Author: Isabella Louise Anderson
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 173
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
A fun potential beach read that starts with promise but can’t keep the pace going to the end.
*Unrealistic Story *Quick Conclusion
“Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance?” Carrie Newman is looking for a positive change in her life when she decides to move from Texas to Florida. Her seemingly perfect long-term relationship is over and she wants to take her career to the next level in Palm Beach where business is booming for interior designers. Being away from her family and taking on a difficult new client named Brad Larson proves to be a rough start to her new life. But could something more be forming between Carrie and her overly friendly new client, Brad?
I was initially drawn into this book because of the quality of the writing. I can usually sniff out a romance book I won’t like from the start based on how it is written. My nightmares are the ones that come off cheesy and over the top or the ones where the author lacks the ability at being descriptive in terms of back story or scenery so that it feels like the book just jumps from one romance scene to the next. Anderson, thankfully, is a great writer who builds us a nice world to jump into. Her words definitely had me wanting to pull up a lounge chair in Palm Beach and the romance never got to that uncomfortable cheese ball zone where I have to read the steamy scenes squirming in my seat.
While I was drawn into the story in the beginning, my interest began to dwindle when I was past the halfway point. What I didn’t buy was the sudden jump from lust to love between Brad and Carrie. Originally their chemistry was perfectly realistic, but after only one weekend together they are suddenly in love? I mean, I know it happens, but that type of love is a feeling I find hard to believe. On top of that, the story and all the challenges the characters’ faced were solved too neatly and nicely by the end of the book. The conclusion was too rushed and picture perfect for my taste after all that Carrie had been faced with in the beginning of the book.
This book has a strong start and a good premise, but I think it loses steam near the end. I was glad this book didn’t succumb to some negatives I see in the romance genre but I needed the romance to have a stronger foundation before I could believe that the love between the two characters was real. Those who love the romance genre might find a good vacation read out of this book. But as a casual reader of romance, the book was just ok.
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*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.