Book Review: Daring to Love By Karina Buchanan

This is the second book I brought for my reading challenge.  I had already created my list but found Karina as a guest blogger on a wordpress blog I follow.  I enjoyed what she wrote, so I clicked on her blog as well.  From there, I noticed she just published a book about a week ago.  Since I liked the description, I decided to add it to my list.  It’s my reading challenge, so I can make the rules up as I go along.

Here’s my thoughts on Daring to Love by Karina Buchanan:

Andrea Macleave’s one night stand with adrenaline junkie Matt King, doesn’t quite go as planned, but their chemistry proves too strong to simply walk away…

Andrea Macleave is determined to lose her “Miss Stuffy Knickers” nickname with a rappel down Ireland’s famous Europa Hotel, for the hospital where she works.  Risk taking goes against everything she believes in, but it takes one kiss from her hunky instructor to send her on her way.  With her wild side let loose, a one night stand with the action man seems the perfect antidote to her stale life.

Part-time charity volunteer, Matt King hopes to put the disastrous hook-up behind him.  That’s easier said than done when he meets the woman in question at his workplace.  There’s clearly a powerful attraction between them, but he’s fighting his past demons by living on the edge.

With each of them determined to let their past ruin their chance for happiness, how can an adrenaline junkie and control freak ever make it work?

This 12 chapter story is Karina’s first debut novel.  Bravo–I hope to see more of her work.  She had me hooked with the first scene.  The way the character Andrea (a.k.a. Andie) described her rappeling experience was brilliant.  At first, I thought she was in real danger–like she and the other women were held hostage; I thought it was a mystery or thriller.  Then, it was revealed that Andie was exaggerating, and I laughed.  That would totally be me in that situation because I’m afraid of heights.

The premise is Matt and Andie (his reasoning for giving her that nickname was so cute) meet, have an attraction towards one another, and try to resist those urges.  I felt for Andie when he turned her down the first night they met.  How embarrassing.  I loved the way they met again after that–they worked for the same hospital but in different departments and was forced to work together on a case.  The sexual tension oozed through the pages, and all I could think was “Matt, you had your chance!”

I enjoyed their back and forth (I love when couples don’t get along at first).  It was cute and funny the way Matt tried to win Andie’s heart, and it was great how they called each other out on their BS.  I rooted for them throughout the story; both main characters were relatable to me because I know what it’s like to be scared of commitment.

Karina Buchanan has a gift of revealing twists at the right moment.  For anyone who reads this book, pay close attention when the characters reveal something about their past.  It will be significant later on.  For example, I hated what Jimmy, who was Matt’s friend, did at the hospital, but at the end, I understood why he did it.  And, I felt sorry for him.  There’s two main characters, but the author makes sure her readers fully know the supporting characters as well.  I loved that I cared for everyone in the story.

This novel was a fast read.  I laughed and cried.  The ending was sad ( I wish I could talk about it, but I don’t want to give too much away).  Just know, the epilogue tied everything together, and I loved the reveal of Little David and Katie.  In fact, those two are why I shed tears–they represented honoring people who were special in Matt’s life.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby