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In search of the Big O: Review of For Authentication Purposes by Amber L. Johnson

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Title :  For Authentication Purposes
Author: Amber L. Johnson
Date Published: March 5, 2015
Language: English
Buy Links: Amazon ¦ Kobo ¦ TWCS PH ¦  B&N

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Dawn Sims has made a name for herself writing romantic fiction online. When she’s pushed to try her hand at publishing, she thinks she has everything figured out. The only problem? She’s never been in a relationship, especially one that has led her to finding The Big O. So much for writing what you know.

Warner Green has had Dawn in his sights since she walked into his class in seventh grade. She broke his teenage heart not once, but twice, so seeing her in his night class at the local community college was an unexpected surprise. Accidentally reading her bad erotica on her laptop was a blessing from the Smut Gods themselves. It’s clear she has no idea what she’s writing about, but Warner does. In fact, he knows so much that he’s willing to offer her his services.

The deal is simple: teach the good girl from high school everything she needs to know to write from experience. If he gets to live out a fantasy or two that he’s been harboring for almost a decade, then there’s no harm in that either. The lessons turn more heated, and Dawn begins to question where Warner has learned his skills, but he’s not ready to talk, until his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible time. It shouldn’t matter when it’s for authentication purposes only.


For Authentication Purposes is about Dawn Sims, an aspiring online romance writer. All the feedback from her works sounded good, so she thinks she’s got the romance writing thing all figured out. But she has never had that mind blowing, shooting star to the heavens big “O” . Enter Warner Green, who was just at the right place and at the right time and offered his “services” to teach Dawn how to “reach for the stars”.

My first book by Amber Johnson was Eight Days A Week and I loved every bit of humor, every word of it. So I was really, really excited to get a copy of For Authentication Purposes. It was humorotica by Amber. Unfortunately, I’m very sad to say I didn’t enjoy the book so much. While the plot sounded really promising, I failed to connect with their relationship and it felt a little forced right from the beginning. All the humor in the book is supposed to come from the banter between Dawn and Warner. Warner being the smart ass jerk and Dawn, being the inexperienced one. Unfortunately, his antics all seemed very juvenile to me, and Dawn was just plain sarcastic. It would’ve been nice to know why Warner became the jerk that he is but there wasn’t any.

Although I felt that way, I did like the characters as individuals. I appreciate that Warner was not a total jerk. He is completely, absolutely and unquestionably in love with Dawn since he was fourteen years old (which I found absolutely sweet) and was sincere about his feelings for her. I liked how he restrained himself and consciously made an effort to pace Dawn in her “lessons”. And as the story progressed, Warner has his own issues that Dawn helps him get over with. I also liked how Dawn strove to achieve her dreams. I’ve always admired characters who wouldn’t let anything stop them from achieving their goals.

All in all, even though I realize that it isn’t for me, For Authentication Purposes is a good read. I don’t regretting reading it. It did make me chuckle a few times and I I did like the deeper themes of book, about going against boundaries, accepting your past and learning that time is nothing to true love because it will always find you (and that big O).

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A true child of music, Amber’s parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people’s lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing.A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.

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Other works by Amber L. Johnson

Eight Days A Week
Buy link: Amazon
Buy link: Amazon




Author: Lorn (pakwanstripes)

Yogi, book lover, comic book reader, cat moma and diabetic :)

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