Category: 3/5 Stars

REVIEW: Return of the Prince by Nana Malone

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Series: Prince duet #1

Author: Nana Malone

Release date: 30 April 2019

Main characters: Ariel Scott, tech-savvy, security expert to the crown; Prince Tristan, previously exiled, desperate to return to The Winston Isles, though nothing can prepare him for seeing Ariel again.

Blurb:

They said I’d never come home again…they were wrong.

There is one person worth returning home for. Her. One little problem. She hates me. She should, I left her behind.

Now I’m back and I with a score to settle, and I will do what ever it takes to to win her back.

Even if it means spilling my secrets.

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! If you’re loving the Winston Isles and its couples and its intrigue, then I’m thinking you’re going to want to dive into Return of the Prince. Ariel has been a steady and intriguing presence in the other Royal books. She’s steadfast, loyal and family is everything to her. Despite her father’s actions, she’s back in the royal fold and providing essential security to the upper echelons of society. Life is good. It may be all work, but it’s something she can rely on. Her heart is used to disappointment – her doomed love affair eons ago with Prince Tristan still plays on her mind, but she’s resolved to moving on.

The plan for ‘moving on’ unravels when she’s asked by the King himself to provide security to his cousin, Tristan. Knowing she can’t refuse without a damn good reason, Ariel is forced to accept the mission. She’s been in difficult positions before – she can handle this one. Or so she thinks. I really felt for Ariel coming face-to-face with the man who broke her heart. Her fight or flight instincts want to kick in, but she has a reputation to uphold and an obligation to the Royal family, so it’s made doubly difficult for her.

Prince Tristan is an interesting character. He’s full of secrets and is also loyal to those he loves. He’s attractive and a sportsman in his own right, and life should be good. It was interesting in this story that the hero is the one with the baggage and the secrets that need to be dragged out of him. I found that quite refreshing.

What you may not like: I enjoyed the intrigue and the delving in to Tristan’s secrets. The back and forth between Ariel and Tristan was not tiresome – it could have gone on and on, but it didn’t and I feel that some of the secrets and mysteries have been answered in this first book, but there will surely be more revelations in book two. I enjoyed this book, was it my favourite of the duets? No – I think that the drama has been building and building as each book has been published, and that for me, it didn’t quite resonate with me as much as some of the previous books did. It’s still a banging read though!

Rating: 3.5/5 for a well-told story with one of my favourite characters – Ariel. I definitely want to see where the pair end up in book 2 for sure!

Blog tour: Laws of Physics – Time by Penny Reid

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Series: Hypothesis trilogies series #2, book #3

Author: Penny Reid

Release date: 16 April 2019

Main characters: Abram Harris, successful musician about to embark on his first world tour; Mona da Vinci, brillant scientist, navigating her feelings for Abram.

Plot: Mona and Abram have been apart for 6 days and the reality of being apart for the coming year is beginning to dawn on them. Due to the newness of their relationship, both Mona and Abram are surrounded by naysayers and friends who are sceptical of their feelings for each other.

Despite the separation, Mona and Abram are determined to make time for each other – desperate to coordinate their demanding schedules, the pair are able to steal time here and there, in various cities, but will it be enough to sustain them when they’re alone?

Why you should read it: Because… Penny Reid. That’s why. I won’t bore you with my fangirling for the PR – if you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll know I’m gaga for her stories. I have enjoyed this series – I love Mona and her fierce intelligence, and her foibles. Abram is a dreamer and a complete romantic. The poor guy is struggling in this story – once he goes all in, he goes all in. The way he pined for Mona made me smile and empathise, as I’ve been there, but I did feel for his friends too – he was pretty joyless without Mona! All in all, it was a sweet conclusion to a charming series – it was low on drama and really a study in the slow burn. I was really ready for them to stop moving so slowly and get to the sexy times already!

