Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton

Hi all!

It has been a long time since I posted a review :) Time flies.






Title: Wait For Me
Release date: 21st of December 2011
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 282 in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:
A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn't feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn't know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn't remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they've both been searching for is finally within reach.

Review:

Well, this book basically had it all: crime, romance, suspense, action, angst, and more. It’s quite a decent romantic suspense book. Plot wise it was quite good, but I couldn’t fully enjoy this book due to the main couple who I simply couldn’t really warm up to. I didn’t find them likable to an acceptable degree even though both had their pros and cons, I just couldn’t find myself caring about them. BUT, Mitch rules, he was my shining ray of light!

Some other “meh” aspects: It took a lot of time to get to the core of the story, we were given many questions and mysteries in the beginning, but none of them started to unravel till deep into the book. The plot came across slightly farfetched as well. Not specifically the lost memory part, but everything around it regarding the who, why, how, when. Then again I’ve always had a soft spot for the lost memory plot so this compensated for some cons.

Good points: I couldn’t guess who the bad guy was so I was definitely intrigued and on the edge of my seat. There were some interesting twist and the questions kept the excitement alive through the story, despite the slow first part of the book. I thought the secondary romance was sweet and realistic. Compared to many other contemporary romance books I’ve noticed are coming out nowadays, this didn’t only have the story relay on lot and lots of sex. I was also fond of the general premise of the story, it was intriguing and promising.

Characters:

I didn’t like Kate much, yes, she tried to cope with such earth shattering revelations,  come to terms with what she thought was real and what actually was and tried to maneuver between lies and confusion to uncover the truth of her past and present as best as she could. But, I couldn’t completely root for her, there was something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. She behaved like I guess someone in her position would, but the way she acted overall, especially in her treatment of Ryan (not that he was better), her parents, Mitch, etc wasn’t my favorite. I understand that they were basically strangers to her, but she found it hard to trust them and acted kind of selfish in regards to them. I did, however, feel incredibly sorry for her and disgusted by her intimate relationship with her supposed husband, that has to mess with your psyche to know you were with and thought you had feelings for someone who turned out to be someone completely else. Respect to her for coping quite rationally with that. Her overall ability not to get overly depressed because of the revelations is praiseworthy. I also liked that she was passionate about her career.

Ryan had is good sides as well as some cons. I found his push and pull treatment of Kate slightly annoying, but luckily he got over it sooner than later. Him blaming her for brining him pain was also uncalled for, but maybe that’s just a phase for him coping with her having been alive all this time. Other than that, he was a handsome, wealthy and successful hunk, who really seemed to have loved his wife – what more can I say.

Mitch, the heroine’s brother, was charming and a bad boy hottie, but at the same time a great good and funny guy, I was really fond of him. Someone needs to have a serious chat with Ryan and Kate’s daughter!

Overall:

A good romantic suspense that has something for everyone’s liking. Interesting plot and a decent mystery/crime subplot. It has its issues, but nothing overly severe. Enjoy!





3 stars!

LIIS


2 comments:

  1. I read this book when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I can understand your issues with it and how it could be hard to connect with the characters. I loved Mitch too. ;) Her Eternal Guardian series is one of my favorites.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. :)

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  2. Thanks for your input!
    I again understand why people like this book so much and why it's so popular, then again it always comes down to preference :) I'll definitely check out her other series, thanks for the rec!

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