The Baobab Beach Retreat – Kate Frost

Welcome back everyone, after a romance set in England we’re now moving to where I wish I could be. A beautiful beachscape on the coast of Tanzania.

I really enjoyed reading this novel as it had a great mix of beachy-ness, emotional recovery, discovery of a new romance and heartbreak. These don’t necessarily happen in that order, or just once. But it felt like a really good balance.

There were parts of this story I was a little surprised with and didn’t really think it fit what I knew of the characters personality or how you’d react to what she’s been through. But I guess that’s something I can’t control, and those choices I didn’t like were a very minor blip in the story, so I quickly got over it.

Having worked in hotels when I was younger and having friends who have lived and worked in resorts, I wasn’t surprised by some of the stuff Kate described as going on. In fact, I was surprised it wasn’t worse based off what my friends told me!

I think the main thing that confused me about this story was that Baobab Beach Resort doesn’t really play much into the story until right near the end. So much so that it took me a few minutes of reading when it was first encountered because I realised that was the books namesake.

And the worst part of the book? Reading about a beautiful beach, snorkelling and the chill lifestyle while winter sets in and I have to go to work every day. How is that fair?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I will be reviewing The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.


Author Bio

Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She has eight books published, including her Greek and north Norfolk set series, The Butterfly Storm. The Baobab Beach Retreat is the first in what will be a series of foreign-set romances. Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, their five-year-old son (who still loves waking up before 5am), and their cute and chilled out Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle – Sarah Bennett

Welcome back everyone, we’re moving a bit out into the English countryside this week although we’re sticking to the romance genre. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I have a bit of a thing for historical settings and a countryside castle fits into that. I just had to give it a read to see how a castle was described, used and managed in these modern days.

Writing Style

For some books I find this really hard to describe, and this is one of those books. It almost felt like at times it was character driven, while at others it was driven by the story or the location. I don’t know if there’s a technical description for it, but I found the balance of all those different approaches really relaxing.

This let me just absorb what was on the page and feel like I was there with them as much as possible. I did find myself wishing I could enjoy reading them in the bath, but by the time I realised I wanted that it was too late to run a bath. And unfortunately, I don’t own a portable bath to travel to and from work in (not that I’m sure that’s socially acceptable?) to get my extra level of relaxation that way.

And man, those bluebell descriptions reminded me of the park behind the house I grew up in. But for me it was a field of daisies not bluebells. Not quite as fancy. But you still get the whole running in a field of flowers feeling which is amazing. So those descriptions brought me back to those childhood summer days where I’d read in amongst the flowers and my dad would almost trip over me coz, he couldn’t see me coz the flowers were so tall.

Those were good times so it’s nice to remember them sometimes.

Initial Thoughts

I was a bit confused as to what was happening in the first 2-3 chapters because it didn’t label the time to show we were covering certain days across winter with months between them. Once I realised this, I was OK, especially since it was pretty much entirely based in spring/early summer after that.

Since I’d been held on tenterhooks waiting for this book to arrive, I was ready to dive straight in and get immersed in the story. And I found this super easy to do, especially with a glass of wine on hand late on a Saturday afternoon and throughout Saturday night.

This book felt like a really great reading companion for a weekend night, which I really haven’t felt like I’ve had for quite some time.

Final Thoughts

Throughout the whole book I found myself picturing the countryside, the types of stones used, the layout of the castle, all those dogs running around and how picturesque it must be. Living somewhere like this would be a dream for me. Minus the money issues of course.

To read about how the other half live was mesmerising for me. But what I really liked were the moments when Lucie and Arthur were able to recognise their own faults and do something about them. They may have needed help sometimes to see their own faults. But they didn’t run away, gloss over or hide from them in in fear of what others would think of them.

Except a small moment from Lucie. But I can understand that and respect her for making sure Arthur found out the truth from her regardless.

My only fault with this book was the ending. I wanted more than like the 2 pages of them meeting up and making up to know what happens to them. An epilogue would have been perfect to wrap it up nicely. Unless it’s a series? Is it a series?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward on tour thanks to Write Reads. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

   

No Place Like Home – Maxine Morrey

Welcome back everyone, after trying out a brand-new genre for me last week with Tom Stone: Day of the Dead, we’re back to the familiar today. Since I enjoyed Second Chance at the Ranch, I thought I should try out another of her books with Rach Random Resources when it became available.