What you may not like: Not much to dislike, really. It’s very romantic. Abram is so focused on being with Mona that he’s unable to focus or care about much else. Mona is a bit more sensible and manages to hold it together, but she has her own issues she needs to deal with. I suppose if you enjoy high drama with baddies throwing spanners in the works, this may be a bit tame for you, but I enjoyed it for the gentle read it was.

Rating: 3.5/5 – charming series, well written. I enjoyed the philosophical musings and the couple. Would recommend reading the series in one sitting!

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Blog tour: Crazy For Your Love by Lexi Ryan

Book: Crazy For Your Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #5

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 9 April 2019

Main characters: Teagan Chopra, nurse and longtime friend of Carter Jackson, member of the Jackson clan, local firefighter and something of a reluctant celebrity.

Plot: Teagan loves living in Jackson Harbor. The life she has, the job she loves and the friends that surround her make up for the family she left behind in South Carolina. The choice to move to Jackson Harbor was forced upon her and she’s made the best out of a dire situation, but she’s about to find out that when you run away from a situation, you always run into yourself – or in this case, a creepy ex.

When her sister Saanvi decides to get married in Jackson Harbor, Teagan’s joy turns to dismay when she learns that her family has invited Rich Nasser – her ex who won’t take no for an answer – to be part of the wedding party. Her plan? Enlist the help of her good friend Carter to pose as her other half and hopefully dissuade Rich from pursuing her further.

Carter has always had feelings for Teagan – since she first rolled into town. She’s always shut down his advances and his flirting, so he’s always been content with her friendship, although he wishes for more. When she tells him her half-baked plan, he’s ready to be there for her, consequences be damned. When she refuses to open up to him however, he’s resolved to protect her from her ex in any way he can.

Subterfuge and half truths abound, and the pair are left with very complicated feelings for one another. Teagan is harbouring a secret, while Jackson has his own demons. Will they ever get their acts together and finally trust the other with their ugly truths?

Why you should read it: Throughout this series I have found something to love in every book. The characters are well drawn, they have depth and their fair share of problems. Teagan and Carter are no exception! I understood and felt for Teagan as her secret was one that made her feel shame and accept blame for something that was not her fault. It was an interesting journey she was on and for the most part – I was on board. Carter’s backstory was interesting too – the philandering small town playboy, who is acting out due to trauma he too is suppressing. There’s a lot to unpack and I enjoyed the story arc. The chemistry between the pair was palpable and very sexy. There’s also a fair amount of obstacles that lie in their wake. The course of true love and all that.

What you may not like: The story started off fairly lightheartedly, gathering momentum as the plot progressed, then the amount of obstacles in the way grew to almost ridiculous levels – I’m all for drama, but at one point it seemed as though all hell had broken loose. Carter was some kind of female catnip and the women were just flocking to him and causing problems. The rest of the time, it was Teagan who was standing in her own way – which after a while grated on me. Her non-communication made a bad situation even more dramatic. There is plenty of angst in this story!

Rating: 3/5 I liked Teagan and Carter, but the stress levels were off the charts. The characters worked EXTRA hard for their HEA.

 

Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins

Compliments of the season to you! I hope you had a great time whatever you did over the break – and most importantly, that it involved a good book or five!

I read this book over the holidays (which released 28 December 2018) as it’s written by a good author friend of mine – the very talented Jessica Hawkins.

Book: Right Where I Want You

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Release date: 28 December 2018

Main characters: Sebastian Quinn, hotshot Creative Director of men’s magazine The Modern Man, whose creative midas touch has turned to brass. Georgina Keller, the consultant brought in to clean up the staff’s reputation and revive the magazine’s fortunes.

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There’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and it cuts right through the middle of their office.

Bad boys? They run right over good girls like Georgina Keller.

But after a confidence-shattering breakup, she’s determined not to let anyone at her new workplace push her around—least of all the brooding creative director, a “bad boy of publishing” who’s made it clear she’s enemy #1.

Sebastian Quinn’s taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women may have gotten him to the top of a leading New York magazine, but the reputation that made him is suddenly threatening to end his career.

