Friday, August 24, 2018

All the Way by Kristen Proby

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new Romancing Manhattan series, three brothers get more than they bargain for as they practice law, balance life, and navigate love in and around New York City.

Finn Cavanaugh is known for being a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He owns a successful law firm with his brother and brother-in-law in Manhattan. On the rare occasion that he has down time, he spends it at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. But when Finn’s troubled niece goes to stay with him for the summer in Martha’s Vineyard, he’s reluctant to take time off from work. That is, until he meets his beautiful new neighbor, London.

London Watson is a Tony Award winning actress on Broadway. When tragedy strikes her family, leaving her alone and injured, she flees Manhattan for Martha’s Vineyard. Hoping she can figure out how to pick up the pieces of her life, London is convinced that she’ll never be able to return to the stage. But when she meets the charming young girl next door and her sexy uncle, they soon lure London out of her shell as she finally begins to heal from the wounds of her past.

But when London feels confident enough to return to the spotlight, she’s dealt another devastating blow. Will the newfound love between London and Finn be enough to conquer all? Or will it be over before it has a chance to grow…?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/F Romance
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I love Proby books. She has a way of writing her characters so that you can paint a vivid picture in your head. That being said, I didn't fall head over heels with these two characters.

Finn is kind of your average heartthrob male lead character. He's put together, knows what he wants and goes after it. His communication skills are less than desired, but his love is fierce and everlasting. I truly enjoyed his relationship with his niece and thought that helped to create a more personable character. Where I fell a little short was his ability to listen and hear when someone else was talking.

London has had a rough go of it as of late. She was traumatized and injured all at once. While she has had a great career as an actress on Broadway, she knows now that her life will change forever. I liked how she was a strong female character and thought that she was developed okay. She knew what she wanted, but since she had never truly had time for a relationship, it was all kind of new to her and she biffed it a few times.

The ending, for me, was slightly abrupt. I was hoping for more of a finish for the couple, but hopefully, we'll get to see them in the next books too. The secondary characters in this story were well played. I think my main disappointment in this story was London's brother. He was so predictable – you could see what was coming from a mile away. I really enjoyed London's best friend and Finn's brothers. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

This is the first book in a new series, and we get a glimpse of the men who will feature in future installments too.

Finn's first encounter with London results in a slightly odd approach to her, after the reading of her parents' will. But as they are neighbours at their beach houses, he gets the chance to make it right. Their attraction develops into something tangible, although Finn's arrogance and miscommunications threaten to derail their budding relationship.

I enjoyed the musical angle, and the realities of stars having to watch their food exercise constantly, and always have someone trying to take their place. The fact that London is independently wealthy makes her strict regime a good indicator of her single-mindedness as a performer. Her independence clashes with Finn's dominant nature and sets up some interesting disagreements!

They are a fun couple, and it is always good to have a couple who have lived a little and are more confident in their place in the world. Finn maybe should have listened to his brother and brother-in-law though when it came to how to treat a woman!

This is the big shiny story of the romance between two rich and successful Manhattanites. Finn and London are glamorous enough to belong in books by Jackie Collins or Louise Bagshawe but despite the glitter, they both feel very real and their story has more grit and more heart than most celebrity romances.

After the accident that took her parents and left her with serious injuries, West End star London finds herself grieving while she pushes her body to recover so she can return to the stage. London pre-accident might have been a bit too perfect but meeting her at her lowest allows readers to really care for her.

Successful attorney Finn isn’t all that he first appears. He is also grieving and while London grew up privileged, Finn’s success and financial stability is new. At the start of the book, I was initially worried about insta-love but I eventually enjoyed the maturity of the relationship between these two and I found the issues they face together more complex and more subtle than I expected.

London and Finn’s story is part fantasy escape and part real world problems. I really enjoyed both characters and the story is an easy, satisfying read.

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of All the Way (Romancing Manhattan #1) by Kristen Proby to read and review.

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