In Review: All the Way (Romancing Manhattan #1) by Kristen Proby

Posted August 26, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: All the Way (Romancing Manhattan #1) by Kristen ProbyAll the Way by Kristen Proby
Series: Romancing Manhattan #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 21, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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Finn Cavanaugh is known for being a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He owns a successful law firm with his brother and brother-in-law in Manhattan. On the rare occasion that he has down time, he spends it at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. But when Finn’s troubled niece goes to stay with him for the summer in Martha’s Vineyard, he’s reluctant to take time off from work. That is, until he meets his beautiful new neighbor, London.

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ndon Watson is a Tony Award winning actress on Broadway. When tragedy strikes her family, leaving her alone and injured, she flees Manhattan for Martha’s Vineyard. Hoping she can figure out how to pick up the pieces of her life, London is convinced that she’ll never be able to return to the stage. But when she meets the charming young girl next door and her sexy uncle, they soon lure London out of her shell as she finally begins to heal from the wounds of her past.

But when London feels confident enough to return to the spotlight, she’s dealt another devastating blow. Will the newfound love between London and Finn be enough to conquer all? Or will it be over before it has a chance to grow…?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I had my eye on All the Way as soon as I saw the gorgeous cover. I can’t even lie. Of course, I also adore Kristen Proby’s books, so I was interested in seeing what she’d give us next. If I’m honest, it didn’t grab me quite the way some of her books have in the past, but I still enjoyed it. I went back and forth on my rating for this book a few times. It seemed like more than a 3 star book, but not quite a 4 star book. (Darn you, half stars!) But after reflecting for a few days, I decided to bump it up to 4 stars.

All the Way was a quick and steamy read. I liked both Finn and London and enjoyed following their story, as unconventionally as it started off. There was a great push and pull between them, with him wanting to help/fix everything and her determined to do it for herself. They had tons of chemistry and I liked how things progressed between them. I especially appreciated that London wasn’t a doormat when Finn had his more overbearing moments. He was a good and swoony guy overall, but he did frustrate me sometimes.

I enjoyed the romance and some of the familial aspects of this book. Finn’s niece Gabby was a great addition to the story and, through her, we saw another side of Finn. Plus, she and London struck up a bit of a friendship I think both of them needed. The entire situation with London and her brother was baffling to me. I mean, obviously they didn’t have a relationship. But why initially? I get that he was an addict, but I feel like there was some backstory missing. His presence in the story felt merely like a plot point until nearly the very end when the truth was revealed. He wasn’t a good person, but I wish I knew more about how they got to the point they were at.

All that said, I did enjoy this sexy little read. The Martha’s Vineyard setting was painted so brilliantly I felt like I was right there with them. I enjoyed the surprises and suspense wrapped up in the romance. The characters were interesting and mostly likable and relatively easy to root for. I think All the Way kicked off the Romancing Manhattan in a strong way. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes next.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“You can’t control the storm, London. It’s going to happen whether you’re scared, or not. But you can calm yourself in it. That’s the trick.”

“I love you, more than I ever thought it was possible to love another person. It seems that you came crashing into my life in one big, magical storm, and I can’t remember what it was like before you.”

About Kristen Proby

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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