Writing Style

The writing style is actually very similar to Second Chance at the Ranch, which I realised as I wrote that is pretty obvious. I mean it's the same author, why did I expect anything different?

Anyway, the main thing I liked about her descriptions of the location was the way that she wrote about the Kansas landscape. I love those quiet country landscapes and just being able to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine (or two...).

But really, you can totally lose yourself in your imagination of these places and the emotions going through the characters. It was mesmerising and I actually found myself for once wanting more descriptions of the landscape rather than what was happening between the characters.

But she also keeps you totally engaged and hooked on whats happening between the characters all the way through. And she even addresses the topic of domestic violence in what I feel to be a great way. It's raw, it feels honest and it addresses the aftereffects that victims experience.


Initial Thoughts

Pretty much straight off the bat I was a bit concerned about the topic of domestic violence being perpetrated with no context or meaning. That didn't really sit well with me because it's a topic often portrayed in a way that glorifies it.

But we quickly progressed to her being saved by the cops and moving in with a friend. And then we fast forward through time a little bit.


Final Thoughts

Overall I really enjoyed this one. It was mostly calming, and when my mind is whirling with my projects at work and the assignments I need to get done. I really needed that balance.

The fact that this story was told over a period of a few years, with the characters not knowing how to move forwards from friendship. Or if they even should. Felt really real to me.

The speed at which they came together didn't really feel real. But then again, I'm not really the type to jump so fully into something like that so maybe it's just me.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing Summer of the Viking by Michelle Styles. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.


Author Bio

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition with her first romantic comedy, 'Winter's Fairytale'.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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An Impossible Thing Called Love – Belinda Missen

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed the summery feel of The Italian Retreat on the Italian Lake. This week’s review isn’t quite so summery, but it does involve two countries again, and a holiday fling.


Writing Style

I quite enjoyed the way this one was written. There was a magical feel to it that made me wish I had the guts to up and move to London, like I wanted to for a while there.

As Emmy came across new locations she would marvel at the simplest of things. This really made me connect with her because I do this as well when I travel. The simplest of things grabs me attention and I just want to know more because it’s somewhere different and I want to know how it differs to what I’m used to.

Also, a holiday fling that actually wants to stay in contact just has a magical quality to it. The touches of that magic scattered throughout the story really kept me engaged throughout the whole book.


Initial Thoughts

Right at the very start of the story I thought we might have been in some ancient Viking town or city during a festival. That just shows how recently I’d read the blurb doesn’t it? Coz it was, in actual fact, set in Edinburgh in like 2010 NYE.

One of the magical qualities of this book was the way Emmy and William hit it off as he helped her after receiving a punch in the face. They just seemed to have instant chemistry and it seemed a given they’d get together. Until they parted ways and didn’t exchange numbers or emails or anything.

When they kept running into each other I started to think maybe it would work out. But then it all seemed to fall apart. I felt really bad for Emmy at this point. I’ve lost a good friend when they stopped responding so I can empathise with how she would’ve been feeling. And it made me connect to her even more.


Final Thoughts

I really liked that the issues that pop up in real relationships was what made these ones difficult. Lack of communication, a feeling of getting left behind, not wanting to look like you can’t hack it. And even the desire to prevent someone else from ruining the relationship so not talking about that person.

If I hadn’t have read a tinsy bit of the acknowledgement (I normally skip these) I wouldn’t have realised that this is actually one in a series. So, I will likely try and ferret out those books and add them to my every growing (it was already ridiculous) TBR pile.

Seriously, if someone could just pay me a decent salary to not work and just get through my TBR pile then maybe I will get them all read along with the rest of the series for those that I liked.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing The Consequence of Loyalty by Trey Stone.

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Author Bio

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count.

In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.

               

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Summer on the Italian Lakes – Lucy Coleman

Welcome back everyone, today’s review is along similar lines to last week’s book in that they are both modern day romances. I chose to participate in this tour because it sounded like it might be a bit of a romance, but at the same time not really since our main character, Brie, needed to get over writer’s block.

Writing Style

I found this story to be really digestible and easy to read. And given how stressful my work life was while I read this book, I needed it. I found I was easily able to jump in and out of this story without being so hooked on “OMG what is going to happen next?!” while being just hookish enough to make sure I had something to look forward to.

I did need to make an effort to read more by the end of the book. But I assure you this had nothing to do with the writing style and everything to do with me trying to finalise some touches on my site since my developers had just finished.