Georgina can help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but in order to do that, she’ll have to start at the top—and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction will distract her.

Because if Sebastian gets her right where he wants her, it means she’s going down.

Why you should read it: I will always read anything by this author – she truly is a good soul who is able to weave vivid stories that are varied, full of heart and surprises along the way. This story will be a hit with animal lovers and romance fans alike – Georgina has a lot on her plate and cares for her dog with all the care of a good mother. Her interactions with Sebastian are fraught and snappy, slowly evolving into a deeper, more intimate relationship.

Sebastian is a dude’s dude – or that’s what he’d have you believe. Deep down he’s more complex, more respectful of women and relationships than his public persona would have the public believe. He’s on thin ice professionally, and dealing with serious issues personally. How can this pair possibly work together without letting their guards down?

What you may not like: Ok – full disclosure. I struggled to get into this book. Usually, I’m hooked from the first page and dragged into the author’s world immediately. This didn’t happen with this one and I’ll explain why. Firstly, after a promising start, the focus was very much on Georgina and her dog. In fact, it felt like a love story between the heroine and her dog. Nothing wrong with that per se, but…she didn’t actually get close to the hero until I was 60% through the book! I love a slow burn but, come on!

Also, Georgina was understandably gun shy after a bad previous relationship, but it really did cast a shadow over her whole life – and she mentioned it A LOT in her internal dialogue, which began to wear on me after a while. So, all in all, I wasn’t crazy about the story – it had its moments – there were some really nice one-liners and banter between George and the staff members of the magazine, but for me – too much emphasis on being a pet owner and not enough time with the hero, alienated me a bit from the main story.

Rating: 3/5 for a gently paced tale – it’s worth a look, but for me, it didn’t set my holiday alight. I think I needed more angst and sexy times!

Blog tour: Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan

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Book: Wrapped in Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #4

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 4 December 2018

Main characters: Molly McKinley, single mom and events planner extraordinaire; Brayden Jackson, serious eldest brother of the McKinley clan, Molly’s boss and the man he wishes she’d choose.

Plot: Molly McKinley never wanted to come back to Jackson’s Harbor – the gossip, the secrets that inevitably came out and her past all make her want to run as fast and as far as possible. But, when an irresistible job offer comes up, one that means she can provide for her son, she can hardly refuse. Plus it means she can reconnect with her mother despite what happened in the past.

Brayden Jackson has loved Molly from afar, and not so far for a long time. He knows she has issues, and a young child to think of, but he wants to be there for them both. The memory of the night they shared a while back is in no danger of dimming. He’s keen for a repeat, but Molly had drawn a line in the sand. He’s her boss, nothing more, nothing less.

A crisis situation just before Christmas sees Molly with nowhere to live and so Brayden seizes the opportunity to show her that maybe, just maybe, if she’s brave enough to choose happiness, she needed do it all alone…

Why you should read it: I have read every book in this series avidly and love the Jackson brothers. They’re pretty straightforward, which is refreshing, as the heroines really take complicated to another level. Molly has a terrible backstory – I really felt for her in the previous books when it became clear how she came to be living in New York alone. I felt for her and her demons – I really wanted for someone to suggest counselling, as she was still carrying around guilt and the past, with no signs of resolving any of it. Brayden was all you’d want in a hero: strong, patient, devoted to her despite the blockers she put in his way. Their chemistry was palpable also – it was clear to all that they felt strongly for one another, but honestly, they were so dense at times  that they couldn’t recognise it!

What you might not like: Molly is sweet, she’s kind and skittish. She’s also prone to regression now that she’s back in Jackson Harbor. Her behaviour makes sense in light of what she’s gone through, but at the same time I wanted to shake her for being so stupid! Her exasperating actions aside, there’s not a lot I disliked about the book. It was a sweet and romantic tale and I lapped it up.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging story – a little frustrating, a lot sexy! I love my visits to Jackson Harbor.

