Back to Resolution

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Title: Back to Resolution
Author: Rose Dee
Publisher: Even Before
Released: November 1, 2011
Pages: 238

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Bay Anders has enjoyed every privilege a wealthy upbringing can bring her whole life. Despite all the luxuries in her life, the void in her soul refuses to be filled and the death of her mother doesn’t help. Before being forced to make a move to Australia, she goes on a path that will destroy her. Will her life a mess she goes looking for the father she never knew.

On her father’s island home, she realizes that she has a hazardous group of hostile locals and a mystery-her father’s disappearance. The only person who can help her find her father is a strong, aloof, and intensely magnetic man. Now Bay must fight an overwhelming attraction to him as she tries to stay focused on her goal to get to know her father.

Flynn McKenna came to Resolution island for one purpose, to hide from the world. A past filled with mistakes and a record caused him to live in seclusion and avoid women. But the arrival of a woman he can’t avoid shatters his solitary existence. He tries to resist the attraction he feels for her, but with the search for her father and the fact that he can only run so far before he hits ocean draws them together will he be able to?

Will the attraction fizzle or will it bubble over? Will Bay find her father alive or will the only time she sees him be at his funeral? Will Bay be able to fend off the developers obsessed with developing the island or will she cave under the pressure?
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I don’t fully know what I was expecting with this book, but I’m not sure this book delivered. I felt disappointed at the lack of depth in the characters as well as her lack of discretion when it came to the romance. Also, the descriptions were a little off. The author did pretty well at describing her character’s surroundings but there was just something missing that I can’t describe or fully know myself.

The romance was normally something I would enjoy. It was a passionate one that is anything but typical. However, this one wasn’t something that I did. The romance seems to be run more off the feelings of sparks and fireworks instead of a genuine emotional connection. Don’t get me wrong, there are parts where the characters connect emotionally, but the physical connection far out weighs the emotional. One of the rules of thumb of Christian romances is that you imply something that happened or would’ve happened without actually saying it, this author didn’t fully get that aspect.

One positive part of the book is the mystery. Though it didn’t get front and center, it’s a fun side mystery that ties in pretty well. I say it’s a positive because this author was actually able to detain me from figuring out the person responsible. I still figured it out but it took me most of the book to do it. I barely figured it out before the characters. Though the mystery was a little extreme and outlandish, it could happen. Maybe this author should pursue this genre instead.

The characters in this book lacked a certain depth that I never knew I needed. By the end of the book I still felt left out of the characters’ emotions and feelings and because of that, this book made me feel nothing. I couldn’t connect with any character no matter how big or small and that surprised me, I usually find at least one I can connect with. I sat there and read stone faced the entire book and to me that’s a huge disappointment.

However, possibly the most disappointing part of the story is when Bay wakes up in bed with a man and isn’t upset about that only about who she wakes up with. I think that’s when the book took a huge dive for me. To me a main character with that low of respect for her body, particularly in this genre, doesn’t endear me to her. It shocked me and I wondered how that made it past editing without some change or at least a comment. Maybe things are different in Australia. I thought I liked edgy, maybe I was wrong…

Overall, a disappointing book without a character connection between each other and the reader. A perfect book for those who love a more edgy book. I don’t recommend this for younger readers. I give this book a two and a half out of five.

*I received this book from the publisher through the bookcrash program in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are mine.*

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