Finally it's here. The day I can review and debut Darby Davenport's new romance series, Loving Nature, and the first book in the series Walk Away With Me. Some of you might have read her previous works. Darby is the pen name for Emlyn Chand, author of the Farsighted series, the Bird Brain Books, and the amazing literary fiction novel Torn Together. I am so glad she decided to tackle romance. She is amazing in this genre and I can't wait for the rest of the series. So here it is my review of Walk Away With Me. (Be sure to check at the end of my post for a chance to enter a giveaway via raffle copter. And all this week will be random posts connected to Walk Away With Me, so be sure to check back.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
|Walk Away with Me is the amazing romance debut by Darby Davenport. And if this is just her debut, I can't wait to read the encore! |
When free spirited Charlie literally runs into Ethan at the dog park it's obvious they have more than just Charlie's rescued pooch, Rugby, in common. No matter how much she wants to deny it, Charlie is attracted to the stable and work oriented Ethan. She keeps telling herself she only wants Ethan for a fling, but she can't get him off her mind.
Ethan is facing challenges of his own. Charlie reminds him of his ex, and he has no plans of ever getting his heart broken again. But, no matter how hard he tries to resist,Charlie is winning him over. He can't believe how much he cares for her free spirit, and her take charge attitude in the bedroom. For Charlie is a woman who knows what she wants. And what she wants is to be nothing like her stay at home mother.
The challenge is these two realizing they need to give a relationship a chance, get rid of their preconceived notions, and listen to their dogs. Who obviously know these two belong together. The story is sweet, at first I thought it was taking the predictable romance novella course, but than Davenport throws some plot twists in and gives it her own spin. A formula that works. The bedroom scenes are just the right mix of spice and lace. Their chemistry is believable, and I found the role reversal very refreshing. It was nice to see the man on the opposite side of this equation, and to have a take charge female in the relationship.
If you are a fan of romance, in the style of Laura Kaye and C.J. Ellisson, I highly recommend you give Darbey Davenport a try. I can't wait for the rest of the loving nature series and to see Davenport explore this genre more. I gave the book 5 stars, definitely shelf keeper.
**Also be sure to continue reading for the inspiration behind Rugby, and the great information on pet adoption. You can see the love of animals shine in this book.***
Darby Davenport never believed in love—that is, until it happened to her. Now she’s a firm believer that every story is a love story, and has taken to writing out her favorite romantic fantasies and sharing them with the world.
Let’s face it, love–like nature–is powerful, unpredictable, and can change your entire life in a matter of seconds. To that end, Darby combines outdoor adventure with romantic longing in her debut series, The Loving Nature Trilogy. Take it from her: falling in love is the most natural thing you will ever do–as long as you allow yourself to fall freely.
Darby, who also writes young adult and children’s fiction under the pen name Emlyn Chand, lives in suburban Detroit with her own personal soul mate–fellow writer, Falcon Storm–and private zoo, which includes a music-loving Sun Conure, hyper-active Golden Retriever, and two scrappy little rescue mutts.
You can connect with her at www.DarbyDavenport.com, and please like her Facebook page.
Be sure to watch for the first in her contemporary romance trilogy, Walk Away with Me, coming from Evolved Publishing on March 19, 2013, with Skinny-Dipping at Dawn and Melt My Heart to follow later in the year.
And be sure you check out her web site. The real story of her rescue dogs and how they have impacted her life is so heart warming. As a dog owner and pet lover I was so touched. I was privileged to read this book as an ARC, and portions of this review have been published before on my Goodreads page.
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