Title: Rayna (The Norton Sisters #1)
Author: E.L.R. Jones
Published Date: December 30th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
The Norton Sisters is a series about six sisters that share the same last name but are six entirely different women. The stories of the six almost 30 to in their thirties women will touch your heart and make you laugh out loud. The sisters by age ranking: Zoie, Wynter, Rayna, Nyema, Lynnia and Chyra are there for each other always. This series is one that follows the lives of six sisters running their own businesses, falling in love, and dealing with the trials of life. Alone each are great and independent women but together they show that family is the greatest asset that you can have. They follow their own little “Norton Code”: “In the end, family means everything and your sisters hold you up. No matter what may come.”
Rayna Norton is the first to share her story. She is a no nonsense lawyer that is all about growing her business. This lawyer has no time to waste on getting to know a man and allowing him to begin something that she will undoubtedly finish before it starts. She chooses to live her life from case to case with the occasional male being what she refers to as her “bed warmer.” Her sisters worry for her well being. They regularly chide her for business focused tendencies.
Christopher Leigh is a man with a creative mind and a determined heart. He sees Rayna at her sister’s restaurant and immediately knows that he needs to have this woman in his life. With the advice of Rayna’s mother and her sister, Lynnia, firmly in place, he sets forth to win her heart. In the midst of his steps to conquest, there are many a new canvases to paint. The Artist that he is sees the beauty of the woman she is and the gift of the future they could have. He just has to convince the ever reluctant Attorney that a life shared with him will be one worth the time away from her newly formed firm.
I really wished I could have given this book more then three stars but the editing was so bad that it took me so much longer to read and re-read parts of the book. I would have loved this book if it were not for all the editing/grammar/spelling errors throughout the story. There were so many typos, misspellings and wrong usage of words that it was disheartening as it distracted from the book and from the possible four or five stars that it could have been. It was very choppy and confusing at times.
In spite of the errors I enjoyed Rayna’s story and look forward to reading more from this author. The book has a good storyline but the various nicknames of each character are confusing at the beginning and most of the way through until you almost give up trying to figure it out. The author switches from names with little to no thought as to how the reader will understand who is being discussed and several times I had to go back to see who Zoie was referring to. I also didn’t like the way that the author would just shorten names to be Z or L Boogie, as it disrupted the flow of the story. Overuse of descriptions also sometimes bogged down the telling of the story and made the flow almost stop to the point where the reader wanted to skip that part of the story. The reader did not need to know in complete detail about the exact details of Rayna’s shower basket or multiple closets and organization to the closets when it had nothing to do with the storyline itself.
Don’t get me wrong, it is still worth a read and the sisters are entertaining (once you get them all straight). The love they feel for each other shows through the pages and the girls follow their own little “Norton Code”: “In the end, family means everything and your sisters hold you up. No matter what may come.” I am looking forward to the next story and I am hoping that the editing is better so that the story can reach it’s full potential.
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