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I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.   

Currently reading

Deadpool Classic Vol. 20: Ultimate Deadpool
Kelly Doudna, Mark Bagley, Brian Michael Bendis
Altered Carbon
Richard K. Morgan
Progress: 67/516pages
Batman (2016-) #40
Stephen King, Jordie Bellaire, Joëlle Jones
(First Signet Printing) the Mossad Inside Stories: Israel's Secret Intelligence Service Paperback By Dennis Eisenberg and Dan Uri (1979)
Dan Uri, Dennis Eisenberg
Vision: The Complete Series (Vision: Director's Cut (2017))
Stephen King, Mike Del Mundo, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Michael Walsh
Progress: 34/484pages
Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars Prose Novel
Alex Irvine
Progress: 15%
G.I. Joe (2013-2014) Vol. 2: Threat Matrix
Fred Van Lente, Steve Kurth, Jamal Igle
Progress: 65/154pages
The Big Girl's Guide to Buying Lingerie: A Cowboy Love Story (Bluebonnet, Texas Book 4)
Amie Stuart
Progress: 14%
Starting Out with Python (4th Edition)
Tony Gaddis
Progress: 248/744pages
Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in Python 3
Elliott Hauser, Aimee Andrion, Charles Severance, Hans Blumenberg
Progress: 7%

Not as bad as I'd expected

Tender Wings of Desire - Colonel Sanders

I read this fully expecting to hate this.  I figured this would be just a hilarious hate read.   A Colonel Sanders romance?   How could it be anything but a hot mess?   The truth is that the writing was technically good; they picked an author who clearly cared about both grammar and creating a plausible story.   I did have issues, such as while this used a bunch of romance tropes, they felt exaggerated enough to be hilarious.   However, I feel like much of this was done tongue-in-cheek.   I also think at one of the big reveals at the end, the author realized there was no way to do this without being absolutely ridiculous and was just like 'okay, that's how you're gonna be gig?   Fine.'   It wasn't mocking, or overly ridiculous, but I wouldn't expect the author to poke fun at the franchise paying them, either.   They just wrote it with aplomb, as seriously as possible, but I ended up giggling throughout this part.   (I got the impression that the author knew it was going to be laughed at, but again, just rolled with it as best they could.  Or maybe I just hope that's the case?)

 

Again, either the author was gently poking fun at romance tropes, or didn't write romance, but some of this felt eye-roll worthy.  I also never really cared for either the heroine or the hero, despite being given detailed histories about both of them.  I didn't feel this was a fiery passionate love story, either.  I just felt kinda 'meh' about it all, and I think this might be part of writing for a franchise that you don't really care about.   (If you read media tie-ins, or comics, it's likely that the authors are passionate about the whole medium.   Not always, but most of the time, and that shows.   I felt like the reason these characters weren't as richly developed, though, was that the author was writing for money.   And hey, maybe I'm wrong.  Maybe they love nothing more than Kentucky Fried Chicken and dream of marrying the good Colonel.   I just got the feeling that not so much, and it was more of a good natured 'let's do this.'   What is more odd to me is the obvious care given to the character histories, the plot, and the world given that the characters were so lackluster.)

 

I couldn't stop reading this.   And it was only half morbid curiosity this time.  I actually found myself enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would.   I think part of this was unintentional comedy, but I figured it would be all that.   I read on because I was intrigued by where the plot would go, too, and that sure was a pleasant surprise.   Would I read another KFC/restaurant romance?   Yeah, sure, after this I would.  I'd be hesitant to pay for it given the issues I had; I downloaded this for free, and while my enjoyment, and the technical merits, gained it a three star, I doubt I'd pay for another one of these. 

 

I wouldn't mind some KFC, though, and may go for some tomorrow.   And I suspect that KFC would be happy for me to read another free story if it got me to eat their food, so I also suspect it's mission accomplished for them.