I don't care if you are desperate to get your book out in the open; don't buy your fucking 5 star reviews.
Bloggers like me get tons and tons of review requests, and sometimes we can't even accept them all, much less than read them AND like them all. What pisses me off the most is when authors get mad at us for writing negative reviews. I've posted a couple of discussion topics in this category a while ago, but I just need to RANT.
So, a simple numbered list to authors who bribe their readers for 5 starred positive reviews:
1. You are cheating the people who actually read those reviews and let those reviews determine their opinion of whether or not they should like it.
2. No offense, but if you have to bribe to get good reviews, maybe you should really stop writing...
3. True, you may get some good reviews with monetary compensation, but most of us have review policies. And those review policies say that we can't be bribed into dishonesty to make you look good. And so, some of us get gravely offended when you offer us monetary compensation.
And not just with reviews too. Don't offer to pay us when we say, "Sorry, I had to DNF your book.." I've only had one certain run-in.
I don't know, sometimes, we reviewers feel so bad about posting negative reviews. But everybody in the book blogosphere needs to know that it happens sometimes.
So, if you're an indie author, I get it. If you don't buy your 5 star reviews, I have a tremendous amount of respect for you. It doesn't matter if your book isn't the best. Heck, it doesn't matter if there are a bunch of negative reviews. As long as every single review you get is honest, I will always love you.