on January 30, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Famous, Forbidden, Romance
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Every girl has dreams of meeting Prince Charming, or at least I know I did.
A fairy tale-like meeting of love at first sight.Real life and fairy tales are very different.
I’m just a small town Indiana girl that had a chance encounter with one of Hollywood’s golden boys. You may think you know where this story goes—not even close.
Life is different. Marriage is hard. It’s even worse when you’re strangers.
The beginning of the novel was fairly predictable and cute, I mean, based on how much you can predict from that vague synopsis! LOL. I’ll give you one hint though: Vegas, baby! But it almost felt sort of whimsical and fairytale like. Every girl wants to be swept off her feet by a charming prince, so why couldn’t this happen to Wren? The one thing that felt really off to me though was Karen’s response. I mean come on, who does this? Who thinks this way?
So want to know a little secret about me? Large age gaps in novels (and in theory, real life too) kind of freak me out. Like, I cringe. So with this story, you bet yourself I had a good little cringe! But then something different happened. After a few moments of uncomfortableness, it started to fade and I was actually doing okay. Reading about these two and how their relationship was building made it work for me. These two made sense together.
After the first little bump in the road, I love love loved how sweet and tender Weston was to Wren. This situation could’ve gotten messy, quite quickly and he was nothing but completely supportive and caring for her. He seemed like not only a good guy, but you could just tell that he was going to be so good for her. Wren’s little freak outs were completely justifiable and seemed normal to me, but Weston took it all in stride and helped her along, life a good husband should, of course!
“How do you feel about this?” I asked. I knew my feelings, and even with my nerves and fear, I really liked Weston.
“Do you think I regret this? I thought I’d been pretty obvious regarding how I feel about you.”
“But your brother . . .”
“He hasn’t seen what I see every day when I’m with you. An intelligent, strong, caring, beautiful woman. That’s what you are, and as you get older I can only see those qualities getting better. They’re reasons I didn’t want to let you go.”
Conversations with Sophie and Julia surfaced, and I couldn’t stop myself. “That, and I’m a normal, average girl?”
His gaze didn’t waver, didn’t falter. “That’s one of my favorite parts about you.”
“I’m not a Hollywood girl.”
“And I don’t want a Hollywood girl. I want happiness. For once I want to be truly happy. I want something real.”
So you know how everyone has those certain tropes that they shy away from? The ones that they aren’t a fan of and just prefer to not read? Yeah… For me that trope is BDSM. If possible, I’d avoid it. And I had absolutely no possible reason to think that I would be reading about it. The first few love scenes were fantastic and well written (not to say the others were, just not my cup of tea.), but then something weird happened. The characters all took a weird turn into BDSM land. Completely randomly. Then they’d leave. And later revisit. I just didn’t get it! I understand spicing up sex scenes but really didn’t find this necessary. I don’t believe a hero can change back and forth that quickly.
I like how it’s not just a happy go lucky romance novel with a conflict near the end and then an HEA. These two had an unconventional story and an unconventional love. They did things differently. I loved when we got to the angst and the tough parts because marriage IS tough! It’s a partnership and you have to work through it together.
“I’m just a girl, sitting on a man’s lap, and asking him to love her.”
This book got messy, and it got messy a lot faster than you might expect it to! It’s far from your normal romance story and the author treats it as such. This entire segment felt so important to the story and it was incredibly well portrayed, I can’t stress that enough. Marriage isn’t always the good times, so I loved seeing how these two acted, reacted, and conquered the bad as well.
“There was no movement, no more talking. He just sat there. My eyes were closed, but I would bet money he was staring at me, wondering what happened to his baby girl. She woke up, no longer in Oz.”
Now don’t fret, because even after all of this, the story doesn’t slow down! The drama that came after this was fantastic and I love how the characters faced it head on. It was well done, they worked as a team and strengthened their bond in the process. This section also added a nice mystery element to the book in which the characters had to solve what was actually happened, why it was happening, and how to stop it.
I’m a little surprised that I’m saying this but the pacing was excellent and the story flowed really well. When I first opened my kindle app and had a copy of Becoming Mrs. Lockwood, my face blanched. Seriously, it’s almost ten thousand locations on the kindle and I was only a minute or two away from freaking out! I didn’t know how I was suppose to read all of this so quickly in between other books but do not fear, it not only moves quickly, but you’re so immersed in the story it doesn’t even feel like time is passing. Thankfully too, it didn’t take as long to read as I feared it would. On a side note, I would happy read this story again, despite the length. It’s SO good.
“Sometime around midnight I felt arms wrap around me and warmth surround me. He placed kisses on my temple, neck, and shoulder while whispering that he was home and how much he’d missed me. Only then, with Weston beside me, was I truly home and able to fall into a deep slumber.”
Every good story needs a great group of supporting characters too, especially after the type of situation Wren and Weston found themselves in and KI Lynn doesn’t disappoint! Daniel, Charlotte and Julia were all such solid assets to the lives of the main characters, I don’t think they would’ve done so well without them. Even by the end I was on Team Miles and Team Aaron too. It’s crazy how love will bring people around.
“Aaron, she’s been here for two months now. If she hasn’t fallen for your charms yet, I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Logan said with a shake of his head. “Plus, she has a boyfriend. And I’m much better looking than you. If anything, she would want me over you.”
“Are not!” Aaron protested.
“Dude,” Logan scoffed and gestured to his face. “Teen People’s top twenty-one hottest stars under twenty-one—number four.”
Is it crazy that I want this to become a movie or a TV show or something? This is the first time I’ve ever read a story and wished to see it play out in real life. It’s the type of story and written in such a way that you can practically picture it playing out in your mind, seeing how everyone reacts and moves. I would binge watch this in a heartbeat!
Just a few songs that came to mind while reading. All either had to deal with a certain scene, theme, or emotional state and I think they all work pretty well.
– I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
– Say Something by a A Great Big World
– By Now by Marianas Trench
The beginning and the middle of the story were big selling points for me. We get a great hook, instant chemistry, tons of emotions, a protective hero, and all the other good stuff, but then the story just sort of stopped progressing at 80%. Was the rest really necessary? I feel like it could’ve been condensed into two or three chapters and we could just call it a day. I kept waiting for something to happen but then nothing important did. Condensing is a big issue these days I’m finding and if there’s anything I can say, it’s figure out exactly what’s important and stick to it.
The epilogue… Wasn’t my favourite. I wasn’t a fan of how it was broken into three different segments and switched POV in the middle of it. I think this added some unnecessary confusion and ultimately the epilogue should’ve just been one POV, in one time frame. But this also falls into the ending needing to be shortened. So other than this and the random trip to BDSM land (again, personal preference), — which are both minor grievances in my opinion — I LOVED this book!! Seriously, I’m going to be purchasing a paperback copy for my bookshelf when it goes live. <3 I need some Weston and Wren to hold in my hands.
Super excited to read more from this author! The writing totally transported me into the story and I was captivated. Other than sleep and work, I could NOT put this story down! Laundry? Who cares. Food? Who needs it? I needed to finish this book and know what happened all the while falling in love with it in the process.
*An ARC was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.