I really looked forward to the times I could read so I could enjoy some light-hearted romance that had a few tense moments. These moments reminded me that it doesn’t matter how good or bad your life is to the public eye. You’re the only one who can really know how you’re feeling and it’s up to you to let people in to help you through those tough times.


Initial Thoughts

To start off with I couldn’t understand what had happened. Had Brie just been dumped? Had something happened to turn her into an emotional wreck?

Then when she turned her life around from her binge eating spree, I started to think she’d meet someone, and they’d go to Italy so she can get her groove back.

So, when she practically got forced out of the country by her agent to help someone who clearly doesn’t like her I started to wonder what could possibly come out of this story. But I persevered since Rachel hasn’t steered me wrong before with these types of stories.


Final Thoughts

By the end of the book I will admit I was a bit distracted and was reading in bursts of like 5-10 minutes in between work taking over my brain. But right near the end (I had like 5 percent left to read) I chose to stay late at work so I could keep reading while I ate breakfast to read.

I’m not sure the ending is very believable. But I guess that’s why it’s a romance book isn’t it? We don’t exactly read these to read about something that actually happens in real life.

We read these types of books for the flair, the drama and the ridiculously crazy ways people fall in love and make it work.

So, in that way I found it really enjoyable and reckon most people would enjoy this even if you’re not too big into romance since it’s not over the top.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing An Impossible Thing Called Love by Belinda Missen.

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Author Bio

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

          

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The Secret to Falling in Love – Victoria Cooke

Welcome back everyone, I hope you weren’t disheartened by
last week’s review. Today I have another Blog Tour, and I’m happy to say I
enjoyed this one!

Story Overview

In this book we essentially follow our main girl, Mel, while she’s doing a challenge for work where she had to go completely technology free for a month and she how it changes her life.

With technology, she often ignored her surroundings and wasn’t having any luck finding any dates. Without technology she ended up with two guys essentially vying for her attention.


My Thoughts

When Mel writes her article about how we’re tied to our
devices I couldn’t help thinking I’d already read this somewhere. But given how
true it is I’m sure I have outside of books! But then for her boss to decide
because it’s so well received that she has to go technology free and just
enforces it without even giving her a chance to let her family and friends know
felt a little drastic!

But then again it’s a story so it worked.

The face that we then learn that a date she ends up with was
completely set up by her boss really set me off. Seriously, isn’t that like
illegal? So when Mel decides she’s going to quit once she can find a new job it
felt amazing! Girl power all the way!

After that things got a little dicey for me. I didn’t feel
as engaged as I wanted to be. But I can definitely say I was more engaged than
I have been with some of my other reads.

Did it feel generic? A little bit.


Final Thoughts

The good news is girl power feels like the stronger theme
throughout this book to me than the romance angle and I really loved it. I feel
like now I’m getting closer to 30 I’m seeing more and more women settle because
they feel like they need to be married and popping out kids.

So, for Mel to decide she’s ok being single and happy is amazing.
I wish we preached this message more. Life’s happiness isn’t all about the
value of the ring on your finger, how many kids you have etc. So, to read this
message in a modern novel was great.

I wish more writers could include this in their books for more
people to read. It’s empowering and I’m sure it embodies what most parents want
for their kids. To make sure your happiness comes before pleasing others.

My last thing was I wish there was a TINY bit more to the epilogue! I just wanted to see the friends and family’s reaction to that final thing and I would’ve been happy!


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Monday I will be reviewing The Writing Retreat on the Italian Lake by Lucy Coleman.

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Author Bio

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education.

She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling.

Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man.

Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.

          

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At the End of Summer – June Moonbridge

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed the review of The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge  and have been looking forward to this review.

I know I seem to be churning out reviews this month; but there were just too many books coming out/ open for reviews for me to turn them down! And today’s review is no different in that there was something about the blurb that drew me in and made me want to know what happened.

This book starts off with Caroline tired and going to a concert with her friend because her friend insisted. At the same time, or at least it felt like it, we were also introduced to Joshua, one of said band members, as he notices Caroline in the crowd trying to find her friend. He’s so taken with her as soon as he sees her that it actually distracts him from his music enough that his band mates notice. The next thing we know Caroline is waking up in a hotel bed with one of the band members singing from the shower and Caroline has no memory of how she got there. As she tries to make her escape Hale, the lead singer, comes out of the bathroom and Joshua comes in through the main door making it seem like she’s slept with both of them. And her memory can’t help her out knowing what actually happened.

