AUTHOR: Melanie Moreland
Available @ AMAZON
REVIEWER: Pistol Annie
RATING: *** 3 Stars ***
A globe-trotting bad boy chases the one that got away in this addictive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Contract.
My name is Adam Kincaid, and I’m the best at what I do. After losing my parents, I decided to follow in their footsteps, and now I’m the most daring freelance photographer in the world. Maybe some think I’m a loner, but I don’t care. All that matters is the shot: braving danger and devastation in search of a single image with the power to tell someone’s story. But as good as I am, accidents happen—and thank god for that, because it’s what leads me to her . . . Alexandra Robbins. My nurse. My savior. With her fiery red hair and crystal-clear blue eyes, the camera loves her . . . and I have to have her. We soon find that we’re perfect together. We just fit, physically and emotionally. And yet something isn’t right. Something from her past is haunting her, and no matter what I do to help her break free, I lose her. Today is the day I try to win her back. Not only do I need an explanation, I need her in my bed once again. I don’t just want a damn picture—I want her. Because what we have is a love that never fades away. . .
This sexy standalone novel has no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed HEA—but Adam works hard to get it!
A BIT OF A HIT & MISS FOR MOI — This is a book I had been anxiously anticipating – and expecting it to be a top read for me. The book blurb captured my attention when it was first posted on Goodreads. But, the delivery didn’t go as planned. From a scan of the reviews posted on Goodreads and Amazon, I find myself in the minority – but it just wasn’t a good fit for me.
It’s the classic case of a story that had plenty of possibilities and coulda – shoulda – woulda – if only it had been written in a more reality-based atmosphere. At least in my opinion. A little too far-fetched for my liking. The female lead, Alexandra Robbins or Ally, as she prefers to be called, was obviously smart, well-educated, and employed as an ER nurse, but she had a major case of doormatitis with low self-worth allowing those closest to her to cross boundaries. She had let herself become a doormat for others to walk all over and wipe their feet on for years as she continually gave into their demands. The reasoning was hidden behind family-related problems stemming from the murder of her step-brother when they were young, and she let her crude and rude step-father push the guilt onto her shoulders and the royal beeotch she called mother agreed to this, along with treating her like a servant girl to be ruled with an iron fist. And this treatment went on for years and years. These people were wealthy and socially prominent. And there’s also a so-called “arranged” marriage thrown in the mix as well. Hello, where’s reality and why doesn’t this woman quit sniveling and get a clue? These people aren’t going to change — it’s up to her and her alone to make some changes and get on with her life.
Oh yes, there were some heartbreaking and touching moments and the feels were at times very emotional. But the relationship was instantaneous chemistry between Adam Kincaid and Nightingale (that’s Adam’s nickname for Ally) from the start. I was interested in Adam. He had some enticing attributes and an all-around solid guy. But he’s thirty-three years old and acts like it’s his first rodeo. The feelings of love and commitment were scattered and seemed totally wrong for the ages of both – especially Adam with his world-wide experiences and exposure. For the most part, this story is told from Adam’s point of view – possibly this might be part of the reason behind my feelings. Maybe if Ally had stepped forward and had her say a bit more, I would have found some much needed believability through her emotions. As it stood, I just couldn’t make a connection or have anything but pity and sadness for the situation or these characters.
Keeping it short and to the point. I was disappointed. I didn’t hate this book – I just didn’t fall in love with the characters or their story. I give kudos for a terrific Epilogue though, and I even gave it a loudly shouted HURRAH!