Series: With Me in Seattle #1
on November 19th 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Jennifer Mack
Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.
Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.
Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?
Sometimes you pick up a book at random and it turns out to be a total hit, and life is amazing. Other times you pick up a book at random and it’s not all that great. That’s the case with this book. Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby did not leave me with the warm and fuzzies.
Come Away with Me has a set up that I can’t resist. Luke is a former movie star, although he isn’t interested in being on film anymore. Natalie is a talented photographer. One morning, Natalie is taking photos on the beach, and Luke gets all annoyed with her thinking she is taking his photo. Of course she isn’t, and it quickly becomes clear that she doesn’t know who he is. I love that set up. When one person is famous, and the love interest doesn’t realize it. So I thought I was going to love this book. Not so.
Natalie and Luke get together very quickly. Which, I admit, doesn’t always bother me. And then they have sex. A lot. I mean, A LOT! And, hey, I like some sexytimes in my romances, but this was insane. They are always having sex. And the thing is, they weren’t really great sex scenes. And there were SO MANY! There wasn’t enough actual plot.
I did like the beginning of the story more than the middle and end. But then, once Luke and Natalie got together, they started in with the somewhat obnoxious terms of endearments. The narrator made the terms of endearment sound so weird, especially the word “baby.” I admit, I’m not a huge fan of that endearment to begin with, but I absolutely hated it here. And there was just so much! And, to top it off, as the story progressed, things got so melodramatic – in between the bouts of sex.
Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby just didn’t work for me. There were too many sex scenes (and not even good sex scenes), not enough story, too much melodrama, and too many terms of endearments. I was so glad when I finally finished this one so I could move on to something else.
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