Monday, November 11, 2013

Beautiful Chances by Alicia Rae

I am participating in a review tour for the second book in this series.  Since I hadn't read the first book yet, the author was kind enough to send me the Beautiful Chances ebook.

Lily is a twenty-four year old who is struggling after the loss of her family in a car accident three years prior to the start of the book.  She moved to Florida from Colorado shortly after the accident to escape the constant reminders.  She was very close to some of her extended family prior to the event, but she hasn't seen any of them since.  She has been living on Sanibel Island where she has been writing and unsuccessfully trying to move forward with her life.  She is still having nightmares about the accident and will not allow herself to get close to anyone because of a fear of losing them.

One day when she is sitting on the beach writing, she is approached by an attractive stranger named Kyle. The rest of the book is pretty much a whirlwind romance.  There is A LOT of adult content...probably a little more than was necessary.  There are some really sweet date nights and they obviously care for one another, but Lily is still struggling with her past.  Kyle helps her work through her issues, but he remains somewhat of a mystery throughout the book.  He is extremely protective, possessive and overbearing at times, but we aren't sure why.  I actually thought he was a little creepy on a few occasions.

I felt like the story had a lot of potential, but it didn't really live up to my expectations.  There is a situation with a stalker, which could have added to the story.  The topic was brushed over and appeared to have been forgotten.  I'm sure it will surface again in the next book, but addressing it further in this book would have added substance to the story.

There were a couple of surprises at the end of the book, which definitely made me want to read further into the series.  I just hope the focus of the second book is on the plot and story development rather than what is going on in the bedroom.  A little of that every now and then can go a long way.  It shouldn't feel like the focus of the book.

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