Sunday, May 22, 2016

{Book Review} Finding London by Ellie Wade

Finding London by Ellie Wade
Published: April 25th, 2016
Series: Flawed Heart #1
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 307

London Wright thought she’d been in love before, but she hadn’t—not even close.

Then she met him.

Rugged and gorgeous, Loïc Berkeley, a special forces soldier is everything she’s ever wanted. Getting him to notice her was a challenge, but keeping his love is proving to be more difficult.

London’s used to getting what she wants so loving someone like Loïc is a humbling and somewhat terrifying experience. For everything she has in her life, he’s the one thing she can’t bear to lose.

Loïc Berkeley never wanted love. He views it as an unneeded distraction that causes nothing but pain. Love, for Loïc, always ends in disappointment.

Then he met her.

Spoiled, witty, and breathtakingly beautiful London Wright is his undoing. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew his life would never be the same. Though he tries to fight it, he finds himself falling for her.

Having lived a life full of sorrow, finding London brought Loïc rare happiness. Though his feelings for her are strong, is what they have powerful enough to break the cycle of his past?

When one is destined for heartbreak and loss, can love really change anything?

This book cover is absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately, I didn’t fell the same about the story.  Lately, I have been reading a lot of NA romance books, which has defiantly made me raise the bar when it comes to rating these types of books and this one fell short.  I constantly found myself becoming bored and not connecting with the characters or romance.  I actually ended up skimming the last half of the book, but didn’t feel like I missed out on anything because the story felt very superficial. 

I thought the writing was average, but there were quite a few sentences that stood out for being written beautifully.  I had high expectations for this book when I began reading because it seemed deep and interesting, but soon I became bored with the plot.  It seemed like nothing actually happened in the book.  The internal thoughts of the characters were extremely repetitive…rehashing the same problem over and over and over again.  I will say that there was a pretty surprising plot twist near the end of the book that did peak my interest, but overall, I thought the story line was easily forgettable.

I really did not like the characters from this book.  I absolutely did not like London.  She was not relatable and had absolutely no character growth.  I wish that there would have been more of a back story on London to make her feel more dimensional, instead of a cardboard cutout from a typical NA novel.  I also was not impressed with the side characters.  Instead of driving the plot forward, it felt like they were just thrown in the story.  I do have to say that I did enjoy Loïc.  I really enjoyed reading the chapters that were from Loïc’s past.  It made him feel more dynamic and helped explain his actions to the reader.

I might have forgiven some of the character flaws, but it was the romance that really made me dislike this book.  The romance felt very generic and superficial.  I did not feel any connection between London and Loïc.  It felt like their romance bloomed out of nothing and I am not fond of insta-love.  I am somewhat intrigued about where the second book's plot is going to go with the way things left off, but it is not enough to push me to pick it up.

Overall, I did not enjoy this book, however, it does seem to have goo reviews on Goodreads.  I do not plan on picking up the second book in this series, but may see if there are other books from Wade that I may like.


“You are my London, my safe place.  You rescued me, made me happy.  You are so much more than the women I love.  You are my entire destination.  Where ever you are is where I’m meant to be.  I was never meant to make it to some fantastical place overseas, made up from a little boy’s imagination.  My entire journey has been steering me toward you.  It has always been you.” -82%

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