Well as it turns out this is a common occurrence for Caroline if she doesn’t sleep enough. I can understand her weird ability to just fall asleep anywhere if she’s overly tired but I gotta admit I’d be at that stage after like 20 hours awake. Not like 30+ hours like she seems to manage. Is that weird that she can stay awake that long? Or am I weird for struggling to make it to only 20 hours? Honestly, I’m not sure but the fact her memory goes haywire when this happens is what adds a fair bit of drama to the story.Because of that she puts up all kinds of barriers between her and Joshua even though she is totally attracted to him.


Luckily for her, her friends and Joshua conspire to get them together and slowly but surely this happens. If only it wasn’t for her pesky relationships with her parents that makes this so difficult. I can understand hating particular traits of your parents and being terrified of having them, to the point that it cripples your ability to socialise or date. Not only is your mind going around and around in circles arguing with itself, if you manage to share these fears with anyone else, they brush them off making you feel even sillier about your fear. And I know in my case, it only instilled them further. So, Caroline not wanting to open up makes total sense to me.

What doesn’t make quite as much sense is Joshua not even telling Caroline about his sisters and their families. That’s like beyond crazy protective. How can you expect a relationship to work if you won’t even share that much detail about yourself? What makes that worse to me is the fact that he’s pursuing Caroline but won’t share even the tiniest detail about himself; yet expects her to share her life and fears with him.


By the time I was getting towards the end of the book I was getting a little bit frustrated with Caroline because Joshua just seemed so sweet. But then again,reading the book I can see his side of the story the whole way whereas she doesn’t get that perspective without asking. And even then, being able to trust what people are telling you can be a difficult thing. When I got to a certain point, I just knew I only had 2 or 3 chapters left and knew I needed to stop,get ready for bed and finish it snuggled up before going to sleep. And I was right. It was so perfectly sweet and gorgeous that I couldn’t imagine it not working out between those two characters. And for more reasons than just them getting their happily ever after with each other. But you’ll need to read the book to find out why!


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I will be reviewing Made to Break Your Heart by Richard Fellinger, which is another one from my new source of books to tour with.

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June
was born in June and she always loved the moon. Born and raised in Slovenia,
she studied economics, and quickly realised she hated it.

However,
later she found herself working in mainly male-dominated businesses. She can
choose the best steel for your project, but don't, please don't, ask her which
lipstick brand you should use.

Although
her writing was constantly criticised by her teacher that didn't stop her.
Under different pen names, she had stories published in magazines, and then
went on to publish three books under pen name Eri Krt.

After having two children, and learning that her second child has autism, she married their father and carried on working. Work and family life left her with little free time. But the desire to write didn't die. Always looking for something new, she challenged herself to write a novel in English and all her three novels:

are a result of that continuous challenge …

You can find June at the below places, as well as BookBub.

               

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Sweet Addiction – J. Daniels

Hi all, welcome back to another TBR book! I am going to lead with a warning that under 18s should probably NOT be reading this book! It's not as dirty as books like "50 Shades of Grey" but not clean like "Twilight" either!

I really liked that this book starts off with a strong independent young woman (Dylan) who has her own business, is emotionally stable enough to do the wedding cake for her dick of an ex and even turn up to his wedding! But at the same time is insecure, shy and inexperienced. I love that this mix gives us a woman who can manage just fine by herself but loves having her friends around her. She knows when she wants a man and she goes after it and enjoys it for what it is. And I especially love that she has a really low number and still feels like she has the right to enjoy what she wants to enjoy. Society these days is so cruel to woman who know what they want so I LOVE this take on a young woman.

So I've set up the start of the book pretty well for you I think. Our main guy Reese on the other hand is commanding, charismatic, sexy etc. Yet is totally out of his depth with Dylan and is desperately trying to keep her happy so he can stay with her. So for a difference in the classical romance story Reese and Dylan are pursuing each other, failing to connect properly, connecting properly, something happens etc etc etc. And you know know when the next change is going to happen!

I literally started reading this book on a Sunday night in bed and finished it on the Tuesday night in bed because I wanted to know what happens next so badly! Good news for me (also bad news since it means I'll have to pay for it) is that there's another book in the series! So my little obsessed brain coz go mental over that when I buy it. And I think that's two weeks in a row I've decided I'm going to buy the sequel and read it no matter the cost! Is it that I've picked two great books back to back to read or that I'm feeling more carefree with my credit card these days?

