Friday, May 27, 2016

Someone Like You--Victoria Bylin--Book Review--And Giveaway

                                                    Someone Like You
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         I would have bought this one because of the cover!
Speaks 'Dreamy' to me.  This is probably the best cover I've seen all year.  
                      The inside's not too shabby either.  

What it's about . . . (provided by Litfuse)
Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.
A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.
With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?
And I thought . . . 
The story was almost as dreamy as the cover. This was just a fun read.   Complete with two romances!
 To me it wasn't the typical romance kind of story where the couple slowly gets together and then drama tears them apart and then they get back together at the end.  
Zeke and Julia were a couple during their college years.  Julia broke off their relationship and ended up with Hunter Zeke's nemesis from college 
Whoa.  A bit awkward when they meet again and still have feelings for each other some 5 or so years later.  Especially since Julia has a son. 
As Zeke and Julia both struggle with work related situations. Julia has a brand new business as an event planner.  Zeke is managing a resort that's seen better days. 
Zeke and Julia join forces as Julia plans a wedding for the resort owners that are considering selling Julia struggles with dealing with her son's father Hunter.  Who is a piece of work!  I had a difficult time with the relationship and character of the father.  Mostly because it was too close to home.  (Hunter was out of touch with reality and didn't have any parenting skills!) 
All the while Zeke is struggling with keeping the resorts doors open.  Fighting his feelings for Julia.  And struggling with his feelings about God.
While all this is going on Julia's widowed mother becomes involved with the owner of the resort where Zeke and Julia are working. 
Someone Like You is filled with not only sweet romance (no bedroom scenes) but struggles with faith, forgiveness and redemption.  
And there's some humor too.  A terrorizing goat named Lady Bug that wrecks havoc for Chet the grizzled old Cow Hand.  
The pace was steady and the story kept me interested from page one all the way to the end making this a 5 star book!
Here's a little about the author . . .Victoria Bylin
Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.
Find out more about Victoria at http://www.victoriabylin.com
I received a complimentary copy of Someone Like You from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 
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