Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks

Before He Was Gone

I was lucky enough to get my paws on a pre-release copy ofBefore He Was Gone and it accompanied me on what should have been a long train journey. The journey flew by, in a wave of sand, sea and sunshine thanks to this great summer story.

Perfectly paced to keep me turning pages (or clicking Kindle buttons, ahem), Before He Was Gone developed the character of Alyssa from Before He Was Famous with the style and vivacity I have come to expect from the author.

Quick-witted and unassumingly beautiful, Alyssa chooses to leave behind heartbreak for a desert island adventure that promises a life changing sum of money for the winner – not to mention madcap challenges, new friendships and a whirlwind romance along the way!

The description of a reality TV series was right on the ball, with both the highs and lows framed perfectly as well as showing evidence of Becky Wicks great research into the industry.

I loved Alyssa and Joshua’s romance. Joshua’s emotional unavailability made for a great mystery to puzzle over during dark train tunnels and their relationship evolved at a good pace instead of the popular ‘insta-love’ situation.

With an extra bonus chapter on the author’s website, Before He Was Gone is a fantastically fun read and very much recommended.

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird

loved this story.

The characters pulled me in immediately. I foolishly started reading at about 10pm on a Sunday, knowing I would have to get up early for work the following morning. See me today, bleary eyed, finished and desperate to share the love!

The story was fantastic – familiar enough to give comfort and different enough to hold my interest. The twists and turns kept me guessing as to what would happen – unusual for me, as I very often find myself picking up on the story’s ending long before I am close to finishing the book.

The characters remained consistent in their ways, gaining depth and wisdom as their tale progressed. This was not an ‘insta-love’ scenario, but a rather more realistic romance, growing in feeling despite tricky conditions.

I now see that this is the first of three and I’m off straight away to see if the second book is out yet, because I could very well do without another night’s sleep!

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Long Time Coming by Edie Claire

Long Time Coming

I loved the paranormal aspect of this story, it punctuated events within the book very nicely. The two (or should I say three?) main characters were very interesting and thanks to the flashbacks / reminisces about the past had a lot of depth to them that explained their actions. Even when a character was doing something I personally didn’t agree with, you could see from their history why they would act that way.

I worked out where the story was going very fast and even got so far as determining how it would come about long before it was mentioned by the author. However, there was one character twist I did not see coming and that remained in the dark right up until the author chose to reveal it. The story therefore kept me interested, entertained and involved with the characters.

A great read, very much recommended to accompany a sofa day or a plane flight.

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