When I blogged about the Choc Lit on Tour event I shared that I have interacted with Jan Brigden via social media for a few years. I remember how excited I was for Jan when she won Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition! Kate (from Kate’s Bookspot) had read Jan’s debut, As Weekends Go and surprised me by choosing and buying me a copy at the event (signed by the lovely Jan Brigden too). I’m sharing my thoughts with you today.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Choc Lit (7 Sept. 2016)
What if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend?
When Rebecca’s friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor hotel in York, it seems too good to be true. Pampering and relaxation is just what Rebecca needs to distract herself from the creeping suspicion that her husband, Greg, is hiding something from her.
She never imagined that by the end of the weekend she would have dined with celebrities or danced the night away in exclusive clubs. Nor could she have predicted she would meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserved so much more …
But no matter how amazing a weekend is, it’s always back to reality come Monday morning – isn’t it?
The opening scene left me in no doubt that Bex and Greg’s relationship was long overdue a reckoning. Some people enjoy playing the ‘victim’ role and Greg knows exactly what he needs to do to manipulate Bex so that she will continue to meet his needs while her own needs lay simmering under the surface. While her family and best friend Abi are supportive, she needs an equal partnership which she won’t ever have with Greg. Hawksley Manor is the perfect setting for her to untangle her emotions. Until she meets Alex Heath. She certainly fell for him 🙂 Alex isn’t your stereotypical celeb footballer (or rather stereotypically portrayed in the media). His ethics and morals had me swooning as much as his physique!
Choc Lit novels are well known for giving the reader the male point of view and in As Weekends Go we’re spoiled with three! I enjoyed not only Alex Heath’s narrative but Nick’s too (best friend Abi’s partner). As for Greg, he just made my blood reach boiling point.
The romance plot may be a common theme but there are a couple of things that made this a romance with a difference for me. The tension and conflict is well paced and not just for the lead characters. I was as emotionally invested in Abi and Nick as in Bex’ love life. The characters became living and breathing people for me. I thought about them after the story had ended. Greg is so getting what he is owed …
I have no hesitation in recommending As Weekends Go. If you’re a romance reader don’t miss it!
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