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Blog tour: I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Series: The Hook #2

Release date: 27 October 2018

Main characters: Penelope Graham, student and tutor, who is sworn off jocks. Ryker Voss, star quarterback, bane of Penelope’s life and totally blindsided by her.

 

Blurb:

Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him.

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?

Why you should read it: Despite being up there in years, I do occasionally enjoy a trip back to college/university. The spirited exchanges between Ryker and Penelope made me smile and I liked Penelope’s outlook on life. She was part of the sorority scene, but she was also her own person. It seemed strange that such an independent character would want to be part of that world, but I liked that Penelope didn’t allow herself to be pigeonholed as one thing or another. Her attraction to Ryker was achingly familiar – liking someone you really don’t want to, and it kept me reading. Ryker’s not your average jock either. He has a brain and a degree of free thinking. He is plagued by team politics and male bravado, and is doing his best to avoid the suffocating aspects of being part of a football team. His interest in Penelope rang true and their interactions were pretty hot – he’s struggling with his feelings and doesn’t want to mess up an important year for himself. Penelope doesn’t want to be hurt and tries in vain to withstand his charms.

What you might not like: This is a pretty traditional college story – at first it reminded me of an 80s teen movie – boy likes girl, boy blows it by entering into a stupid bet and girl is destroyed. I was pleasantly surprised however. Ryker is more evolved than his 80s counterparts and isn’t a douchebag. He has his own values and stays true to them. On the whole, it was a cute read, that was sexy and sweet, where all is right with the world in the end.

Rating: 3/5 for an enjoyable read – not too high on the drama, sweet enough to give you toothache near the end. Worth a read.

Blog tour: One Week Hating You by Roya Carmen

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Series: One Week #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 25 October 2018

Main characters: Maeve Gallagher, Blake Taylor, childhood friend and frenemy. Peter Walker, Maeve’s former fiancé.

Blurb:

Maeve is over the moon: life is good and she’s about to get married to Peter.  But when she loses her job and gets jilted at the altar, her world crumbles and she runs into her momma’s arms.

She’s back in her small hometown for a week, and she has a plan – make Peter insanely jealous and win him back.  Enter Blake Taylor, the boy who broke her heart.  She’d rather avoid him at all costs, but with his ‘bad boy’ good looks and their shared history, Blake is the perfect man for the job, as long as she can stand him long enough – it’s just one week, after all.

She’ll show Peter that she’s not the sweet wallflower he thinks she is, and he’ll come running back soon enough.

But when he does, will she still want him?

Why you should read it: I loved One Week so much, so when I heard there would be a sequel, I was beside myself. The end of book one ended on a cliffhanger, and I really wanted to know how Maeve was going to cope with being left at the altar. The action picks up pretty much from where book 1 left off, and I felt a lot of empathy for Maeve. She’s left questioning an awful lot about her life. She’s essentially homeless, jobless and fiancé-less. Life is coming at her from all sides. She returns home and I enjoyed getting to know her family and see where she came from. Her relationship with Blake was pretty antagonistic, and I really didn’t see how they were ever going to get along.

What you may not like: While I empathised with Maeve, I felt that she was altogether too lenient on Peter and what he did to her. I wondered at her lack of self-preservation, if nothing else. Yes, she’d invested a lot of years in her relationship, but come on! Love yourself! Maeve’s relationship with Blake was also a head-scratcher. It was turbulent; most of the time, the pair seemed to just want to hurt each other. Blake was really unsympathetic to what had just happened to Maeve, but for the most part, Maeve just retaliated or brushed it off. I have to admit that the burgeoning relationship and back and forth didn’t really work for me. they both came off as immature – which is realistic, when you return to your family home. You tend to regress, but there’s teasing and then there’s just being downright mean. It wasn’t until Blake finally started to open up that I could see a way clear for them and he became a fully-formed character. The chemistry rang true, but  I wasn’t 100% convinced they brought the best out in each other…

Rating: 3/5 for an entertaining, but slightly problematic read. I like flawed heroes and heroines, but I guess I don’t like cruel ones. It didn’t work for me but there was plenty in it to make me smile.

