Friday, June 1, 2018

Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K Weaver {Review}

Kings Crossed Lovers (A Destined For Love Romance: Resorts) by Donna K. Weaver
Publication: May 31st 2018 by Emerald Arch Publishing 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and not influenced by this in any way.
Ethan Walters has no time for distractions like romance. Not if he's going to have the brilliant medical career he's always dreamed of. But when he's given a trip to a theme park resort as a college graduation present, he can't exactly say no. Even if Samantha—the one girl with the power to dismantle his goals—is tagging along.

Samantha Diederik has managed to avoid her high society mother’s manipulations since the woman moved to Europe. Now she’s back and pressuring Sam to move to New York with her. With that battle on the horizon, Sam proceeds to go on vacation with her brother and his roommate. She’s crushed on Ethan for years. They've only met online, but their hours-long conversations are the highlight of her week. Now she has a chance to find out if the cyber magic she's felt with him will translate to real life.

And wow, does it ever—with sparks flying! Now all she has to do is find a way to fight off her mother's machinations while convincing Ethan she won’t destroy his dreams.
My Review: 3.5 Stars
An author just barely asked the question on Facebook if anyone has ever read a series out of order and I replied that I have--just not on purpose. This book is one of those cases. I haven't read the other books in the series yet and at times, I was wishing that I had so that I understood the characters and their relationships a little better, and at others, I felt like I had enough to go on, especially for the characters on hand. 
Ethan just graduated from college and is off on a dream trip--to visit the Ross Hughes theme park with his best friend, Rafe, and Rafe's step-sister. In an obvious attempt to re-create the Harry Potter mania that still exists, the author presents Ross Hughes and his "world," which is a spoof of all things Potter. I thought that aspect was fun, especially because this common geekdom brought Ethan and Sam even closer, but the story vacillates between carefree fun and romance, and burdensome family drama and responsibilities, which bogged it down a little for me. I can understand the hesitation of making a big decision that will affect the future, but there is a lot of wishy-washy feelings on both sides that was a little frustrating. I'm sure it would have been more clear, had I read the other books first to complete the picture. 
That aside, I thought the chemistry and starry eyes were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the setting. I loved the clever ways the HP theme was slightly changed and the excitement over being in this park was contagious. That ending though--super cute!

Content: mild romance; one character was manipulated by her mother, which led to self-harm (not graphically described, but may be hard for those dealing with similar issues to read about)

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