Time for book two already! Welcome to the Ginger Mom’s stop on the Beyond Trilogy iRead book tour! And, if you’re new here and haven’t read Beyond Believing, the first book in the series, check out our review HERE and grab yourself a copy before going any further. I would hate to spoil anything for you 🙂
by D.D. Marx
Series: The Beyond Trilogy
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing Group
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Author for Review
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Thank goodness this book wasn’t as depressing as the first. That being said, I think the best way to describe Olivia is self-sabotaging. I could not believe how many situations she gets herself into that could have been at least somewhat avoided by just making a decision for herself. She relies completely on Dan, her deceased friend. Songs on the radio, a certain kind of shoe. And then, to top it off, she has this secret that she hasn’t told Finn and who does she listen to for advice? Her annoying, obnoxious, know-it-all cousin Garrett. Hide it, he says. It’s in the past. Yea, because that one wasn’t going to backfire! As a writer, I understand that you need drama to create a good story. Olivia, you make it too easy!
As with the first book, I enjoyed Finn’s character. Definitely one I would like to hear in audiobook form. He’s Scottish (and sounds totally hot!) but I did feel like I was missing part of his personality that just got lost in translation. This is a book that would definitely benefit from audio 🙂 And, as someone who has a culinary background, I really enjoyed seeing Finn in his element. It was so nice to see a celebrity chef who wasn’t changed by his fame. Finn, in his essence, is still a pretty normal person.
Olivia and Finn as a couple (see, this is why I told you to go read the first book before reading my review – that’s what we call a spoiler!). I think they were a great match. They complement each other well and I do think they handle each other’s quirks in a way that feels natural, not like lazy writing. Oh, and there are some quirks . . .
I did have a couple issues with this book – the first was that Amazon classifies it as Christian Fiction. That doesn’t seem right to me because through the entire series so far, everything that happens in their lives is attributed to Dan (and later, to Christine – yes, another spoiler. Seriously, go read the first book!). Dan controls the weather for special events, Dan saves the sick little boy. They seem to pray to Dan. That, I struggled with. I think Olivia’s relationship with her best friend is sweet, touching, endearing. But, I do think it gets taken a little too far if it’s going to be classified as Christian Fiction. More like Dan Fiction.
Issue #2 – abrupt endings to scenes. This happened a few times for me and I’d be reading along thinking okay, this is getting interesting. I wonder what’s going to happen next? And all of the sudden, it’s days or weeks later and it’s some completely different scene. I’m sitting there scratching my head, wondering if my Kindle deleted a few pages?
The pacing (other than the abruptness in places) worked well, keeping me from feeling like I struggled through the book. I really enjoyed the dual perspectives, as well. It added an extra element to the book, being able to see things from both sides. Especially when Olivia’s all mopey and Finn swoops in and makes it all better (yea, you’re not getting any more details than that). Very cute scene, by the way! I loved how Finn pulled off that very epic scene!
Will I continue the series? Yes. With the way things were left at the end of this one, I am definitely intrigued to see how it all wraps up and to see if D.D. Marx can tie up all the loose ends 🙂
Again, a huge thank you to iRead Book Tours and D.D Marx for sending me a review copy of this book and for letting the Ginger Mom be a part of this tour 🙂 AND, if you haven’t already entered in the GIVEAWAY, check out the massive list of goodies being given away and then go ENTER! It’s open until December 28, 2017!
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