D N F
The day my life took an inevitable detour things got a little crazy.
My name is Essalin Brant, but everyone calls me Essa. I attend a small college in a tiny town, and in my twenty-two years of life I’ve never even traveled outside the state of Pennsylvania. You could say my life is pretty boring. I live by the rules. I’m a good girl and nothing exciting ever happens.
But that’s all about to change.
Enter Farren Shaw. Not only is he older and intimidating, but he’s more sure of himself than any 29-year-old man has a right to be. Did I mention that he’s drop-dead gorgeous? Well, he is. He also happens to be my best friend Haven’s brother. And I would be content with just fantasizing about Farren from afar, but when Haven suddenly goes missing, her gorgeous brother is the only one who believes me when I say she was abducted, even though all signs seem to suggest Haven left town willingly.
I know better, though. As does Farren. So when he asks me to accompany him to search for his sister, I accept.
That’s when the real adventure begins.
Our quest to find Haven takes us across the country. And throughout the time we spend together, I find myself falling for Farren . . . falling hard. He’s everything I’ve ever wanted. But is he really someone I should fear?
Because aside from making me feel things I’ve never felt before, Farren is hiding something. Something big. What could this stunning man be keeping from me? And why? Is Haven’s disappearance somehow connected to his mysterious job?
All I know is that things are about to get real.
Welcome to the Inevitable Detour that has become my life.
I was a part of this novel’s tour a while back, but since it was a DNF for me, I chose to post my thoughts at a later date. I’ll begin by saying this is one of those cases when I’m sure many of you will love this read, but it just didn’t do anything for me. Nothing wrong with the novel, the writing, the characters, the presentation (amazeballs cover, I’m sure you all agree, right? 😀 ), or anything of the sort. But the combo just didn’t tickle me pink any, that’s all. Truth be told, I’m starting to think I’m burned out on Contemporary by large, I’ve always been more of a Paranormal/Fantasy fan at heart anyway.
But let’s talk Inevitable Detour, shall we? The novel is a first person, present tense narrative, from Essa’s POV. I found her to be a likable character, consistent with her age, crush, and story development (to the point where I read it, so somewhere about 50%). Farren was okay too, mysterious, sort of alpha-vibe, but not overly so imo (again, up to the point where I read). I didn’t have a negative reaction to either of them, or to Haven, Essa’s best friend and Farren’s sister. I just didn’t have any positive reaction either. Something didn’t click for me, for some reason, primarily with the characters. I didn’t get emotionally involved in either of their sides of the story, so to speak.
Now, more so in Contemporary romance than in Paranormal or Fantasy, I feel reader reaction to the characters themselves is crucial, because while the worldbuilding can be fun, it’s not going to be quite as intricate as PNR of Fantasy might allow. Of course, all Romance reads hinge on reader reaction to one or both characters by large, you want their happy ending because you’re totally hearting one or the other, or both, right? I just didn’t feel the couple, or either of them, so their romance didn’t hook me either.
The suspense part of the read, the chase, the search, didn’t give me an adrenaline rush or anything, but again, it’s not like I felt it was lacking anything. I think this was influenced by my lack of emotional response to the characters, might I have loved say Haven, or either of the two in the main couple, I would have been emotionally invested in this part of the story as well.
Maybe I’ve been reading too much Contemporary lately, and I wasn’t a particular rabid fan of it anyway to begin with. Maybe I’ve been reading too much intense, sparks-flying, angsty romance, and as you well know, I’m a fan of tortured characters, convoluted feelings, dramatic situations, sweet is generally not my thing at all. This felt like sweet romance to me, not overly fluffy or anything, but somehow drama-free. I’m sure those of you sick of dramatic romance, lol, will enjoy this story. If you like well-balanced characters, reasonable reactions, sweet and slow-building romance, then you’ll for sure love this baby.
It just didn’t work for me, there was no chemistry between us.