*sigh* I’m not sure what to say. I liked the premise and appreciated the characters, but this did not work for me at all and it’s difficult to pinpoint why.
Well, that was… provocative? Disturbing? Aggravating? Intriguing? Yes, to all. What a compelling premise. Out of the blue, Emily receives a seemingly benign voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. What’s troubling is that Amber uses a safe word to indicate she’s in serious trouble. Emily tries to track her down only to discover Amber’s missing. Her search leads her to Reeve Sallis, a rich playboy with a dangerous, dubious reputation.
While ShutterGirl is a bit of a departure from CD Reiss’s more sensual writings, her foray into the contemporary romance genre has all the hallmarks I’ve come to expect from CD’s work: superb writing woven with complex characters and a captivating plot. This is an alluring second-chance love story about two completely opposite people who dare to fall in love.
Emma Chase has topped herself. I never thought I’d say this but I loved Sustained more than Tangled, and that’s saying a lot. In my opinion it’s been a rather mediocre year for romances. There have been several 2015 releases I’ve enjoyed but only a handful that I’ve absolutely loved. And even then there’s usually something I find fault with. Maybe there’s a dreaded case of insta-love in the beginning. The ending is too rushed. The plot is a bit too predictable. You get the picture. But this book? I wouldn’t change a thing about this book. It’s absolute perfection and my favorite book of 2015 so far.
Let me just cut to the chase. I freaking loved this book! The synopsis sounded unique, and given my weakness for second chance love stories, I knew I had a potential winner on my hands. Well, it delivered all that and a bag of chips. I absolutely devoured it. Before We Were Strangers is easily one of my favorite books of 2015.