A Chance At Love
Author: Karolyn James
Series: Ferry Creek (unnumbered)
Review Copy Provided by Author/Publisher via Reading Addiction Book Tours (RABT)
A simple phone call can change your life… just ask successful businessman Sullivan Chasen.
When the caller shares the news that Sullivan’s father is dying, Sullivan laughs and hangs up. He isn’t being heartless, he just knows that it can’t be true – because his father already passed away… ten years ago.
Like a bad dream, the calls keep coming and DNA results turn Sullivan’s world upside down. There is only one way, and very little time, to figure out the truth. He packs his bags for the small town of Ferry Creek, North Carolina.
Once Sullivan arrives, he must confront a past he never knew existed, including a half-brother who lives above their family diner. The longer he spends away from his wealthy lifestyle and successful business, the more he falls in love with the small town, its community… and waitress, Jess Winthorne.
Can Sullivan Chasen go back to his normal life after learning about his past or will he discover the missing piece of his heart in Ferry Creek?
I’ll admit that recently, I’ve been fairly picky about what books to feature on my blog for promo tours/reviews – not because they don’t look interesting, because they do, but because my time has been fairly limited. However, when the email popped up from RABT for Ms James’ book, I was intrigued enough by the description that I said that I would be interested in being part of the blog tour. This reasoning is what makes it a hard-ish review for me to write because in all honesty, I enjoyed the premise of the book and for the most part the story was decent – but I had quite a few issues with the writing style – almost to the extent that I nearly gave up on the book (but I persevered).
I’ll admit that the whole millionaire/billionaire storyline doesn’t always work for me, mostly because I have been reading romance for so long that i’ve seen pretty much every reincarnation in characters that are out there, or so I thought. But there was something intriguing about Sullivan that I liked. I think because for the most part, he didn’t necessarily try to “fix” everything with his money – in fact, a good portion of the book revolved around the idea that money can’t fix everything. I had a harder time with Jess, the heroine, for me, I just felt that she wasn’t quite as three-dimensional as Sullivan was – while this was a romance novel, and there was a bit of romance, I never got a true sense of why they fell in love, it was a bit of an insta-love type scenario. Plus, I kept hoping that she was going to hook up with the Cop (even though I knew that wasn’t actually going to happen).
I think my biggest issue with the book was the writing style in general. It felt very chunky and didn’t flow well. The conversation between the characters felt very formal (kind of like what you would potentially expect if you were in a situation with a person who didn’t speak English as their first language). It just didn’t feel natural, like 2 people really having a conversation. I do think its something that could be improved on, and its unfortunate that it just didn’t work for me in this instance. Plus it really felt like there was a lot of “telling” rather than “showing” when it came to the writing style, almost a bit like an info dump at times. But I know that the author has several other books out, so i’m interested to see if that writing style translates better into other books or not.