISSUES: I marked all the errors on my Kindle and counted them up after I finished reading. I had copies of the original print editions to compare to, and the errors present in the ebook were NOT in the print editions. There were a total of 118 errors that I found. It really ticks me off to encounter errors in a digital edition that aren’t in the print edition. When a print book is reprinted in a new edition, someone proofreads the darn thing, and we get a flawless manuscript. Why aren’t ebook editions accorded the same professional workmanship? I’m handing a publisher hard-earned money to buy a finished product—not some slipshod, half-baked, unacceptable piece of amateur crap. Zebra is a professional publishing house. I assume they have copy editors and proofreaders all over the place. Why didn’t one of them check this manuscript before it went online? I suspect the publishing house is making a VERY nice profit off an ebook. They don’t have to pay for paper, for ink, or for distribution costs. And also, they don’t pay for the practice of bookstores that strip the cover off a print book they can’t sell. The bookstore then throws the actual book in the trash and returns the cover to the publisher for a refund. In fact, I suspect we’re being grossly overcharged for ebooks, if you compare the profit from an ebook edition to the profit from a print edition. So why doesn’t our money buy the same professional level of attention to detail that a print book gets? It’s inexcusable and outrageous and insulting to ebook readers. I feel cheated. Forgive me for climbing up on my soapbox, but we all need to hold publishing houses to the same standard for ebooks as print books. It breaks my heart to repurchase a favorite title as an ebook only to find it riddled with flaws. Shame on them!
For those who care about the specifics: 86 errors were missing spaces. The words were spelled correctly; they were just run together without a space. Other errors were instances of words or phrases that were italicized for emphasis in the print edition, but were not italicized in the ebook. There were also a few missing periods, a few missing hyphens with words run together, 2 improper capitalizations in the middle of sentences, 1 unwanted space in the middle of a word, 1 missing quotation mark, and 1 unneeded hyphen.
In addition, there were a handful of actual typos in the ebook. The word “drawing” as in “drawing whisper” should probably have been “drawling.” (This error actually was also in the print edition). “Starding realization” should have been “startling realization.” This error occurred twice. “Fingen” should have been “finger.” Also “iL” should have been “it.” And finally, “he liked gender women” should have been “he liked gentler women.”