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Monogamy Book One: Lover Victoria Sobolev 4* #Review @LoveBooksGroup #lovebooksgroup #Romance #fiction #BookReview #BlogTour #Monogamy #Lover #soulmates #onelifeonelove

Nothing is as it seems at first sight. Feelings are laid bare. There is no black and white. There is no right. And the wrong feels too good to be trusted.

People think that Alex was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, not only rich, but blessed by luck. Men respect him, women dream of him, and Alex alone knows the strength it takes to conceal his tortured soul and devastating secrets.

But despite those powerful life lessons, he has always believed in his father’s words, ‘When you fall in love, you love forever – it’s in our family blood. Look for HER and you’ll find your happiness beyond thought…’

Valeria has never experienced actual romance (an early pregnancy, a hasty marriage, a life filled with work and study) and considers herself a pragmatist. She was taught to live by the rules: if you get married, then you love your husband; if you dream of a new home, then you work hard. But when, against all logic, she finds a beautiful stranger in her bed, her world turns upside down. After all, falling for the forbidden can be too sweet not to try… at least once.

They come from the opposite ends of the globe, but the collision of two soulmates is destined. Fate will send them on a lifelong journey from Eastern Europe to Spain, France, the United States, and back.

Their story is a mix of a beautiful fairy tale and a painful nightmare. It`s not something you`ve heard before: everything is too vivid, too honest, too emotional and too profound.

An attraction at first sight;

A passion that breaks all rules;

A hypnotic melody – it conquers all.

This is one love for life and beyond time,

This is MONOGAMY…

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story is intense and immersive. You feel every emotion Valeria experiences, and at times, this makes the story almost claustrophobic. The romance is sensual.

Valeria’s life does not meet her expectations. She married young and soon discovers her husband’s physical attributes do not compensate for his lack of motivation to make a good life for his family. Alex enters her life unexpectedly, and his impact is life-changing.

Drawn to each almost against their will, Valeria and Alex become lovers. The story follows their relationship in a world where only they matter. There is a selfishness about this story that many will recognise. Valeria’s love for Alex excludes everyone, even her children.

The story has an unexpected twist which is emotional and poignant. Valeria has to make difficult moral choices. She’s hard to empathise at this point, especially if you are a mother. She is a complex character, both selfish and selfless. The ending is brutal and paves the way for the next book in the series.

Victoria Sobolev is the author of four bestselling series and one standalone novel that have gained her thousands of followers on Russian indie platforms and a Monogamy fan club.

She was born in Ukraine but spent most of her life living in Moldova until immigrating to Canada with her husband and two children. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Victoria believes in true love and soulmates just as much as she does in working hard at marriage. Travelling is her passion, but she thinks there is no safer or calmer place for a woman than her man’s shoulder.

She is fascinated by watching people and studying human relationships, but, even more, she loves writing novels about them.

Victoria Sobolev loves all her characters and never abandons them in the tragedy of separation and hopelessness forever, but always leads them to happiness. She takes her reader’s breath away only to make them feel even more alive when they start breathing again, so that everyday things become appreciated even more and their true value recognised.

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4* Review: I Take You – Eliza Kennedy

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I’m getting married.

He’s perfect!

It’s a disaster.

Meet Lily Wilder – New Yorker, lawyer and the luckiest woman in the world. She has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé.

Also? She has no business getting married.

Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and completely incapable of being faithful to just one man. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights – and mornings, and afternoons – of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

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I Take YouThere’s nothing sweet about Lily and yet she makes an instant impression that deepens as her story unfolds and despite her lack of tact, questionable morals and other faults I ended up liking her.

I like to escape to another world, when I read and this book certainly delivers. I’ve never visited New York but the characterisations and ethos appear realistic, as you might expect from someone who lives there.

‘I Take You’, is deliberately controversial. Lily enjoys sex and fails to be monogamous even when she is supposedly in a committed relationship with Will and many readers of RomCom and Chick Lit may find her difficult to empathise with, or even understand. I let the story flow over me, laughed at the ribald humour and read the story in a few hours.

The pacing is fast, except for the last couple of chapters, which slowed down the story and didn’t deliver any surprises. The ending too is a little anticlimactic, although romantic. The characters are vivid, I especially liked Freddy. Will is harder to like, read the story and see if you agree.

I received a copy of this book from Vintage Books Random House via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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