Book: London Bound (Chase Brothers, #1)
Author: Nana Malone
Series: Chase Brothers
Format: Kindle edition
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Abby Nartey has begun to lose sense of who she is. Once spunky and vibrant, she’s become cowed and cautious. Having given in one too many times to a controlling and violent partner and her strict Ghanaian parents, Abbie decides enough is enough. After rejecting the career her parents believed appropriate, she arrives in London, having won a place on a prestigious photography degree. She’s scared, as her parents have cut her off financially, and is unsure of the future, but she has two friends on whom she can rely.
Alexi Chase is young, handsome, rich and bored. Bored of his social circle, bored of living a lie. But there’s no way out. Or so he thinks until Abbie quite literally crashes into him. Despite the mutual attraction, Abbie is determined to stay boyfriend-free in London, as her last relationship was a disaster. Alexi believes he’ll never be able to form a fulfilling relationship due to the childhood secrets that still haunt him and only his brother knows about. So friends it is. Only friends don’t share kisses that literally rock their world…
Why you should read this: I loved this book! It’s not often I get to read a book from a person of colour’s perspective and although it’s not that important to me, (a good story is a good story) can I say what a refreshing change it made! I could totally related to Abbie. She’s a girl’s girl. She’s been through a lot, but she’s a good friend, she isn’t jaded by her previous boyfriend’s controlling ways. She’s determined to start afresh and get on with living. I loved her. The chemistry between Lex and Abbie was also dynamite. Being English, I often have to laugh at characters who are written as British and use terribly outmoded slang or terms out of context. This wasn’t the case here. The vocab and the dialogue flowed well and it rang true. I loved this book so much that I cannot wait to read about Chase brother number two…please don’t make me wait too long!!!
What you might hate: I’m giving it top marks, so I can’t think what you might hate. You might want a bit of closure on her family side of things – what happened there? Will they cut her off indefinitely? I had very little sympathy with her parents – aside from one of her sisters, they were utterly horrendous.
Rating: Easy – 5/5 for a refreshingly sexy, authentic read. I fell in love with these characters and was left wanting more, which is always a good thing.