Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Review ~ Intimate Geography (The Compass #2) by Tamsen Parker

Intimate Geography (The Compass, #2)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 2nd 2015

Fiercely protective of her heart, India Burke let down her defenses when Cris Ardmore went from another notch on her D/s playdate belt to everything she could never admit she wanted. 

But being disowned by your family and betrayed by your lover aren’t easy to get over, and India’s old fears of intimacy creep in against a backdrop of professional drama that forces her return to a place that never really felt like home. 

Though she proved her loyalty when it mattered most, love is about more than grand gestures and Cris wants all of her—which may be more than India is able to give. Can Cris and India navigate to a shared future or will they forever be off course?


My Opinion

I had to start this book as soon as I finished Personal Geography because of the huge cliffhanger. I needed to know how Cris and India's story concluded, yet whilst this book was a good read, I don't think it lived up to the first.

Intimate Geography picks up straight after Personal Geography ends. You're thrown into the emotions and action, which might be a little jarring if you haven't read the first book in a while. However, considering I had this book on hand as soon as I finished book one I enjoyed the start. There wasn't any backtracking that you find in so many sequels.

Similarly the characters do grow in this book--especially India. I enjoyed reading about her becoming more trusting, and how Cris was able to bring a different side out of her to all of the other guys previously in her life. However, the issues between them at times did feel contrived and only there for drama. The same things happened a bit too often.

Moreover, other scenes did feel repetitive, which was the biggest issue I had. I found myself skimming at times because not much happened to move things on. There were once again scenes we were told about and not shown (e.g. Cris' friends) and I was frustrated they weren't included as I thought they'd have added to the development. Things were a bit jumpy because of this. There were a lot of strands to the plot but I never felt fully satisfied they were all tied up at the end. What happened with her dad? etc. Things just got lost a long the way for me without coming to a resolution.

Overall though, this was still a good book. The characters did evolve, but it wasn't as hot as book 1, and I'm not sure it's a great conclusion.


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