Series: Catch My Breath #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by HarperImpulse on July 31, 2014
Source: Tour Host
Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
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Lia Meyers' plan for a relaxing Scottish vacation is short-lived when one uncharacteristic moment of clumsiness lands her in the arms of a dangerously attractive Englishman…
The perfect opportunity for a much needed holiday romance? Wrong! Lia’s still reeling from the mother of all bad breakups, and she really doesn't have the patience for Alastair Holden – despite his effortless charm and cute British accent!
Arrogant and totally inscrutable, he's exactly the sort of guy she wants to avoid but can't: the man behind the mystery proves just too tempting to resist.
Drawn to him, Lia is forced to battle with her own insecurities, and the closer they become, the more she recognizes her own weaknesses as she peels away his layers with every night they spend together. Discovering the past Alastair is so desperate to conceal, Lia must decide if they can heal one another together or if their deepest fears will tear them apart.
I’m just going to jump right in here and say that I went back and forth on this book… between thinking that it was a little too close to the Fifty Shades/Crossfire series and feeling a bit refreshed… There are moments where I’d read and I couldn’t stop, and then it would get to a point where I felt the book dragging.
I made a few notes as I went along that follow this pattern. It began with the ending to chapter one, as she’s at a dressy party on Friday night in Scotland, in which I highlighted the last words, “It was my handsome, mystery guy.” The beginning of chapter two is the next morning as she’s jogging, and I wrote, “That’s it? That’s how you end the chapter? Wtf?”
Later on, it was remarked that Alastair was emitting pheromones and I thought (and wrote) “Necessary?” — But later in the book, there was such a wonderful bit of snarky sarcasm that I highlighted that in appreciation. You also have to wait for the first sex scene, but it’s worth it.
Alastair is brooding and mysterious and comes complete with the mood swings and dark past. Lia has baggage and a bad ex-boyfriend who stalks her. Their relationship has so many ups and downs it’s dizzying and at some point you think, “Ok, this is just unhealthy. At what point do they realize that?” This book was as back and forth for me as their relationship.
On Goodreads.com, Ms Montagano’s profile touts her as “A fresh, new voice in contemporary romance…” — I’m not entirely sure I agree with the “fresh” part, at least not for this book. I know it’s only the first book in a new series and at $1.99 it’s not a bad deal. I’d be interested to read the next book in the series, and hold my final judgement for after that.
For this book, though, I’m going with a 3.5 out of 5 stars.