8 September 2013

Review: Drawn To You by Robin Shaw

 
What they say: First book in the Paloma's Edge companion novel series.

Bethany Pruitt has been judged for her mother's actions ever since she could remember. When she returns from college in Miami to Franklin Parks, her hometown, for the summer, she doesn't expect to find the only home she's known to be motherless and empty. By another turn of events, she decides to accept an invitation from her uncle to stay at Paloma's Edge, Florida.

Chase Lovell lives for the present and doesn't think about much else. When he goes to see his coach for a meeting, a female standing at the end of a long bus line at his college sparks his interest and earns his respect. Intent on approaching her, he misses his chance, and assumes that he'll never see her again. When Pierce, his best friend asks him to pick up his cousin, Beth, from Franklin Parks and drive her to Paloma's Edge, he can't deny that this is the girl he's been drawn to.

But will Chase do whatever it takes to keep the girl he's found again?

**Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and strong language.
 
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
 
What I say: Beth returns home for her summer break, to find her irresponsible mother Cindi has left town without paying the rent or renewing the lease. Quite literally homeless, Beth ends up staying with her rich Uncle, Aunt and cousins in Paloma's Edge, Florida. She insists on paying her way by working at their posh hotel. Her cousin Pierce's friend Chase is also staying with the family and working at the hotel. Beth and Chase have an instant connection and begin dating.
 
Beth has always been tainted by her mother's reputation and is wary of being used by men; she requires honesty and doesn't like secrets. Chase is running from a past he'd rather forget and has a lot of secrets. There are a lot of misunderstandings in Drawn To You, many of which could have been avoided if Beth and Chase had been more open with each other.
 
The secondary characters are an interesting mix; most of the guys are rich party boys, but I found them interesting and really liked Pierce. Beth's friend Jake seemed to be far more interested in Beth than as a friend (I'll leave it to you to read what happens there) and I really like Bri and her brother Gavin.
 
I'm in two minds about Drawn To You because I liked Beth and Chase, but felt their story seemed a bit rushed. Also there are a lot of typo's/grammatical errors; some sections need a bit of an edit so they make more sense. I also felt Beth and Chase became really intense, really quickly and I would have liked to see their relationship build a bit more.
 
There are a lot of naughty sections in the book, so I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers. I did find myself rooting for Beth and Chase (I wanted to smack Cassidy) and really wanted them to work things out together.

3 - 3.5 Stars in my Sky!

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