Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: "Unsettled" by S.C. Ellington

After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted…until he wasn’t. In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington, D.C. where she folds into the fast-paced society unnoticed…until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton. Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenseless against Logan’s confidence and charm—and it doesn’t hurt that he is absurdly beautiful. As much as Logan didn’t plan on pursuing her, he is drawn to Brooklyn’s muted beauty and her witty persona. For all his success, Logan is ensnared in the coveted world of unequivocal wealth and power, but behind closed doors is taunted by demons and an undeniable need to atone for a monumental mistake. As the two embark on a tumultuous obstacle course saturated with unknown twists and turns, Brooklyn is left to question whether she can endure the journey ahead.
 Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to review an ARC of this book.

Unfortunately, this book ended up just being okay for me.  There was nothing memorable or to recommend.  I found myself constantly checking to see how many pages were left and wanting to put it aside to read other books.

We have the typical Cinderella story: handsome, rich boy meets average, somewhat down-on-her-luck girl.  He pursues her and tries to woo her, but since she's been burned so harshly in the past, she tries (in vain) to resist his charms.  She often wonders what he sees in her, and I think part of my problem with this book is that I wonder what he sees in her, too.  Brooklyn, while I didn't despise her, had nothing to really draw me in and make me like her.  Aside from her photography, she was quite dull.

Not only did I have a hard time connecting and relating to the characters, but I thought the writing was off as well.  The wording seemed to be forced and contrived, making it very awkward to read in spots.

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