Series: 30 Days #1
Published by Writer's Edge Publishing on December 2, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle Purchase
Abused by her husband. Dealing with the loss of her only sister. A suicide attempt that doesn’t end in death and a husband who wants her inheritance. Elle’s life is a catastrophe. But she has a list and thirty things she’s determined to accomplish. Love isn't on that list but it comes crashing unexpectedly into her life.
Boxing coach and personal trainer at the gym he co-owns, Colin’s content with his life. Until a chance meeting with a woman eating alone at a restaurant sets his heart in motion. As secrets unveil themselves his only goal becomes holding on to what he’s found.
First of all, I didn’t realize 30 Days wasn’t a standalone so when I got near the end and things weren’t wrapping up, I was a little disappointed. But then I’m gonna get more of Elle and Colin and that’s probably a good thing. 😉 I’m hooked. The premise is good and I like the characters. There is some unevenness at times but I liked that Larsen kept me guessing. I hope to get the second, and last, book read sooner than later.
The gist of the story is that Elle is hiding, having escaped a very bad situation. She’s holed up in a place where she dreamed of living, seaside, and is trying to figure out what comes next. Elle’s also working at accomplishing a list – kinda like a bucket list – she and her sister devised. She meets Colin, a man with whom she has an immediate connection. As they spend time together and grow closer, her life becomes even more complicated.
The story is told from both past and present, the present being over the course of 30 days. It’s primarily from Elle’s POV (all the past is) with a few glimpses into Colin’s head via his POV.
I liked the story – it has a Sleeping with the Enemy vibe – and have to come to care about Elle and Colin. It did feel like some things were conveyed a bit melodramatically. That doesn’t mean I felt that the delivery detracted from Elle’s experiences because I understand how they would have affected her. It’s that more could have been said to make the conveyance more powerful. The portion where Elle’s building her new life was exciting. I enjoyed her budding relationship with Colin and his friends as well as Jenna. The way Elle’s list brought them all together was a nice touch. And witnessing Elle and Colin’s burgeoning feelings was heartwarming.
I knew when things weren’t tying up that the other shoe was about to drop. It did and it was quite a doozy ending with a cliffhanger. That doesn’t typically bother me and really only did in this instance because I wasn’t prepared not knowing that 30 Days wasn’t standalone. I hope to read Committed soon so I can see how everything wraps up.