Friday, March 16, 2012

A Tremor in the Force: Ridley's 5 Star Recommendation

For some folks (me) giving out 5 stars is not a big deal. If I like a book, I give it 4/5 stars.

But for some people, 5 stars is reserved for the holy grail of books. A tome of biblical, supernatural powers. (I'm picturing a rare 15th century specimen with gold leaf and unicorn dust on the bindings.)

Yesterday, while I was wasting time on Twitter, something happened that caused a tremor in the force of romance reviewers everywhere. (No, it had nothing to do with that Grey book. Cripes). Ridley, Master Jedi of Romantic Fiction, gave out 5 stars.

5 stars, people!

According to an old urban legend, the last time this happened was back in 1972. No one can actually remember the exact time, date or book.

Ridley is a notoriously hard grader. Recently she actually changed a grade from 5 stars to 2 stars. After thinking it over for several years, she got pissed off about a book and demoted it. (I might be slightly exaggerating that story, but I don't think so).

Anyhow, needless to say, within seconds of seeing this historical tweet, I bought the damned book. It's One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry (a freakin' Harly!). I was skeptical. A Harly? That good? Really?

Well, I'm at 63% on my Kindle, and the book is phenomenal. In fact, I have no idea what time my kids went to bed last night, because I totally ignored them. And my dog. And my hubby. I was too caught up reading that book.

(Brie from Romance Around The Corner told me that the first book, The Last Goodbye, is also great, and I plan to read that one next.)

Something tells me that Sarah Mayberry is somewhere in the cosmos, with a party hat on, throwing confetti in the air, and doing the cabbage patch dance.

Thanks, Ridley.

May the force be with you.

Happy Friday To All,