Review: Discovering You by Kate McBrien

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What it’s about:

For fans of “Love on the Edge of Time” and “A Knight in Shining Armor” comes an epic romance that proves true love can never die.

Do you believe in soulmates?

A shy art historian. A sexy rock star. A mysterious medieval cross that holds a secret.

Lucy Bianchi has a plan: finish her PhD in art history and land a coveted job at a prestigious Los Angeles museum. Then—maybe—she’ll find time to start dating. Her controlled and predictable world begins to unravel when she chases a runaway dog on the beach and meets a gorgeous stranger.

Justin Hamilton is the charismatic lead singer of the British band Indigo. Years of touring and partying have won him notoriety, and he can have any woman he wants, but who he really wants doesn’t seem to exist.

Until now.

From their first look—their first touch—Justin and Lucy have a connection that defies logic and deepens their desire for each other. When they see the Varangian Cross at a museum exhibit, they’re flooded with inexplicable shared memories that draw them even closer together.

Justin has to return to London just as a salacious scandal explodes that could tear them apart. Lucy must choose between the safe life she’s cultivated, or go to Justin and discover a never-ending love.

“Discovering You” is the first book of a contemporary romance trilogy.

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Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:

This is a fun and light read, but it is not very deep. There are many erotic scenes in the book that are enjoyable, but the plot doesn’t support the love story. We have Lucy Bianchi, a mid-twenties virgin who is an intellectual studying for her PhD and working in a museum. She has an overbearing mother who seems to guide her every move. But why her mother is so overbearing, we have yet to find out… or at least we don’t understand their relationship in the first book of this contemporary romance trilogy. Lucy seems to have some depth to her character. She is likable but not exciting and a bit bland. So why should we root for her?

Then, out of the blue, she literally runs into a rock star musician Justin Hamilton who is bored with his life and looking for true love. For him, his encounter with Lucy on the beach in Los Angeles is an awakening and he falls in love immediately. He is reckless and wild, but because he is so smitten with Lucy, he completely changes his character and becomes a complete gentleman, which I found to be a bit unbelievable. He is the leader of a British rock band named Indigo with a cult following. He and his band mates are having growing pains, and the band is moving in another direction. Again, the story falls flat on the description of the band and why Justin is branching out on his own.

Since it is a trilogy, I am hoping that Ms. McBrien will explain more about Lucy’s passion for art history, Justin’s launch into a solo music scene, and their growing attraction for each other. Why do they have so many things in common? What is the significance of the Varangian Cross that seems to have put a spell on Lucy and possibly Justin? What makes them so compatible other than lust and sexual attraction?

I feel there is so much potential in the story plot, but hopefully, books 2 and 3 will bring up a deeper and more cohesive storyline that will include Lucy’s friends and family, as well as some insights into Justin’s family life and his relationships with his band mates.


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