Monday, 7 December 2015

Review of One King's Way - Samantha Young

The bit on the back…

When he's not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there's no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand . . .

Rain's lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy's boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain's overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39 - where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.

The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she'll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister's happiness first . . .

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for ages – more so since Samantha posted a teaser on her Facebook of an excerpt of the story written from Craig’s POV. I’ve loved the little re-imagined excerpts from the On Dublin Street series told from the hero’s perspective that Sam has posted on her website so I knew she could nail this!

I love reading from both male and female perspectives in a book, especially in a novella when you have less time to get to know the characters and their stories. We have already met Craig as he worked alongside Joss & Jo at Braden’s night club but Rain is a brand new character. I was a little confused at first but quickly realised that One King’s Way is set way back between the first and second books in the On Dublin Street series.

Craig and Rain meet in the night club and although Craig is his usual charming self, Rain is too distracted to notice. Although she’s caught up in her own business I love that her level of distractedness meant that Craig had to double his efforts to win her attention.

Over the course of this short read we learn more about each character and their loyalty to their families and what drives it. The relationship between Rain and Craig is sexy and intense but there was always something in the back of my mind that thought the heat and the passion was masking the real issues that Rain was harbouring.

I didn’t quite expect the ending but I loved the both usual and unusual tie in that the title had, as with the rest of the series this novella belongs to. Sam is one of those writers whose work I could read over and over again and this is no different. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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