Before I start my review, I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept and NetGalley for allowing me to review Return to Briarwood by Elisabeth Barrett.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Anywhere You Are from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept through NetGalley as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now, onto my review:
Title: Anywhere You Are
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Date of publication: September 20th 2016
How many pages: 272
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Return to Briarwood
Once and Again – Book 1
The Best of Me – Book 2
Anywhere You Are – Book 3
Where can you find this book: Amazon
As the daughter of a music legend, Grace Davingham knows all too well what it’s like to be burned by the media’s glare. Now all she wants is to be left to do her painting and conservation work in peace, with no intention of returning to the spotlight. But after she sprains her ankle hiking and a handsome real-estate mogul comes to her rescue, Grace once again finds herself in the public eye.
Sexy, successful, and averse to any attachments, Marcus Colby thrives on rigid discipline in order to manage both his real-estate investment company and his personal life. Marc has no time for fun and no patience for crazy. Which is why meeting Grace—and inheriting an enormous Great Dane who won’t listen to a word he says—has turned Marc’s carefully constructed world upside down.
Only when Grace and Marc square off over a local controversy do they realize how different they really are. But if opposites attract, their love is destined to bind them together—forever.
I am going to come out and say it in the first sentence of this review, I was kinda “Meh” about this book. It wasn’t because it was a 3rd (and last, I think) book in the series. Anywhere You Are can be read 100% as a standalone book. It wasn’t because of Great Dane with the name of Mr. Pipplepotts (THE NAME!!! LOL). I do think it was because Marc and Grace weren’t believable as a couple. Something about their relationship struck me as really forced and I don’t like it when a romance novel comes across that way.
Marc was almost too rigid in his dealing with life and with Grace. While I can understand some of his rigidity due to a very unpleasant childhood, the way he acted with Grace was a little over the top sometimes. He blew hot and cold and as a reader, it drove me nuts.
Grace, on the other hand, grew as a character in the book. She went from being a person who hid out all the time and let people take advantage of her to someone who stood up to her family, Marc and people who took advantage of her. I loved it. Plus her interactions with Mr. Pipplepotts was great.
Like I said above, Marc and Grace’s relationship seemed forced. I really couldn’t put a finger on it but I do think his past issues were part of the relationship being the way it was. They also didn’t seem to connect with me as being a couple until the very end.
The ending was what I thought it was going to be and all issues throughout the book were resolved. What got me was that Marc, who is intensely private, was suddenly OK with Grace doing guest spots on her family’s reality TV show. A total 180 from where he stood that the beginning of the book and that bugged me.
How many stars will I give Anywhere You Are? 3
Why? Like I said above, I was “meh” about the book. But, the plot was solid and the author did do a great job of making you like the main characters (yes, Marc grew on me after a while)
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range? Adult
Why? Lots and lots of sex