Published Dec 1, 2013
Trade paperback, 330 pages
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
I'm not one to read many romance novels. I did plenty of that in my youth, but once in a while I like to delve into a good romance. Hello, My Love! is the first book in the Between Two Worlds series by E Journey.
This was a good romance story that drew me in from the very beginning. Elise is a smart law student who is aiming at a good career. She doesn't trust men in general and especially rich men who have a different woman draped on their arm every night. She is independent but has a close relationship with her family and her roommate. She is a strong character who is likable because she is forthright and sensible, but alas, she too falls for the alpha male.
She gets to know Greg, a business tycoon and playboy, under a different light when she butts heads with him during dinner conversations at her parents' home. Throughout a year's time they develop a friendship but the problem is that Greg is engaged and about to be married to a beautiful and willful woman named Lori. The jilted woman becomes spiteful and Elise accepts her one-night stand with Greg and moves on with her life.
Journey writes well and develops her characters beautifully, which to me was the strength of this book. It does have a few sex scenes and the attraction is felt between the two lovers, but this isn't what the book is about. It's about overcoming objections within to be able to give back in a relationship.
I was captivated until three quarters into the book when the story takes on a different slant. I would have preferred for this twist in the story to take place before Elise and Greg's reunion, and not after since at this point I felt like the story was essentially over.
Apart from this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading Hello, Agnieszka! the second book in the series which is described by the author as a sequel/prequel hybrid to this book.
Note: This book is rated PG-13 for a descriptive sex scene.
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She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists' thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.
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