February 10, 2016

Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior – Book Review

Emma Jean hated babies. In fact, she had built her very successful career as an author on baby hating…

womens fiction book review

It’s Emma Jean, darling!

I met author Charlotte Rains Dixon on Twitter (@wordstrumpet) in 2011 and got to know her a little better when my teenaged son asked me about taking one of her writing classes. A couple of weeks ago, I happened to see a tweet fly by saying Charlotte had just published her first novel. Of course I zoomed over to Amazon.com to buy it, so I could support a fellow writer who actually did what so many of us want to do — publish a book. I didn’t care if I really liked the book or not and, honestly, I usually read dystopian or apocalyptic fiction. I just wanted to support this fellow author by moving out of my comfort zone and reading her new novel.

My Adventure into Women’s Fiction

Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior represents my very first experience reading true women’s fiction, or chick lit. The verdict? I loved it! Truly. Charlotte did a great job pulling me into the life of Emma Jean and making me care deeply about this vivacious, sparkly, flawed woman. I can’t say enough about how glad I am to have a whole new fiction genre to explore. Read my review and see what others thought on Goodreads.

Ready for some fun? I created a (seriously amateur) video review about Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior where I reveal a secret (still denied by Charlotte Rains Dixon) about Emma Jean. You’ll have to stay tuned as I delve deeper into what I’ve discovered in future videos. If videos aren’t your thing, Ionia Martin over at Readful Things has written a spunky, more traditional blog review about Emma Jean and all the bad behavior that goes with her.

I received no compensation for this post. In fact, Charlotte didn’t even ask me to review her book and she certainly didn’t ask me to do a public video review of it. I was truly so impressed by this sweet and inspiring book that I came up with the idea on my own. If I had not liked the book, I would have (politely) given an honest review to that effect.

Go ahead and make fun of me in the comment section, darling. I’m ready as I’ll ever be.




About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.


  1. That was a fun video!

    I never read a chick lit book. Shocking, I know. I’ll head over to Amazon and read the synopsis of “Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior.” I have three books going at once so it may be a while before I get to the book. :)
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    • Hi Amandah,

      I had never read a chick lit/women’s fiction book until I read Emma Jean. I imagine not all books in the genre are as compelling, fun, or well-written as this one. Same for all genres, ya know? But I’m happy that I’ve expanded my fiction reading scope. I think you’d like it. How can you have three books going at once? The only way I could do that is if one were fiction, one non-fiction, and one something else…but I can’t think of anything else.

      I get too deeply involved in the story (we’re talking I actually feel like I’m there, for real) and I think it would distract me if I read 2 at once. Does this happen to you? How do you keep it all straight.

      Thanks for stopping by Amandah.


  2. Samantha, darling you know how much I absolutely adore you, and with this latest post I’m now just over-the-top in love with you, doll!

    All EJ-ness aside, I love your video so much and it just amazes me how much you “get” Emma Jean! Here’s to introducing a whole bunch of new readers to the women’s fiction genre!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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    • Oh Charlotte darling, the feeling is mutual (air kiss).

      I’m so glad you like the video, Charlotte. I am just giddy because finding a whole new genre to enjoy in addition to my old stand-bys is like finding a treasure! I do “get” Emma Jean…I get all of the characters in the “fiction” novel, even Peter (UGH).

      Thank YOU, Charlotte, for writing EJBB and for being such a sweet, wonderful new BFF! xoxo

  3. Samantha,
    You’re Emma Jean video is darling and so true! I’m with you, Charlotte’s characters are real people. Don’t try to tell me any differently!

    • Zan,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words, darling! I appreciate your support in my claim that Emma Jean is a real person whose name and book titles have been changed for the purposes of Charlotte’s “fiction” book.

      You’re a DOLL for taking the time to share.

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