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Review for For Authentication Purposes by Amber L Johnson

For Authentication Purposes - Amber L.  Johnson

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews


Dawn Sims has been writing romantic fanfiction online for a while. Bolstered by the encouragement of her fans, she strikes out to write a novel...and quickly learns that she sucks at writing smut. Warner Green comes across her very poorly written sex scene and knows that whatever God exists is smiling down on him. He has had a thing for Dawn since the first day he spotted her in middle school. She broke his heart, but he never could forget her, and now is his opportunity to cash in his years of waiting. He offers Dawn string-free smut lessons. After all, she can't write a full range of smut if she hasn't experienced it for herself, right? When Dawn agrees to this, he is beyond happy. But soon, Dawn starts to wonder where all his sexual prowess stems from and is asking questions he'd rather not answer. As the two grow closer, will they make it work or is the relationship doomed to always be for authentication purposes?

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I could relate to Dawn pretty easily. Now, for all of you wondering, I'm not secretly typing away writing smutty fanfics online in my spare time (spare time? Between work and blogging and reading and reviewing, I HAVE NO SPARE TIME. I don't know how people with kids get anything accomplished). I just understand the whole "I was the smart one in high school, but ended up not doing anything academically" thing. Of course, Dawn flunked out of college and I just never finished, so there are some differences, but I still understand her mentality. Her attempt at writing a romance novel was atrocious. I was immediately worried when I started this.

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I really thought the opening scene was the intro and that the novel would progress in that manner. That thought was not appealing. Luckily, that is not the case. Dawn has a long way to go until she is up to my standard for romance novels.

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But she was pretty entertaining to watch.


Warner was the character I loved immediately. He was cute and funny and confident and completely annoying. I love that whole I'm going to annoy you into loving me bit. It really amuses me. He just amuses me in general. He's adorable and sweet, a combination I'm a complete sucker for.


What I loved about this is that it's exactly what it sounds like. Amusing, smut filled scenes with a deeper story hiding behind. I love books that make me laugh. Actually, it's pretty much a requirement for me to love a novel. I read to escape and escaping should make me happy. Smiles are the physical manifestation of happy. That's the biggest part of this for me. It was amusing smut. How can you not love amusing smut? Warner and Dawn get it on and then Dawn starts to fall for him just a little. He just falls harder (hehehe) for her. This contains that teenage boy humor that we all kinda roll our eyes at, but internally giggle along with.


What I didn't love? Well, it feels a bit under-developed. I read an ARC, so it's quite possible that this has been polished up and added to and my problem is irrelevant, but it felt too short. The scene changes were a bit abrupt and all the scenes with Warner's friends had an unfinished feel. Like it was missing a few extra lines of dialogue or action of some kind. Also, I hate the word jizz.

Seriously, there probably is not a euphemism for semen that I care for, but jizz just might be my least favorite. This is a problem for me with all romance novels. I hate the euphemisms. They all suck. I realize that the normal medical terms are determinedly unsexy, but I've yet to read a good alternative!


Really, this is exactly what the title implies, amusing smut. Sure, it delves into a deeper level, but I requested it for the smut (and because of the pretty cover) and I wasn't disappointed. If you are looking for something to make you laugh or just not your typical romance novel, this is for you!


****Thank you to The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****