Author: Ariadne Wayne
Published: February 21st 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Olivia Grant’s husband left her and their two children without even a backward glance. In an attempt to find herself, she turns to an old love. Writing.
Publishing erotic novels in secret, she finds a muse in her neighbour and friend, Logan. She’s not his type, but Logan makes her burn with the desire she conveys in her novels. When her secret is exposed, Logan feels betrayed and used. More than anything, Olivia needs to regain his trust and prove to him that what they have is something real.
Features characters from the first two books in the series, but is a complete standalone.
When you pick up a book after reading the synopsis, you expect the story to stick to it for the most part. Sure, there may be some slight variations, or a twist thrown in there, but you anticipate a certain kind of story. So when you read the book and it doesn't have the conflict you expect, it kinda causes a little bit of confusion.
While Olivia does write and publish books and Logan finds out about it, that isn't the story. There is barely any "conflict" in the story... it's more like an extended love story with a couple speedbumps along the way. I don't want to be all spoilery, but I feel like I have to explain this since it's my main concern. They meet, become friends, they flirt, her secret is revealed, he's upset... then they talk and it becomes a love story. Literally the last half is their love story. There's no real complications along the way, aside from run-ins with her husband (they couldn't get divorced right away), and seeing her mom for the first time since she was kicked out after getting pregnant.
Something Real was a sweet story. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I feel sort of thrown because the synopsis left so much out. It was nice that it wasn't full of angst or unnecessary drama. I wish that there was more build-up, not that there had to be conflict, it just felt like something was missing. Everything fell together almost too perfectly, too easily, if that makes any sense. Still a good story for those who love to read love stories with little conflict.