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14 October 2016

Review: 'The Mating Season' by Laurie Horowitz (2016)

More than just the birds and the bees...

Self-proclaimed ‘bird nerd’ Sophie Castle has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: her own documentary about her fine-feathered friends. But her cameraman, Rigg Greensman, is unmotivated... and drop dead gorgeous. Can they work together to convince the public to love birds – without falling in love themselves?

Recently I was contacted by a publisher and introduced to 'BookShots', a new way of reading developed by world-famous author James Patterson. I hadn't heard of BookShots before, but they're basically small and light books you can finish in one sitting that will keep you on the edge of your seat; short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment (click here to read some more about it). I read my first BookShots read, 'Little Black Dress', a few weeks ago and am excited to share my review of another BookShots example with all of you today, namely 'The Mating Season'!

Sophie Castle loves being an ornithologist; birds are her biggest passion and she couldn't imagine doing anything else. When she is given the chance to record a bird documentary for TV in Egypt, she immediately says 'yes', grabbing the opportunity with both hands. Nothing can ruin this for her, except for maybe arrogant and unmotivated cameraman Rigg Greensman. Rigg doesn't seem to want to be there, but Sophie can't help but notice how handsome Rigg is behind his moody behaviour. Will she be able to make him change his mind about birds, and perhaps use the opportunity to finally focus on something besides birds herself...?

Laurie Horowitz' 'The Mating Season' is another BookShots read; a concept invented by famous author James Patterson: short novels that are fast-paced and high-impact entertainment. This is my second BookShots read and I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the first one. I wasn't familiar with author Laurie Horowitz, but 'The Mating Season' is a lovely romance read focusing on 'bird nerd' Sophie who gets to live her dream by shooting a documentary about Egyptian birds. She meets cameraman Rigg on set, who at first sight appears to be arrogant and bored, but Sophie is set on not having anyone or anything destroy this opportunity for her. 

I love that these BookShots are fast-paced with a storyline where continually something is going on to keep the reader's attention, but at the same time the story is filled with interesting characters and has a great setting. Sometimes people, including myself, wonder whether a real story can come across and make some kind of impact when there's only roughly 100 pages to tell it in, but Laurie Horowitz definitely managed to do just that in a very convincing way. I personally thoroughly enjoyed 'The Mating Season' and would like to highly recommend it to any romance/women's fiction fan looking for a fast-paced and quick next read!
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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