Love in a Pawn Shop is a romance. Pretty straightforward for me. She owns a pawn shop, he's a cop who thinks she's shady. I've never said it was a mystery. I've never said it was "clean" or "sweet" or had no sex in it.
But, one reader's review mentioned some mystery elements, which sent Amazon's algorithms into a stupor and I think the book suddenly got shown to mystery readers. And out of the blue, comments got a bit strange for me.
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Here's a taste of the wide range of comments this book has received:
"This storyline was immediately gripping and funny at the same time. Well fleshed out characters and stories were greatly appreciated! I've been reading a lot of fluff lately so the depth of this book was a welcome surprise. It was a little too erotic for me, but I was hooked on the whole story by then so I just skipped over the sexy stuff! The ending was worth it!"
"Loved this story! Full of friendships, family and love and it shows people overcoming hardships. Leaves you feeling hopeful and couldn’t we all use a little more of that?" (I seriously loved this last bit-- hopeful--yes, please.) Here's where the mystery elements came into play:
"A Terrific Romance and self-revealing mystery..."(followed by a full synopsis of the plot)
The next two reviews were from readers of mystery books I think:
"and had a good mystery element Cute little read. Moved really fast, and had a good mystery element."
"Typical cozy mystery/romance This was an interesting book with lots of weird action. I could have done without the graphic oral sex pages. The book didn't need it. There were a lot of unpleasant suspicions that I had a difficult time understanding why they were written in. A mindless read if that is what you are looking for." (AKA escapism - works for me!)
Not to confuse even more, but I applied to advertise this book on BookBub which is a fabulous site for readers that sends out ads curated to tastes. I wanted it to go into Romance...but they decided it would fit into Chick Lit. I assume that's because of the cover. It's not a kissing couple, but a woman on the way out the door. (Did I mention that's my dog on the cover?)
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So...you know...I've given up trying to define this book. Most of the 36 reviews on Love in a Pawn Shop are complimentary (really, they are) and even the ones where the reader didn't like the sexy stuff! Because...they finished the book and felt strongly enough that they made their comments.
And now for the good stuff: it's FREE today and tomorrow (Apr 4/5)! I'd love for you to give this one a read and share your thoughts. Because I don't have a clue what you'll think of it.
If you haven't seen the details on this month's Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt you can check out all the information, including how to enter, on the "Giveaway" Tab at the top of the blog page.
Because I'm a rebel (according to our own Nancy Fraser) I have an egg on display...but, naturally, it's a bit different. For mine, just tell us what KIND of egg it is...no worries about the colour. (Yes, I'm also kind of bratty.)
You can check for the egg here: