London Bound by Amy Daws
Published by Stars Hollow Publishing on May 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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***After falling in love with "us" in the first two installments of the London Lovers Series, now...it's Leslie's turn in this spicy series stand alone.***
When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can't get any more pathetic.
She's done with men.
She doesn't need them.
She especially doesn't need their muscular thighs.
No siree, she's going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive "Theo" who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub.
Keep telling yourself that, Lez.....
Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she'll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he's managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned.
He wants more.
She wants to run.
But he can’t seem to let her go.
Both of them have a past—and neither want to share.
How can love possibly survive in darkness?
This was my first by Amy Daws. I really enjoyed her quirky, witty humor. I even enjoyed her writing style. Seeing as this is book three in a series, I will go back and pick up the first, two. There are a lot of different characters in London Bound and I’d like to officially meet them in the previous books. I think a lot of what I liked about this particular story was all those side characters. Each of them were very different yet they all got along and play significant roles in each others lives. It definitely takes on that “Friends” feel.
I did laugh out loud quite a bit reading London Bound. There are some really great moments. However, there are also some very sad moments. Even moments I never saw coming. I think the plot worked well for Leslie and Theo’s story. Not sure I understood relationship between the two however. Leslie was totally against having any sort of relationship romantic or otherwise with Theo. Theo was relentless and I found him kind of creepy. He wasn’t exactly a stalker but when he did show up he was very intense, very very intense.
Once we get to know Theo, things sort of calmed down for me. I didn’t find him creepy at all. It was just the beginning stages of their relationship that really threw me. Theo actually is quite sweet, sexy, and dare I say unassuming after all the creepy vibes? I liked him quite a lot all things considered. He has some really hard issues at play and once all is revealed it makes sense why he acted the way he did.
Leslie on the other hand was a confusing character for me. I loved her interactions with her friends, especially Frank. Some of my favorite moments from the book are Leslie’s scenes with him. He adds some much needed fun moments from angsty plot. Leslie’s behavior during one particular scene was so outlandish it totally threw me off. It was embarrassing, childish, petty, I could go on and on. I didn’t understand why her character had to go to that extreme. Even though she makes amends later, I still felt that it was a little much.
I’m wondering if it’s just me, but I really felt like London Bound had some pieces that reminded me a lot of This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas. There were “reminder fucks” and Theo’s extreme obsessive chasing of Leslie. Also Leslie’s very strong stance on NOT dating Theo. She ran as much as he chased. Theo has a very dark secretive background. Leslie is in design. I don’t know there were just some similarities that made it even harder for me to connect with, as far as Theo and Leslie were concerned.
I think overall this was an enjoyable read. I’m sure many readers will love Theo and adore Frank!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
“I think you need a spruce, Lez,” he states deadpan.
“A spruce? And what the hell does that entail?”
“Like a spa visit?” Angela asks excitedly.
“Not a spa exactly. More like…a cleanse.” Frank fixes a salacious grin on me as he appears excited for what he has in mind. I squirm, feeling nervous about where the hell this is going.
“I’ve done cleanses before, they are miserable,” Angela says, dramatically raising her glass and taking a drink.
“This is a different kind of cleanse. It could be miserable for Leslie, but I know many mates who would bloody love it.”
“What’s involved?” I ask warily. Why the hell would I agree to something that might make me miserable?
“It’s…what I would call…a seven-step program. You have to follow all of the steps in order to gain the maximum benefits and achieve full happiness. Do you agree to it?”
“Agree to what? To doing this crazy cleanse that I have no clue what’s even involved? Absolutely not! I can’t even drink black coffee, Frank. If this cleanse drink tastes disgusting, I can’t do it.”
“Nothing will taste disgusting on this cleanse, I assure you,” he replies cryptically.
“I don’t know.”
“You need this, Leslie. You’ve been in a funk ever since Finley got engaged to that sex monster, Brody.”
I blanch. Frank has a huge man-crush on Brody. It all started when he got a full-frontal Magic Mike image of Brody and Finley one morning at the house. Brody’s a good-looking guy, don’t get me wrong. But I see him more like a brother.
“So, this cleanse you’re suggesting will get me out of this funk?”
“Without question,” Frank says, and turns his wide brown eyes on me. He’s sincere. I can see it in his demeanor. He genuinely wants me to do this.
“I’m not interested in a boyfriend, Frank. I don’t want a relationship.”
“That’s not what this is about. I promise.”
I smirk sneakily and Frank jumps up thrusting his hands into the air in victory, knocking his chair down in the meantime. Several people gawk at his obnoxious display.
Holy balls. This is Frank. What have I gotten myself into?