Saturday, 3 September 2016

Review ~ Nobody's Obligation (Swimming Upstream Series Book 2) by Rebecca Barber

Nobody's Obligation (Swimming Upstream Series Book 2)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: December 15th 2015

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Ava Jacobs is a shy accountant by day, aspiring romance writer by night—and her first novel just got published… 

Romance isn’t a big component of Ava’s life. That is, her real life. As the monotonous nature of crunching numbers and drawn-out board meetings slowly eats away at her, the only bright side to her otherwise mundane routine lies on the black and white pages of her debut romance novel. Her inspiration? A long-time infatuation—Tyler Andrews. 

Until the Olympic swimmer read her novel and connected the dots… 

Tyler Andrews is used to being the center of attention. But when his sister throws a romance novel in his lap, he’s surprised to be the inspiration for the hot, hunky hero. He has no idea who Ava Jacobs is, but he’s not at all happy with her using his likeness to spice up her steamy scenes. When he finally tracks her down, it’s her likeness that intrigues him. 

It takes just one romantic dance at a company banquet to spark disaster… 

When Tyler’s manager arranges a daring publicity stunt and offers him as an auction item at Ava’s fundraising banquet, the bids come in quick and hot. Little did Ava expect the winner, a work colleague, to donate Tyler as Ava’s date. With all eyes on the Olympic athlete, Ava can’t refuse a romantic dance. But even though Tyler was the inspiration for Ava’s steamy novel, she refuses to accept his attention if it’s not real. 

Will Tyler lose the one woman who caught his interest? Or will Ava push him away in an effort to prove she’s… 

Nobody’s obligation.

My Opinion

Eh. I don't think this was as good as the first one. I really wanted James and Anna to make an appearance after the ending of book 1. However that will never happen and I'm slightly disappointed with the way the author set this book up.

Ava is supposedly the author of Perfection Is Just An Illusion in this book. That means all of the characters in book 1 are fictional in book 2 so the worlds will never cross. I just felt let down with this turn of events. It's kind of that feeling when you get to the end of a book or good scene and it turns out to all be a dream. It rendered book 1 a bit pointless in my opinion.

Anyway, with regards to this story it was okay. I didn't feel the chemistry as much as I did in book one and I didn't understand Ava's issues and why she was so nervous. However it was still a sweet romance. It could have been cut down a bit, but it was okay and held my attention.

Overall, I preferred book 1. I'm not sure what's in store for book 3, but I'll more than likely read it since I got it as a freebie the other week.


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