Apr 072014
 
Review: Getting ByGetting By (A Knight's Tale #1) by Claudia Y Burgoa
Published by Self published on Feb 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a fairly straight-forward contemporary romance. It had all the expected elements, but something fell short, and the story was a bit clunky.

Part of this feeling came from Emma. She was a hard character to like. She was a serious workaholic with hidden secrets, who had little interest in forming connections with other people. Her standoffish attitude was hard to relate to, or sympathize with.

Jake was a more personable character, but I found his overprotective behaviour a touch too much. I did like his brothers though, especially Mitch, whose humour added a little fun to the story.

Overall, I was disappointed in the story. It moved in chunks, and was hard to get into. A couple of times I found myself rereading passages and questioning what was happening. This was not a book I loved.

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