I did it! I managed to get through a book in this series without bursting out crying or laughing. I was gonna say I finally managed to not look like a fool in public, but that’ll never be true.
What’s it About?
When your past and present collide, can love surpass it all? When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can’t get any more pathetic. She’s done with men. She doesn’t need them. She especially doesn’t need their muscular thighs. No siree, she’s going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive “Theo” who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub. Keep telling yourself that, Lez….. Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she’ll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he’s managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned. He wants more. She wants to run. But he can’t seem to let her go. Both of them have a past—and neither want to share. How can love possibly survive in darkness?
Although I didn’t run into any instances of uncontrollable laughter or tear shedding, that doesn’t mean this book didn’t have any emotion to it. The presence of Leslie’s friend Frank guarantees numerous chuckles, and the fact that the book is in this series at all means there will be some kind of depressing aspect involved. The sad parts of this novel relate to the somber familial pasts of both Leslie and Theo, which they desperately try to keep secret from one another. At one point Leslie says it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out. Translation: it’s only a matter of time before the shit hits the fan!
I do think there could have been a better flow to both the story and style of the book. When the novel opens, Leslie is attending Finley and Brody’s wedding, and we’re provided with a lot of flashbacks, as well as some behind the scenes descriptions as to what really went down between Leslie and Theo in book 2, A Broken Us. Frank then insists that Leslie partake in his 7 day romance cleanse, and hilarity ensues with speed dating, stringing along two guys simultaneously, and culminating with a one-night stand. There is also a lovely amount of sexual tension involved as Theo constantly pursues Leslie throughout the whole cleanse, and once he finally gets her in his bed it is oh so sexy.
That’s the first half. Once Leslie gives herself over to Theo though the tone for the rest of the novel takes a dramatic turn for, well, the dramatic. It almost seems like you’re reading an entirely different book. Gone are Frank’s crazy antics, and instead they are replaced with dark secrets and hidden pasts. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely interesting trying to figure out exactly what happened to Theo and Leslie, and there are some curveballs thrown in to keep you on your toes. However, I think this sudden change from fun and giggles to such an intense amount of drama was almost too much to handle at once.
My Favorite Bits
Frank, Frank, Frank, Frank, FRANK!! Hilarious doesn’t even begin to describe this man, and in my opinion he is worthy of his own full-length novel, or at least a novella. Every time I cracked a smile, or emitted a tee hee in this book, Frank was undoubtedly involved. I think it was his almost complete absence from the second half of the novel that made it seem even more depressing. He’s crazy fun, and I can think of no better companion for a night out on the town.
The support group of friends is really what makes all of the books in this series shine. The same characters are present throughout, and by this third book you can recognize and understand all their varying quirks and personality traits. I’m not gonna lie though, the sexy beau-hunks are also a plus. I mean, the number of times Leslie was transfixed by Theo’s passionate gaze through his black-rimmed glasses…oh my. He can be my Superman any damn day of the week!
Series: London Lovers, book 3
Should you read it? The latter-half is a bit of a downer, but you just gotta love the network of friends. Sometimes their interactions are more enthralling than those of the two main lovebirds.
Smut Level: There are a few moments in this book where you’ll have to fan yourself, but overall you won’t be left feeling too scandalized. It will make you think twice though about getting it on in your boyfriend’s childhood home.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. 322 Pages.
Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.