I am leaning more towards two great books who's authors know how to write to hook you in and sucker you into spending more money! But I can't blame them since that's kinda what I love about books.

I don't have much else to add (purely because I don't want to make myself sound like a psycho!) for this book but it's a great read and I think there's a way for EVERYONE to connect to this series. Dylan's personality is kinda all over the place and it's left kinda unexplained. Which I'm hoping will be resolved in the next book, coz I'm super curious!

Anyway, I have already started the next read which will be "NSFW: An Office Romance" by Piper Lawson (and just realised it's the second book in the series. Bummer!) so look forward to that one before like a month straight of book tours! And I feel like the book tours that are coming are going to be amazing!

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Survival of the Richest – Skye Warren

Welcome back, this week I managed to read one of the books in my TBR pile. This book is about a young girl who is rich, but not in control of the money and has two rich guys competing for her attention. It sounds intriguing doesn't it?

Well we started out with a 15 yr old girl heading to her dad's yacht for spring break hoping for once that there isn't a new wife. Unfortunately there is a new wife, and this some there's a college aged kid involved as well. Given that she's still in high school I'm not sure it's entirely appropriate for two rich guys to be fighting over her...

Luckily it turns out that this was setting the scene for the rest of the book. Through a series of letters between Harper (the young girl) and Christopher (the college aged kid) we fast forward 3 years to when Harper is going to college. It feels like they might get together at this point in time. But Christopher always being the "good man" doesn't take advantage of Harper and let's things be. This felt a little silly to me given that he'd just travelled all the way to NYC to see Harper's art exhibit and kissed her. But boys will be silly and mess things up for themselves.

Since her dad died that night I can kinda understand why he backed off. But his treatment of her at the reading of the Will seemed a little over the top. Getting Harper to dislike him wasn't hard, but I don't think he needed to quite dig the knife in her back in quite the way he did. Harper understandably stays with her mum and does everything she can to ensure they are supported so that she doesn't have to marry a rich guy just to get by. Which is going to be pretty hard to do since the Will stipulated that she can access her trust for things like education and living costs. So long as it's used for her, and her alone. With Christopher to oversee it and ensure no money is spent to care for anyone other than Harper.

By this part of the book we've barely started. Does that give you an indication of how much more there is in this book? I really do love a book that gives you enough back story to get what's happening, without focusing on it too much so that we can still enjoy the rest of the story. In this case the story is 4 years later, Harper is now 22, and Christopher hasn't paid a credit card bill like he was meant to. And Harper is pissed. Cue the introduction of guy number two. Sutton. Turns out he's Christopher's business partner and loves to see shit hit the fan and is helping Harper so he can see Christopher lose his shit.

Which doesn't happen. At least not immediately. Sutton pursues Harper, and they do get pretty hot and heavy without doing the deed. It seems every time they get close, Christopher interupts them and makes a big song and dance about how Harper should stay away from Sutton because he's a bad guy. Since Christopher is a pretty controlling guy who always expects things to be done his way I can understand why Harper doesn't want to go to him. Even though she is still in love with him. Just coz she's in love with him doesn't mean she has to put up with that controlling behaviour. So good on Harper for getting out of there!

On the other hand Sutton takes her out, holds her hand, let's her make decisions and plays around. He seems like the obvious choice for Harper. But love is a strange thing. Especially when Sutton is willing to hurt himself to try and make Harper happy. I mean, in reality how often does that happen? For the sake of leaving some mystery to the book if you chose to read it I won't tell you what he does that leaves me completely confused and unsure where the book was going. But if you read it I'm sure you'll know where I started to get lost and unsure. It was bad enough I actually wasn't sure if I'd finish the book because it just seemed so weird and out of place and just wrong.

But I decided to finish it since I was about 80-85% of the way through the book already. And I can say, it doesn't end up being what I thought it'd be, but it's still weird. Harper ends up going back to her mum and she tries to move on. Except she has to go back one more time and do one last painting. And I love the work she does. She paints Cleopatra who was in a similar situation as an act of defiance and feminine power against the patriarchy. I love the passion behind her drive to paint her even though she knew she'd get destroyed anyway. It just felt so right and so powerful in the only way she really knew how to be.

And I loved that the book ended on the same note as this final painting. It just felt right. There is a second book that I think I will get and review in the coming months. This one is a duet so there is only the two books and I really want to know what happens next!

In the mean time I will be reading "Sweet Addiction" by J. Daniels next week. I hope you enjoyed this review and I look forward to seeing you all again next week!