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Talan was a sweetheart. Almost too perfect, but honestly, that's the way I like my heroes. It's nice to think there's a guy out there who can handle all our BS. I liked the layers to his personality and his life, and the way he was all in when it came to Bliss. My only problem is the amount of time he was absent from the story. I got a bit twitchy wondering when he was going to be back in the picture.
Bliss... Well, I liked her well enough. I thought she was pretty relatable, flawed, and real. She'd go flying off the handle, and then come to her senses. And Lord knows I'm a lot like her when it comes to overthinking things, and creating issues when there isn't really one there. Unlike her, I like to think I would let someone say their piece, defend themselves, in the event of a major misunderstanding, but who knows.
That particular misunderstanding was pretty predictable, although I did wonder what the real story was going to be. (Sorry if I'm vague, but I don't like to leave spoilers.)
My main problem with this story isn't really the story, it's the fact that it is not only first person, which--as those of you who follow my reviews know--is not my favorite, but it is also in present tense, which I find super distracting. I've only ever read one book in present tense that I didn't find so distracting--I hardly even noticed it, it was so well done. This one, for me, was not. As a reader, I was taken out of the bubble every time to dialog fell into past tense--which was often--and during the times when Bliss is flashing back to something that happened "off scene". So it felt bouncy and just not smooth.
Take that for what it's worth. For me, it's worth the loss of a whole star. But other readers who don't have problems with first person present tense may not mind it at all. Otherwise, the plot was well constructed, the characters all likable and relate-able, and the writing--other than my issues framed above--was very well done.
Adrian Hale's debut novel did not disappoint!
This isn't just a love story about Bliss and Talan. It is SO MUCH MORE! It was a journey. A journey that teaches Bliss that it's ok to take risks. That life is all about balance, you need to work hard play hard, and most importantly, love hard.
Bliss meets Talan at a winery after she's done hair and makeup for a wedding party there. He's a flirty bartender that she decides is worth one night of fun. Too bad Talan didn't get that memo. One night of Bliss and he was hooked. Too bad he met her at the absolute worst time.
Bliss's world gets rocked shortly after her foray with Talan and she has no time for romance or anything that could cause her to lose her focus.
Talan is nothing if not patient. He was continually what she needed. Pushing her out of her comfort zone and showing her that she has room in her heart for him after all.
This book went above and beyond my expectations. I was expecting a quick, fun love story. What I got was deeper. I got the feels. I got the butterflies that you get when you fall in love. I got the sinking, heartbreaking feeling when something bad happens. I got that sick feeling you get when things go amiss. I got my heart completely broken. Then, I got the sheer bliss (see what I did there?) of happiness you feel when you find "that person" who will see you through the good and the bad.
Great job, Adrian!! I'm looking forward to Griffin's book and all your other future works!
This is a love story about Bliss and Talan with real life thrown in.
It was really personal to me because I have been through some of what Bliss goes through in the book. I cried, I laughed, and I swooned. Talan is amazing. I want him! Do we have a copy machine that will spit out perfect men yet? Someone should invent that cause Talan will be the first, and probably last, one I print.
This is Adrian's debut novel and I look forward to everything she publishes after this!
Thank you Adrian for sharing this story with us!
My heart went out to Bliss as she receives news that no one wants. But meeting the sexy motorcycle riding bartender Talan, gives her some distraction. I loved Talan in every way possible but always felt he was hiding something...and he was. Oh Bliss, I just wanted to give her a big hug! But when they were together, lets just say I'm surprised my kindle didn't melt! Ms. Hale can write a steamy sex scene! Whoa!
This book was so much more than a romance. There was loss, heartache, reunited love and living life like it was your last day. And one of my top reads not just of 2015, but ever! I wish I could go back and reads it all over again for the first time!
Congratulations on this fantastic debut! I cannot wait for what's next! (hopefully maybe more from Bliss and Talan??)
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