Monday, 26 January 2015

Giving In (Sandy Cove #1) by M.R. Joseph - Review


Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.
Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long.
With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?



Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: May 2014.

I am already a fan of M.R. Joseph but Giving In is in my opinion her best book to date. Where do I even start, two lines into the prologue and I was hooked! I couldn't put it down, I was just sucked in, held captive by Cruz and Harlow.

There are elements of a story you've heard before here, sure boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the girl that's got it all, brains, beauty and money but that's where any similarities to other stories end.

Giving In is outrageously funny in parts, laugh out loud hilarious and at the turn of a page, absolutely heartbreaking. Joseph's ability to change the tempo of the story is remarkable. Be warned there is a cliff hanger in Giving In but don't let that dissuade you from picking it up, this has fast become one of my biggest recommendations of 2014, in a year that is so far undoubtedly produced some of my favourite reads.

Congratulations M.R. Joseph, Giving In left me with a book hangover I'm still trying to move on from, a hangover I probably won't recover from fully until Always In is sitting in my hot little hands.


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