Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Discovering Stella by KM Golland - ARC Review


~Only those who are lost can be found~

Stella Walker is fleeing from a past which haunts her on a daily basis, and from a city full of painful reminders of a life that’s no longer hers. In an attempt to escape her memories, she plans to reinvent herself in the sanctuary of a tiny town in rural Victoria, by tracking down the one person she hopes can help, her stepbrother. What Stella doesn’t anticipate is meeting his best friend Lawson Drake, a hotter-than-hot mechanic, the local knight in shining armour – and the most gorgeously infuriating man Stella has ever seen.
When Lawson comes across a broken-down car by the side of the road, he is intrigued by its owner — a caramel-eyed brunette who clearly has a score to settle, not only with her defective vehicle, but with anyone who tries to get too close. The thing is, something about her makes Lawson want to get as close as he can possibly get.
Can Lawson help Stella to fix her broken heart, and discover herself again?


Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: August 2015.
 There's something thrilling and yet comfortable about picking up one of KM Golland's books, it's like opening Christmas presents in your favourite pj's...weird analogy right? It probably sounds silly, but for me diving into the worlds Golland creates is like coming home and yet at the same time exciting, and full of possibility. From the blurb I had a inkling Discovering Stella was going to be a darker story, and it was to an extent, but it still had Golland's trademark wit and sexiness...and boy was this sexy...Lawson is definitely a perfect combination of rugged man and sweet heartthrob, he's rocking the dirty talking alpha thing and yet there's an innate goodness to him, one that wants to breakdown Stella's walls, one that wants to help her heal from whatever she is hiding, one that wants to be the kind of man she deserves.
Stella is hiding something, something lodged so deeply inside her, something that has eaten away at who she was leaving only a shell, she's running from a past that still haunts her looking for a fresh start, driving across the state to visit her long lost step brother, Stella thinks she may have found somewhere that she can forget her past, somewhere she can't be confronted with what haunts her, until Lawson challenges her in ways she never imagined she would be again, their connection is tangible, Golland effortlessly draws you into their world, daring you not to love them, not to fight for them, there's a rawness, an intensity that seeps through the pages and right into your soul, one that begs you to see past Stella's freak outs and stoic personality and Lawson's bravado and sexual innuendo.
There's a simple beauty to this small town where Stella starts to live again and Lawson finds himself opening up to the possibility of a future, there's a fragile strength to Stella that is both endearing and awe inspiring, behind the hurt and the pain is a woman who's survived on her own, and found a way to keep breathing, keep moving through the days, she's not truly living but that's what drew me in, what held me captive, while Lawson is definitely a worthy book boyfriend, Stella was undoubtedly the hero of this story for me, she was breathtaking in her journey from darkness to light, and I revelled in her moments of clarity, her moments of forgiveness, I was captivated by every glance, every secret smile, every nuanced second left me smiling and wanting more.


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About KM Golland:

“I'm an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable little people. I'm a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I'm also a self-confessed shop-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and choc-aholic.” Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland studied law and worked as a conveyancer before putting her career on hold to raise her children. She then traded her legal work for her love of writing and found her dream career.


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