Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: One King's Way by Samantha Young

Publication Date: November 3rd 2015 by InterMix
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.
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….

Praise for the On Dublin Street series
“Really sexy.”—USA Today
“Young writes stories that stay with you long after you flip that last page.”—Under the Covers
My Thoughts:
Rain has been frequenting Club 39, hoping to meet up with her sister, Darcy’s ex-boyfriend, and make him pay for the pain he put her through.  She plans to seduce and then humiliate him, but Craig, the sexy bartender and his magnetic pull distracts her from her mission. 

Craig has never had the desire to be in a serious relationship, flirting and hooking up has satisfied his cravings up to this point. That’s until he lays eyes on Rain Alexander.  She’s the epitome of a 1940s pinup girl, gorgeous with sexy curves, and he can’t stop drooling over her. Rain brushes off his advances, but Craig can’t let her be.  When he finds out the reason for her hanging around the bar, he’s determined to foil Rain’s ridiculous revenge plot.

I can appreciate Rain’s motives, who doesn’t want to exact revenge on the jerk who humiliates your sister?  Yet, I don’t think trying to seduce your sister’s ex as part of that scheme would make any sister happy.  What rational thinking woman would come up with that kind of plan? I found it a bit unbelievable, and I don’t really care for revenge plots, anyhow.  I mean, yeah, thinking of revenge, ways to make a creep pay, sounds satisfying, but actually going through with it? To me it’s a waste of time and energy.  The best revenge is living well.  On top of that, Darcy wasn’t even in the picture until the end, so I never felt a strong sisterly bond that would make the emotions behind Rain’s intentions feel real for me. 

I never really connected with or actually liked Rain, so I found it hard to believe that Craig would be any more than superficially attracted to her.  Craig didn’t really push my buttons either, I mean I liked that he was devoted to his mother and sisters, and I definitely liked him more than Rain, but there wasn’t really anything that made me swoon.  

I’m a huge fan of Samantha Young’s writing. Her romances usually have my emotions running from one extreme to another, all the while lighting my panties on fire, but I just couldn’t drum up much enthusiasm for this romance.  I don’t expect to love every book from a particular author, so I’m just going to consider this a fluke; an exception to Ms. Young’s usually brilliant work. 

2 Suns

1 comment:

  1. I've only read the first book in this series -- I liked it but it was so hyped that I haven't read any of the other books yet. I have some serious catching up to do! Great review Rachel!!