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Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl by Karen Booth

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Author: Karen Booth

Series: a standalone

Release date: 16 October 2018

Main characters: Katherine Fuller, committed singleton, who is about to have her life turned on its head. Eamon MacWard, an old flame who is keen to reconnect with Katherine.

Blurb:

As sisters, they tell each other all their secrets…except one.

With divorce and infidelity hanging from nearly every branch of her family tree, Katherine Fuller sees no point in marriage. Boyfriends? Sure. Sex? Of course. Wedding vows? No, thanks. Still, when her younger sister Amy gets engaged, Katherine gathers all the enthusiasm she can. She won’t let Amy down. She’s done enough of that for a lifetime.

As the sisters embark on wedding plans, Katherine’s college love resurfaces. It nearly killed Katherine to part from sexy Irish musician Eamon more than a decade ago, but falling under his spell a second time forces her to confront everything she hid from him. The secrets surrounding her mother’s death are still fresh and raw in her mind, but one has haunted her more than the others. She can’t bear to tell anyone, especially not Amy. It could ruin far more than a wedding. It could destroy a sister’s love forever.

Why you should read it: Karen Booth is a seriously talented writer. She gets into the heads of her characters and spins an intricate tale of family secrets and human frailty. I really empathised with Katherine’s character, who, more than anything, just wants to keep her family together. This story was a family tale more than anything, with a romance bubbling in the background. It was quite unusual that the crises in the book related to Katherine’s relationship with her sister, rather than with her old flame, Eamon. Eamon is pretty straightforward as characters go. He knows what he wants and he wants Katherine. It was quite refreshing that Katherine is the one to balk at the idea of committing to him, rather than vice-versa. At times I thought maybe Eamon was too good to be true, but it turns out he was just a good guy! They do exist!

Katherine and Eamon have strong chemistry and it’s palpable. Reading about their evolving relationship kept me engaged and invested in their journey.

What you may not like: One word: Amy. God I couldn’t stand this spoilt little brat! Oof she made me sooooo mad! She was self-absorbed, took her sister’s love for granted and basically made me want to smack her! She has her own journey to go on and she does evolve as a character. I thought Katherine was so strong, despite the rough deal she got. The adults in this book do some pretty shady stuff and poor Katherine bears the brunt of most of it.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging, if somewhat tense tale of familial guilt, making peace with the past and love, in all its forms.

About Karen Booth:

Karen Booth is a mid-western girl transplSunny Girl Teaser 4anted in the South, raised on ‘80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. An early preoccupation with rock ‘n’ roll led her to spend her 20s working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. When her kids came along, she traded late nights for early mornings, writing contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Karen was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Series Romance of the Year and Gold Seal of Excellence, and the 2018 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

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About Bring Me Back: Nearly forty, Claire Abby had thought life would be a whole lot smoother by now. Single parenting her college-bound daughter is trying, her journalism career is fading, her sister’s a handful, her dad is worse, and her mom has been gone so long it’s hard to remember what it was like when she was here.

So it’s both a lucky break and a jaw-dropping distraction when Claire lands an interview with British rock star Christopher Penman. Claire spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend. In person, Chris is everything Claire feared—off-the-charts sexy, ridiculously charming, and utterly nerve-wracking. He’s not about to discuss the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. She must earn his trust and unearth the truth, but she never banked on the heartbreaking secret behind it.

His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling. And flirting. There’s no denying his wit or his buttery British accent, and once she agrees to see him, it’s beyond anything her teenage brain ever imagined. But when Christopher’s painful past repeats itself, can Claire smooth out her life and save the man she could never forget?

