Monday, May 29, 2017

Review & Tour: Plight by K.M. Golland

Title: Plight
Author: K.M. Golland
Genre/Age: Romantic Comedy/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Give Me Books Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisPlight [plahyt]
Noun: a difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.
Verb: pledge or solemnly promise. Be engaged to be married.

I promised myself to a man. Well, technically, I promised myself to a boy. We were eight years old. Neighbours. He gave me a Cheezel, pushed it onto my finger, and asked me to marry him. 
I ate the Cheezel. 
I also said, “Yes” but that we’d have to wait until we were thirty.
It was my thirtieth birthday last week and now he’s calling in that promise. 
Seriously, Elliot Parker is insane if he thinks that an out of the blue private Facebook message stipulating the binding law of an oral contractual agreement is going to seal our twenty-two-year bullshit engagement. 
I wonder if he really does look like his profile picture, though.

“I'm an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable little people. I'm a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I'm also a self confessed shoe-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and bridge-aholic.” 

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland is a best selling hybrid author, and a ranty, married mother of two with a very healthy high heel obsession.


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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

These can't be tears in my must be dusty in here...

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Danielle made a childhood promise to her best friend. When she receives a message from the same person many years later, she isn't sure what to think. Especially, since he seems to be serious about holding her to that promise. And when their little agreement turns into a giant lie, she's forced to face the pain from her past and the boy who caused most of it.

Elliot hasn't forgotten the girl with chocolate curls. The only female he's ever really loved and the one he thought he'd spend the rest of his life with. When a moment of insanity puts them in an awkward position, he's reluctant to tell the truth and let her go. If he can convince Danielle that they are truly meant to be together, maybe their lie can become the truth.

But when the pair start to rekindle their friendship and romance blossoms, so do the memories of their past. Some of those memories are haunting and nearly impossible to escape. And they come with a side of guilt and shame, too. Yet, if you can't make things work with your best friend, the one who knows you better than anyone, could you ever truly be happy with someone else? 
It's always interesting reading a book from a foreign author. In this case, it was from Australia. There were mentions of places I'd never heard of and lots of new words and phrases unique to the setting. I do have to say that this book also had a quirky feel to it that I don't often find with American authors. It's nice to change the pace and sample something a little different from time to time.

The ending of this book made me friggin cry!

I absolutely love friends to lovers stories, where there is a pre-existing bond between our characters. There is always rich history to draw pain and pleasure from, inside jokes and shared memories, and a certain level of comfort already established when the story starts. This one was also sort of a second chance novel, as well, which is another of my favorite tropes. 

I found a lot to like about this book. For one, our two characters had fantastic chemistry. Not just sexual, but there was quite a bit of that, too. The first half of the book, in which our couple is fighting most of the time, I think my smile never left my face. I have no problem with the arguing between our characters because there was so much passion beneath. It was delectable sensual tension and the Truth or Dare game left me fanning myself like crazy.

The romance is hot and cold in this story, so be prepared to smile then scowl then smile then scowl. I did find Danielle's reasoning for wanting to avoid a relationship in the beginning to be weak, but I'm glad that she eventually sees reason. The secondary characters were entertaining, too. I loved the mothers and even Laura's snarky self grew on me. Chris was funny and even though I cringed at Danielle's relationship with her dog, it did provide some nice moments of humor.

In closing... 
A quick read and roller coaster of emotions. Four suns!

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