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Monday, April 6, 2015

DNF Review: The Virgin's Night Out by Shiloh Walker


Title: The Virgin's Night Out
Author: Shiloh Walker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Shiloh Walker
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Sloane Redding is the shy one, the timid one. The morning of her wedding, she's dumped by the man she'd thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. Humiliated, she turns tail and runs, leaving Nowhere, Alabama for a job in the city. Sloane sets out to remake herself. She succeeds...on the outside. On the inside? Different story. She still the shy Redding. Still quiet, still more interested in standing on the standlines. But all of that is about to change.

The night before her brother's wedding, she strolls in the lone bar in Nowhere wearing wicked red and she's got one goal in mind: to show her ex-fiance just what he lost.

The night before his best friend's wedding, D.B. "Boone" Cassidy walks into the lone bar in Nowhere, Alabama with one goal in mind. Get wasted. Former military, he's spent the past few years as a security specialist and all around troubleshooter. It should have been easy to spot the trouble that night...a sexy woman in wicked red. It should have been easy. Yeah, right.

One thing leads to another and his plans to get wasted turn into a night with the sexy woman in red . Boone gets the shock of his life the next day when he shows up at his friend's wedding to find out he'd just spent the night wrapped around his best friend's little sister...and that isn't the only surprise.
On page 9 I decided to DNF this book… My fastest DNF in history…

The Virgin's Night Out by Shiloh Walker pushed two of my buttons or pet peeves or whatever you want to call them.

I hate when authors misuse a language, especially when is Spanish because that’s my native language. And as a Colombian, I hate when people don’t write the name of my country right. It’s ColOmbia not ColUmbia. Colombia is the country. Columbia is the university in New York City or the sportswear company. So, when I see a ColUmbia in a book -when referring to my country- I’m (almost) done, as simple as that. How is it possible for an editor not to know how to write a country’s name? No, no, no!! But, I decided to give The Virgin's Night Out a chance and keep reading, this was an ARC copy and maybe the final book wouldn’t have that horror error.

But then, this happened… I don’t like when authors talk about things they don’t know as if they are facts. Once, I read a book in which the author said that in Germany they drive “on the wrong side of the road”, like in U.K., Really? Which Germany?

Dear author, you should know your facts before writing about them.

In this case, it was also about my country. Mrs. Walker describes the situation in Colombia worse than Iraq.

  “They’d gone in to rescue a couple of clueless idiots who had the misfortune to get kidnapped while down in Columbia. The college kids hadn’t been there on a mercy mission, hadn’t gone down there to help with the unrest; not even to document the human rights violations. Not that Boone considered that the ideal way to spend your time, considering the body count racking up in that area of the world. But at least it was a worthwhile cause—dangerous, but he could understand while people put their lives on the line.
  No, these brain trusts had gone down there for thrills.
I know my country passed by a very difficult situation when Pablo Escobar was alive but that was more than 20 years ago. Things have improved dramatically in the last decade, to the point that in the last years Colombia has been named one of the best countries in South America to do business and one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit. More here

Writing this kind of things, in my humble opinion, is spewing ignorance and hate. For those reasons I’m done with this book. 

This was a very personal DNF, that is something I want to leave clear. This was an extraordinary case. I have read many books by Mrs. Walker and have loved almost all of them. Actually, she writes one of my favorite UF series, the Colbana Files series.
Maybe if this book hadn't mentioned Columbia I would have finished it and loved it, who knows.
As I said before, this was a very personal DNF, maybe others will love this book.

My Verdict: DNF
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8 comments:

  1. I can see why you would DNF this book. I've read books about topics or locations that I'm familiar with and I get upset when they get the small things wrong. Something like you are mentioning here, isn't a little thing. I agree that Walker is a great author, and usually, she is better at her research than this. Great review.

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    1. Yes, I was surprised than an author like her would have written something like this. :(

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  2. Wohoo look at you dnfing ;) But yes sometimes it's just something at once that makes me give up.

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    1. It was two somethings in this case. I guess that is why I was able to DNF it.

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  3. I totally get you Marcela!! Any kind of misleading (erroneous) information when it comes to a place you're familiar with takes right out of the story and damages the trust for the author with the rest of the story, and even worst when is personal as it's in this case. I don't blamed you at all :(

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    1. Exactly! After that, I couldn't have believed anything that would happen to the characters.

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  4. I can relate to your indignation. Although the Philippines is probably not the best country in the world, I still feel hurt and insulted when it's misrepresented. So I totally get why you took this very personal, and I am surprised that Walker didn't know the difference between the country and the university

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    1. It's good that you got me. I felt really bad DNF-ing this book, but I just couldn't read it after that. It was going against everything I stand up for.

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