 

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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Book: Fight or Flight

Series: a standalone

Author: Samantha Young

Release date: 9 October 2018

Main characters: Ava Breevort, frequent flyer, who’d rather be anywhere other than Arizona. Caleb Scott, a fellow passenger and Ava’s soon-to-be-nemesis.

Blurb:

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was – until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her…

Why you should read it: I truly look forward to cracking open a book by Samantha Young – I always know it’s going to be compelling, soulful and intelligent. Fight or Flight was no exception. Don’t let the cute cover fool you – there’s plenty of depth and pathos to this story. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve read recently. Ava is dealing with a lot. Grief, guilt, personal identity crisis. You name it, she’s dealing with it, with only her friend Harper to help. Enter Caleb Scott. A gruff, unlikeable and rude character. I didn’t know what to make of him. We’re all used to the hero being a bit of a dick at times, but Caleb was something else. He’s so surly and careless of Ava’s feelings that it took me a while to want them to be together! The chemistry was off the charts however, so I could believe the attraction between them. The narrative was strong and the story unfolded at a steady pace. Samantha Young is a very masterful writer – she doesn’t drag her feet or drag out a story.

What you might not like: Caleb – for me, he was the main obstacle in this book. He has a backstory of course – one that will surprise you, but he’s so unpleasant at times that I really felt for Ava and thought she should just leave him to his own misery! Of course, there is redemption in the end – I just feel that poor Ava had to work for it.

Rating: 3.5/5 for an engaging, entertaining yet serious story about forgiveness, moving on and grief. The dialogue and the book’s premise were refreshing.

Buy links: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Books a Million, Indiebound, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play

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Blog tour: The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

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Series: Trust Fund #2

Author: Skye Warren

Release date: 25 September 2018

Main characters: Harper St Claire, Sutton Mayfair, Christopher Bardot.

 

Plot:

Harper has a fight on her hands. She desperately wants to save the town’s half-demolished library and her mother from failing health in equal measures. If only her former stepbrother and the love of her life would get out of her way so she could achieve her goals.

Bound to two men in an obsessive game of cat and mouse, Harper is both prey and predator who must gain the upper hand if she doesn’t want to lose it all.

She has control of her trust fund at long last, but she soon finds that none of her problems can be solved with money…

Why you should read it: After having read Survival of the Richest I was very excited to begin The Evolution of Man. This author always has delivered in the past so I was prepared for a well-rounded story and also some dark, erotic romance. So, did it deliver? It’s sometimes hard to tell how a final published book will pan out from an uncorrected arc. The version I received gave a good indication of what the final version would be like. The plot, the evolving story and the character development were all there. The interactions between Harper and Sutton, Harper and Christopher are tense, twisted and very sexy – the chemistry picks up where we left it in book 1. On the sexy times front, I have no complaints!

What you may not like: Harper is a heroine with a lot to deal with. Her mother is terminally ill, she’s stuck in a ménage à  trois with two emotionally unavailable men. Therefore, I had plenty of sympathy for her. However, in numerous parts of the book she verged on whiny to the point that if she mentioned saving the library one more time I was going to throw my Kindle away! Also, she was immaturely stubborn when it came to her personal safety. At times, she behaved like a 12 year old. Her internal monologue was repetitive and the plot stalled for quite a while.

The book’s pacing was also a problem for me. For chapters and chapters, Harper was struggling to decide what she wanted from life, then suddenly towards the end of the book it was all wrapped up with no explanation of how we got to this point. I wanted to know what happened to both of her suitors. And I’m very disappointed that this did not happen. (I’ll have to read bonus content at a later date to get this information.) It felt rushed, it felt unfinished and it felt inconsistent. I’m really sad about this as I mentioned before, this is one of my favourite authors and she delivers again and again. Perhaps I had unfair and unattainable expectations – that’s on me.

Rating: It was too choppy (plot-wise) for my liking – I couldn’t keep up with the changes in mood of each character and was confused by the back and forth to be honest. For this reason I’m giving it somewhere between 2.5 and 3/5.

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