I hesitate to post this, but I'm going to anyway because the truth of the matter is I'm actually not upset or angry or anything at all about the fact that I got a less-than-stellar review today. Julie Cohen posted a similar topic last week and so it's still sort of on my mind.
All About Romance gave Marriage at Circle M a D. And while yeah, I'm disappointed, I mean who wouldn't love to have an A, it's okay. Because what is a review, really? It's ONE PERSON'S OPINION.
Let's look at it this way. AAR also reviewed Hired By the Cowboy and gave it a lovely review and a B. But it was a different reviewer. Maybe my voice and style of writing is her thing. While clearly it wasn't for the reviewer I had this time. Hired's "word" in the review seemed to be "sweet"; for Marriage at Circle M it turned out to be "annoying". WHile the first reviewer had her doubts going in and ended up liking it a lot, this reviewer had higher hopes and didn't like it so much.
I don't actually think the quality of the story went down, so I think it's just a matter of different people liking different things.
Heck, I don't necessarily like books that are raved about. I couldn't stand The Bridges Of Madison County, and never got what all the fuss was about. I recently read a book that had loads of acclaim but that I just couldn't seem to believe. But thousands of others obviously did.
Not everyone has to like my books. That's why there are individual people and tastes. Just because this particular reviewer didn't like it doesn't mean others won't. And she took the time to read it and post a lengthy in-depth review without being nasty at all.
When it all comes down to it, I appreciate the fact that she did that.
What's your opinion of reviews???