I can’t really tell if he liked it or not, but I kinda think so:
I dunno; whaddya think? When a writer sees adjectives like tepid and stale in a review, isn’t that a bad thing? And yet, the romance-ness of the stories is a selling point for this reviewer. Heh.
It’s really my first “cold” review, meaning I really don’t know this guy at all, nor does he know me. But it gives readers a feel for the book, and an accurate one: Rough Cut is pretty romantic even if few of the stories really have a happily ever after. And many of the stories are linked so that seems to work for people.
It’s always interesting to hear/read readers’ interpretations of things. Keeps the writing life interesting.