Friday, September 30, 2016

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander

About the Book
An Unlikely Couple Struggles to Reconcile the Burdens of Their Past
Dani Prescott came to the children's hospital to spy on Brett Somers--so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she'd seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media.
Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged--and maddeningly handsome--Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

My Thoughts
I have slightly conflicting opinions of this book. On one hand I really liked it, but on the other hand there were some things that didn't click right for me. Overall though it was a good read. The first book in this series was the first that I had read of this author and I enjoyed it enough to really want to read this sequel. Brett was a bit of the "bad guy" in book one so I was interested to see how the author would redeem him. I was actually a bit surprised that it took no time at all for me to like the man he was becoming whereas Dani was harder for me to warm up to. I think one of the main reasons was the fact that her whole plan to destroy Brett simply for saying something about her mother seemed way too far fetched for reality and honestly made her come off in a bad light. Despite that, she grew on me a bit and I was happy to see how the romance between her and Brett played out. The main focus of this book seemed to be on relationships and the interactions between the characters. Whether it was cousins who had buried past hurts and were getting closer, or siblings who weren't the best at communicating, or someone who'd been hurt by another person learning to forgive. It all connected to weave an enjoyable tale that was fun to read. I'll be interested to see where Amy's story takes us!

Meet the Author
Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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