Thursday, 5 May 2016

Review of Here All Along by Crista McHugh

The bit on the back…

Can best friends become lovers while the cameras are rolling?

Movie star Gideon Kelly has always harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. One sizzling kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’ll do anything to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood romance.

Sarah Holtz rose to stardom as a child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss goes viral, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into the spotlight to become his leading lady.

Firstly thank you to the author for the review copy of this title via Netgalley. I’ve read every book in Crista’s Kelly Brothers series and I was looking forward to this one the most due to the storyline – one of my favourites. Unfortunately this turned out to be my least favourite of all the books.

The story is primarily about Sarah and Gideon and their relationship but the addition to this is Hollywood actor and all round meddler Gabe Harrison.

Gabe is the reason that I didn’t enjoy this. I didn’t think he was really necessary as part of the story between Gideon and Sarah as their progression from friends to lovers would have been enough. There is chemistry between them and obviously both characters have thought of being more than friends. There is enough to build on here that it could have been the focus of the whole story but in actuality the focus of the story is shifted to the impact that Gabe has on their relationship and in all honestly I didn’t like it. His involvement causes all sorts of problems and it actually made me think less of Gideon because he seemed to be led by Gabe instead of seeing the damage their plan would ultimately cause.

I’m sad to end the series with disappointment; however, I’ll definitely read more of Crista’s books in the future.

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