Copy received by author in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Cont Romance
Series: – 1st in the series
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 4 stars
I am going to start off by saying, I have read this book 3 times now, the first time I got to about 80% and got a message by the author that it has been revised, finished it and got another message to say it had been pulled from Amazon and was being professionally edited, so I offered to read the edited version and review based on that. And tbh, it was no real hardship reading it 3 times in a short space of time.
So please do bear in mind, if you have read some earlier reviews that mention editing etc, it has now been professionally edited. Not to say I did not notice the odd typo here and there, but only as I was being hyper vigilant in looking out for them, and I have certainly seen the same small typo’s/editing issues in Trad published books, so this is a huge improvement over the first copy I read. Would I have noticed them if I had picked this up now, and not as a R2R -probably not. As unless it is really obviously bad enough to pull me out of the story, I tend not to notice punctuation/grammar so much. Just not high on my list of things that can bug me in general. The story flowed well for me here.
It starts off quite graphic, with an attack on Gwen, by her biker boyfriend, and then we move forward a year and while has recovered physically, she has not mentally and decides she needs a fresh start away from what happened to her. And on the first day of her fresh start, she bumps into a sexy biker that she has an attraction to. The last thing she needs.
A touch of insta lust, and I do have to agree it does at parts have a very KA feel (although that is not necessarily a bad thing) but I really enjoyed it, loved Gwen and Cade, and it was chock full of secondary characters just crying out for their own book.
And as I say, I read this 3 times, and the 2nd and 3rd times, I was hoping for a certain thing to have magically changed and not happen, but ofc it did, and it just devastated me. Now if a book can make me feel like that, it has to be good.
I did feel like the last 25% the author had found her own voice a bit more, and the book and characters had more depth to them. Anne Malcolm has the potential to be a truly great author.