ARC Book Review – The Echoes of Love

Posted January 2, 2014 by Kathy in 1.0 Stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

ARC Book Review – The Echoes of LoveThe Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding
Published by London Wall Publishing on December 6, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 360
Source: Netgalley
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one-star

Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love.

Seduction, passion and secrets...

Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother's architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone.

Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can't help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them.

When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them.

Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo's carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

 

My Review 

When I found this book on Netgalley I was so excited to read it!  The book is set in Venice, Italy, one of the most romantic cities in the world and on my list of dream vacations.  But I really was disappointed with the story.  The first half of the book bored me.  When Venetia Aston-Montagu was a teenager she had her heartbroken from her first love. Fast forward 10 years and we meet a successful Venetia who is still suffering from her heart break. Venetia meets Italian playboy Paolo Barone but fights her attraction and his romantic advances.  At times she was mean and cold-hearted to Paolo due to her past. I understand her first romance ended tragically but to hold on to that pain for 10 years and to have it mentioned over and over again in the book just bothered me.  I wanted to scream “get over it” already!!

Not only did the story move slowly but the author spent too much time over describing scenes.  The descriptions of the food and furniture lost me, so at times I skipped paragraphs just so the story moved on. The book felt more like a travel guide than a romance story.

But 75% into the story it finally got interesting.  The author finally adds some excitement to the story but when we finally discover Paolo’s secret the book ends, just like that! I think the final admission spread out into a couple of pages at the end of the book! I was thinking WTF happened??

The author is a good writer (I saw no problem with grammar or sentence structure). I just wish she had taken a different direction with this book. If you are looking for a guide on Italy then this is the book for you.  But if you want a romance story then you should skip this!

Rating Report
Plot
half-star
Characters
half-star
Writing
one-star
Pacing
half-star
Overall: one-star

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