Saturday, August 6, 2016

All Tyed Up by Julia Harlow

Title:  All Tyed Up
Author:  Julia Harlow
Publication Date:  July 26/16
Length:  309pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

The past can be murder on relationships.

Isabel Beachwood just lost her dream job. Now she’s forced to move out of her precious Victorian apartment, and in with her stepsister, bringing back ugly memories of a painful childhood.

Ty Griffin is a financial magnate who deals in multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions. His bespoke suits can’t hide a body worthy of a professional athlete. Those intense azure eyes telegraph a keen intellect. And his mouth, the only soft thing about him, is sinfully sensual. But his drive to succeed has all but obliterated any chance for a personal life.

Isabel is surprised when, during her moving sale, none other than the white-hot Ty Griffin, CEO of Grandin Financial, buys her prized Carmel-by-the-Sea table. When she finds out he’s part of the reason she lost her job, her apartment, and her adorable table, she’s incensed.

The moment Ty meets the voluptuous and challenging Isabel Beachwood, he’s completely enthralled. He’s the kind of man who’s used to getting what he wants. And he wants Isabel.

While their steamy relationship heats up, an insidious danger seems to be shadowing them. It’s a treacherous threat that could ruin everything.

Soon Ty and Isabel are dealing with an over-protective stepsister, a highly trained German Shepherd, a pain in the butt Welsh Corgi, a jealous gold-digger, an obsessed suitor, a former lover, and Isabel’s quirky tech colleagues. All of which turn out to be the least of their problems.

Because the past won’t die. And it can be murder.

My Review:

I was very intrigued by the premise of this book. I really enjoyed the different approaches that the author took with things. The novel is full of descriptions allowing readers to picture each and every aspect of the tale. The author does sometimes take this to excess, allowing the plot to be buried underneath what the characters own for a while, before re-emerging.

Harlow also heats up the pages with the romance that she develops. It sizzles at times, while also being sweet and caring at others. It was well done and an asset to both the character development and to the forward motion of the plot.

I really enjoyed how the main characters were original yet still very real. Not only was it easy to connect with and identify with them, but they also provided the type of story that you really want to get into. Unfortunately the plot itself left me rolling my eyes at times. Not to the extent that it made it unenjoyable, but enough so that I wasn’t completely in love with it.

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