Friday, December 13, 2013

REVIEW: Slide (Broken #1) by Michelle Congdon

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature situations, sexual content and language*** 

New Adult Contemporary 

After surviving a horrific car accident twelve years ago, that claimed the lives of her mother and brother, heiress to the multi-billion dollar Montgomery Empire, Evangeline, promised never to go back to the city filled with memories of her tragic past. However, after an unexpected event, Evangeline reluctantly finds herself back in New York City.

Since the accident, Evangeline has feared the media attention that comes with having the Montgomery name, and would give everything up to bring back her loved ones. Delicate and camera shy, the last person she needs in her life is New York Yankees hotshot, Ryan Fox.

Witty and extremely arrogant, the notorious bad boy is well-versed at playing the game both on and off the field. Ryan isn't fazed by the media circus following his every move and couldn't be anymore different to the quiet, shy girl that is Evangeline. Everything about him screams trouble with a capital T, but it’s away from the cameras that Evangeline begins to see the real man hiding behind the cocky façade— one that is haunted by a dark and terrible secret.

Life led them to one another, but will further events and opening up about their past bring them closer, or tear them apart and have them sliding into darkness all over again?


My Thoughts:

If Ryan Fox decides he wants you. he isn't going to let you off so easily. What Ryan Fox wants, Ryan Fox gets.

Books that contain sportsman are on my list of books that I love to read. Sport is one of the few constants in my life. I love it. So when I read the synopsis for Slide and saw that our male lead was a baseball player I jumped at the chance to review it. Baseball is not one of our most popular sports here in Australia, or if is it's not reached my radar as yet. But I wasn't about to let that stop me. And Slide doesn't bombard you with baseball slang or the complexities of the sport, making it an easy and enjoyable read.

Ryan Fox is used to woman throwing themselves at him. He can have any woman he wants and usually does. He's never been in a serious relationship. They're just not for him. That is until a chance meeting with Evangeline Montgomery. Both having well known names, Ryan lives his life in the public eye, where Evangeline does everything possible to stay hidden from their scrutiny. 

Both of these characters have things in their past that haunt them. Things that have made them the people that they are today. They're not looking for someone to save them. They just try to get through each day as best as they can. But love has a way of finding you when you aren't even looking for it. Love can heal. Love can accept. And love can make your demons a little bit easier to carry, with the help of some acceptance. How will they handle the secrets that they are each carrying around?

Slide was quite a steady paced read. There wasn't action and drama on every page but it built at a nice, even pace, building in intensity towards the end third of the book. I felt that the story lost it's way a little bit at about two thirds of the way through and I was left a little bit perplexed by some of the thoughts and decisions of Evangeline. It's really hard to discuss what was happening without giving away spoilers, since it's such a huge part of the story, but I found myself constantly questioning her choices. Then I found myself wondering why Ryan didn't fight harder. He just seemed to give up.

Evangeline had moments of being shy and reserved, but cocky and confident Ryan knew how to bring out Evangeline's more assertive side. Attracted to each other from the get go, they had some really hot and steamy moments. Any great love story has hurdles to overcome and Ryan and Evangeline have their fair share. Will the demons from their past and the choices that they make for the future allow them to forge a life together? 

Likeable characters and an easy writing style made this an enjoyable read. Personally, there were periods when I didn't quite feel the connection between the characters, but then there were other times when it was so perfect.  But the angst and drama throughout the story kept me interested. 

3/5 Stars

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