Author: Ava Harrison
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 1/2
I needed to get away.
My ex was getting married.
So, I left.
The English countryside was a picture-perfect escape.
The dashing stranger an even better one.
And what started as a chance encounter quickly became more.
He promised to show me how to live, how to feel alive and forget a past best forgotten.
He made me believe things could be different.
That was until I found out who he was . . .
He was Oliver Blackthorn.
The 16th Earl of Lockhart. Thirty-third in line to the throne.
And a liar.
Once I began reading the first few chapters, I started getting a bad feeling. That feeling where you know the decisions of the some characters are going to have a ripple effect that will cause massive consequences. And yet, you can’t look away, you have to devour every page. Oliver and Addison are great characters and have immediate chemistry. Oliver is a compassionate man who knows his way around women. Reading about him made me think of the song Smooth Operator by Sade. But he is also funny and cheeky. Addison is a strong, independent woman and yet she feels weak around men. Two in particular. One she was running from and one she accidentally found. I did love Oliver’s outlook on life and how he nudged Addison into breaking free from her routine to stop living day to day and actually live. But someone isn’t being truthful and you know what they say, the truth always comes out. I was interested to see what would happen once the chips had fallen.
I think what I enjoyed the most about this story was Addison’s strength to move past Oliver’s betrayal. The way she went about it was not the best but the thought behind it was good. So many times you see female leads take back the male protagonists so easily after an indiscretion that it always leaves me frustrated. If he hurt you that badly, why are you taking him back so quickly? That’s why Addison was a great female character because through her journey she realised that there were other options besides choosing a man: “I’m not defined by a man or how they love or treat me. I’m defined by how I love and treat myself.”
About the Author . . .
When she's not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.
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