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Title: All the Way written by Kristen Proby
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Romancing Manhattan #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
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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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I don’t know how to start reviewing All the Way by Kristen Proby. It’s not like the book was written horribly, it’s just so – meh. I feel like the whole story was just one note and it didn’t exactly endear me to both characters.
All the Way begins a few months after the fire that killed Landon Watson’s parents and injured her while escaping the burning house. She is dealing with possibly the end of her Broadway career and an older brother with addiction problems pissed that he is not getting half of his parent’s wealth.
To recuperate, Landon spends time in her childhood summer house in Martha’s Vineyard where she meets the lawyer who handled her parent’s estate, and who is her neighbor. It was really interesting how Finn and Landon’s relationship started because it felt a little bit abrupt, to me. Finn was petty blunt about his intent with Landon and their hookup pretty much happened in a blink of an eye.
What struck me as disappointing was the fact that these two people are so nice. Like super perfect, there aren’t even flaws! Sure, Finn does have his controlling tendencies, but it wasn’t enough to create much of a conflict. In fact, the book dragged on and on and on without any talk about the mysterious fire that killed her parents and injured her.
When the person who caused the fire was revealed (no surprise here, actually), it was dealt with in a single page! I mean, this person bragged that he started the fire, was not found out, and now he is out to kill Landon, but he was basically defeated with a punch in the nose? I need more than this! This felt like a throwaway! I would have expected that there was something about the investigation of the fire woven in throughout the story with Finn helping her out!
Sadly, no. As I said, it was more of a one-note. It’s not horribly written or anything, but I wanted more. SERIOUSLY. Even his niece that was mentioned in the blurb only had a very, very small part of the story. And to be honest, it wasn’t much.
All the Way left me wanting more – more romance, more EVERYTHING.
What do you think about books that don’t really explore the mysteries of the book and instead focus on something else? Yay or nay?