Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Random Release . . . Snapdragon by Kilby Blades


Kilby Blades
Erotic & Contemporary Romance
289 pages 



The rules are simple: unattached companionship, toe-curling sex and a clean break whenever it ends. Darby’s groundbreaking medical research will launch her into career stardom. Michael’s status as an architectural wunderkind will send him to a far-flung locale. Either one can say the single word that will break it off: Snapdragon.

But soul-deep sex is just the beginning. Michael becomes a fierce ally against her misogynist boss, a light to chase away the shadow of her notorious father, and the antidote to her crushing loneliness. But choosing love over ambition is the one thing she promised herself she would never do. And Darby must fight hard not to fall in love. 


My Review:

**4.5 stars**
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

The opening scene of this book literally had me cringing! I kept thinking please don't let this be one of those wasn't!

This is my first book by Kilby Blades and I must admit, it was quite enjoyable. It told the story of an unconventional relationship between Michael and Darby (I should point out that I kept wanting to call the character Kilby instead of Darby, no idea why), but it was a relationship that worked perfectly for them. This book made me question what truly defines a relationship, what makes a relationship? Why does society get to determine instead of the people who are actually in that relationship. I loved that they forged their own path and defined what they wanted and made the absolute best of it.

It takes talent to make a book that isn't a suspense or thriller actually feel like one and maybe it was my own personal doing, but that's what this book felt like to me. Not because of the things that actually happened, but because of what I thought would happen. I kept thinking, "oh, this is going to end soooo bad." I liked that Michael was the epitome of a true gentleman, more so than Darby was used to when it was her who grew up with the "high society." Her father is a politician - dirty, of course, and he plays a huge role in their relationship even though he shouldn't. I loved their honesty with each other and absolutely no judgement - Michael has some skeletons that quite a few women would run from.

I didn't like the designer label dropping. It wasn't excessive, but it's something that always gets me. Just give me the description of how beautiful the clothes are, I don't care who designed them. There were a few times when I felt disconnected from the characters because their lives were so far removed from my own. If I have to give this book one true flaw it would be that. I enjoy books with rich people, but I want to be able to connect to them on a deeper level and there were times where I kept thinking these characters are entirely too perfect. Yes, they had their flaws, but every little good nugget had some sort of attachment to it (like the Sundance Film Festival; they could have just gone and enjoyed it, that seemed relatable, but then it came out that Darby was a producer to one of the films - took me completely out of it).

Overall, Kilby has a new fan and I can't wait to read Chrysalis and get Michael's POV and more of that ridiculous sweet tooth of his!

Meet Kilby:

A business executive by day, a writer of smart contemporary fiction by night, a lover of words and an admirer of the artists who arrange them cleverly. These days, most of what I read is on audiobook (because, whose hands are free long enough to turn pages?) I'm the mother of two, an oenophile, a cinephile, and above all else, a hopeless fic fiend.

Prior to writing original fiction, I was a well-known fanfic author. My stories that remain published were read more than 1.5 million times, were favorited more than 6,000 times, were reviewed more than 4,200 times and were followed more than 4,600 times.

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