Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Don't Walk Away by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

Book Blurb:

He wants to rock her world—in bed and out of it

For former Army Ranger Dean Colter, sexual escapades and wild flirtations are the norm—but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, the DreamMakers co-owner was a one-woman kind of guy until he tore Emma Lee’s heart apart. Yet he’s never forgotten her, and when Emma waltzes back into his life, a second chance is suddenly within his reach…and he’ll be damned if he’ll screw up again.

She wants her world to stop spinning apart

Emma’s no longer the naïve girl she used to be. Now a successful designer in the fashion world, she refuses to let Dean’s killer smile and sweet-talking ways distract her from her goals. But being the target of Dean’s full-out seduction isn’t easy to resist, even as the dynasty she’s built teeters toward disaster. This time she might the one who breaks both their hearts when she has to walk away. 

My Review:

I really liked how Vivian and Elle set the scene for the initial part of Don't Walk Away.  It's a fun one that made me dive right in!  A second chance at love, this time as adults, is what Don't Walk Away is all about.  I really enjoyed the fast pace, the characters and the chemistry between them.  After years apart, the chemistry is just as strong, if not stronger.  Emma is still nursing a broken heart though, and Dean is going to have to find a way to prove to her that he won't walk away this time around if she will only take the a chance with him.

I liked both of these characters.  They have both obviously matured from the teenagers they were.  Emma has done well for herself, even if her professional life is a bit chaotic right now.  Seeing Dean in San Francisco is unexpected, and brings back a lot of old heart ache.  I didn't like how she still held a grudge, especially when Dean had tried to contact her previously, but her character showed strength and maturity in that she didn't dwell on it too long and was able to move away from that and into life today.  I liked how she didn't immediately cave to the combustible attraction between them, but was cautious.  Even when her feelings for Dean were still so strong.    Dean has quite the reputation as a lady's man, and it's something he's out to prove is no longer true.  He is determined, romantic, and wants to be with Emma again...even before he knew who she was he was hot for her.  I like how both of these main characters don't pretend to be someone they're not, they are honest about things, everything is out in the open now.

I felt like the length of the book was perfect for Dean and Emma's story.  It wasn't a story that needed to be dragged out or explored indepthly...it just was.

There are a lot of secondary characters in Don't Walk Away with sub plots and various POV's being told.  I'd recommend reading the first two books in this series first to understand them all.  I liked the connection between all the characters and their friendship.  The opening of Don't Walk Away was just as fun as the ending!

With a mix of humor, love, and real life, I'd recommend Don't Walk Away to any romance reader who likes a lot of heat between characters looking for a second chance at love together.

4/5 stars

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