Friday, 18 July 2014

Book Review: Eversea by Natasha Boyd

Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose. 

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever. 

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler. 

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family's historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided ... and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

Upon finding this book on Bookbridgr I did something very unlike me - I judged it by it's cover. Being in the UK I saw the second cover pictured above and instantly requested a review copy without reading what it was about. The cover was so lovely and I always read the synopsis before requesting or buying books because I like to know I'm not wasting my time or money. I'm not sure what exactly compelled me to ask for this book without even seeing if I'd like it - I just did. Then I got it in the post a couple of days later and oh boy am I glad I picked this one up!

As I mentioned above the covers are beautiful - both of them but I especially like the first cover pictured and once you read the book (which you totally should!) you'll understand that the picture perfectly represents the book. I love it when this happens, when the cover of a book is secretly relative to the story. I like the other cover too, this was the one I received, but the alternative actually captures some of the story.

For me, the writing flowed really well. Natasha was able to create scenes that seamlessly blended together even when the story moved to another setting, this is a skill all authors should adapt and use to their full advantage as it creates a much better feel and doesn't make it seem all rushed.
Although this was a pretty quick and easy read I enjoyed it nonetheless. It wasn't that it was short of drama because LEMME TELL YOU, there was plenty of drama, it was one of those books that you can read in one sitting because it totally captures you in the story and the characters and it's a lovely escape from the real world. Oh and the whole relationship between Jack and Keri Ann was bloody adorable although closer to the end I wanted to smack them both upside the head and tell them to sort their sh** out! Then again, the story wasn't rushed and the inevitable was dragged out, in a good way of course. No one likes having the relationship happen straight away. Sometimes the chase is the best part! I know it usually is for me.

Now for the characters; Keri Ann. I loved her as a character, she seemed so real and relateable. I loved how she thought that reading too many romance novels had given her high expectations in men and here she was with that expectation standing right in front of her in the form of Jack Eversea. It gives a girl a little hope!
Jack Eversea, sigh, Jack was perfect in every way. He was courteous, swoon-worthy and a little cocky - which is okay with me. And he rides a motorcycle. I have a thing for attractive guys who ride motorcycles, who doesn't?!

The problems and situations were realistic which is a breath of fresh air. A lot of romance novels include a series of insanely melodramatic problems that I find myself being able to solve easily, yet the characters take ages to sort themselves out!

I will definitely be reading the next book which I actually received in the post a couple of days ago *eep*

Oh and before I go; LOOK AT THIS LITTLE GUY. He welcomes new chapters and breaks in the writing and I loved seeing him whenever he popped up:)

*This book was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review*

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