Sunday, 10 September 2017

'That Kind of Love' by Lorna Baldwin: A Book Review

He's gonna (spring) break my heart.

Lars Spencer is bad news incarnate. Too handsome for his own good, too rich to comprehend, and way too close to home. The last time I saw him, his brother was marrying my best friend. And that night, he proved that his playboy ways know no limits. He’s a pig, and I’m saving myself for a prince. I have no business crushing on him...but my silly, stubborn heart didn't get the memo.

So when we end up on the same Spring Break booze cruise, I make myself a promise: we'll just be friends. No matter what. Even if he makes me laugh. Even if he actually listens to me when I talk. Even if he makes my heart race and my body tingle. Because I know how he treats women, and I know I wouldn’t survive the Spencer treatment.

Then again, this trip is supposed to be about pushing my boundaries, letting go, and facing my fears. Trust me on this: loving Lars Spencer is downright terrifying.
Is he really changing his ways, or am I just cruising for trouble?

Note: I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. 

There's just something about playboy billionaire romances, isn't there? Maybe it's the whole redemption factor, or the usual enemies-to-lovers trope that I absolutely adore, or maybe it's just because playboy billionaires are - let's face it - extremely attractive. 

Either way, That Kind of Love follows a similar storyline: girl meets billionaire playboy, they start off on the wrong note, eventually fall in love, but his billionaire status makes things difficult. There's a little twist in there that makes things slightly different, though, which I loved.

What I liked best about That Kind of Love is the way the book is written. It's light-hearted and funny, like most other romances out there, but also has two POVs, of Lars and Imani (although the blurb makes it seem as though it's all Imani), with the voices so distinct that you can really tell which protagonist is telling the story without even reading the title of the chapter. 

There are plenty of LOL moments that absolutely made me love Lars's character (I have a soft spot for bad boy billionaires in any case, but still), and the way the love scenes between Lars and Imani are written is electrifying. Their chemistry is wonderful, and that's one of the things that carried me through the novel.
His hand crawled across the seat until it found mine, fingers twining together like an exotic, unique, one-of-a-kind type of lace. Something fragile, something that needed to be taken care of. Something to be treasured. There was a four-letter word on my tongue, and it wasn't the kind that would get me in trouble with Mom.

That being said, the supporting characters didn't seem to have much to do, apart from one or two. There wasn't any subplot involving any of them, which is probably because this is a short novel and there isn't much time to delve deep into their lives. That's fine, but I was still looking forward to something more. 

Speaking of something more, there was definitely something... missing from the novel. I can't put my finger on it, but the first half didn't make me squeal as much as I'd expected it to. The second half made up for the slow start, for sure, but even then, the book and the characters didn't resonate with me so much. 

The punctuation was a little off in some places, and that kind of jarred me. But hey, proofreading is a tricky job sometimes. I'll let it slide. 

However, I did enjoy reading this book, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to.
I thought of the whales, singing to each other, searching for each other. And us. And how maybe we didn't need to search anymore.
I'm going to go with 3.5 stars out of 5 for this one. 

That Kind of Love is funny, charming and romantic, just like its protagonist Lars, but leaves you wishing for and wanting a little more when you finally close the book and let out a breath.

Are you planning on picking this book up, Geeks? If you've already read it, comment down below and let me know your thoughts. And authors, if you want me to review your book, email me here!

See you soon, Geeks. :)

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