Wednesday, 24 September 2014

ARC Review ~ The Love List by Eve Devon

The Love List
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 2nd 2014

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…

Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life!

With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.

Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.

As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?

My Opinion

Having loved Eve Devon's Her Best Laid Plans, I downloaded this book as soon as I saw it on NetGalley. It sounded like a great read, but unfortunately it is one I struggled with. I don't know if it's because I went in expecting more, but for me it didn't compare to Her Best Laid Plans.

First of all I'll start of by saying that this books wasn't bad and I think it'll appeal to people. The blurb had me at "super-glued her shoe to her hand" and I was already smiling. Similarly, the beginning had me smiling and it had me intrigued. The incident with the Ethan was funny and original, and I thought it was a different way for the lead characters to meet.

However, after this, it's where the book lost me. I don't know why, but I never really engaged with the characters. I didn't feel for them and especially in the middle I started to become disinterested. I kept reading because having read the author's other book, I hoped it would pick up again, and thankfully it did but it wasn't until around the 80% mark that I started to enjoy the relationship. Normally I know why characters don't work for me, but this book has stumped me. Maybe it was I never really felt their emotions? Anyway, this is the main reason the book didn't work for me. In terms of plot, romance, and relationships this book had everything I should love but I just didn't engage with it.

Overall, I think The Love List will appeal to others, but for me Her Best Laid Plans was a lot better and connected with me more. I wouldn't avoid recommending this book but I'd check out the author's other work first if you haven't already.


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