{Review} All of Me by Kelly Moran

{Review} All of Me by Kelly MoranAll of Me by Kelly Moran
Series: Covington Cove #2
Published by Berkley on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
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A “fantastic”* new romance from the author of Return to Me and "one of the top 10 reads of 2013"

For ten months, bestselling novelist Alec Winston hasn’t been able to type a single word, and he’s coming dangerously close to breaching his publishing contract. An invitation from his brother to spend the summer in Wilmington Beach might be just the thing to blast through his writer’s block. Yet Alec discovers more than a spark of inspiration on the sunny sands. He meets an amber-eyed muse who makes him think about much more than books . . .

Faith Armstrong has finally gathered the courage to leave her past behind and accepted a job as a private tutor, hoping for a fresh start on the North Carolina coast. This is the home she’s always longed for—not just a place, but a state of mind. She’s felt invisible her whole life, so the host of new friends and the attention of a sexy author have her head spinning.

But Alec has a secret that could prove this isn’t the life Faith dreamed of after all . . .

Kassiah: I really, really liked Return to Me, the first book in the Covington Cove Series by Kelly Moran, so I was very excited when I found out that there was going to be more in this series. I love the setting, the characters, and the way Moran writes. I didn’t like All of Me as much as I enjoyed Return to Me, but this was still a sweet, fun read.

When popular author Alec Winston is struck with dreaded writer’s block, he decides to leave NYC for awhile and pay his brother, Jake, a visit where they grew up in North Carolina. There, he sees Faith on the beach and is instantly smitten. She’s shy at first and intrigues him. Pretty soon, she becomes his inspiration for writing again and the two find themselves wrapped up in each other more than either of them would like. Both of them have pasts and are very reluctant to pursue any kind of relationship. Their situation was believable and bittersweet, and I liked the way things unfurled.

The chemistry between Alec and Faith was sweet and I was rooting for them to let go of their pasts and be together. They frustrated me with their back and forth, but I guess that’s normal in romance books. Moran is a gifted writer though, with idyllic settings and descriptions that make everything so real.

Readers of Return to Me will love seeing Cole and Mia again. We’ve seen Faith before–she’s Ginny’s teacher. Alec is the brother of Jake (the gardener who stole Cole’s sister, Lacey’s, heart). If you didn’t read Return to Me, you don’t have to read it first to understand what’s going on here. But you should, because it’s awesome.

So what didn’t I like? I felt like Faith was too old to have the feelings of inadequacy brought on by her parents. She was 27 and so upset that her parents didn’t have the time or the inclination to talk to her (because of their past that is explained). I just felt like she should have been way younger–like 19 or something.

Though the storyline was predictable, All of Me is a sweet, fast read that contemporary romance lovers will really enjoy.

Report Card
Overall: 3.5

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