Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love the Hurt Away - WRI Reviews: Stubborn Love by Wendy Owen

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Stubborn Love by Wendy Owen
Pages: 288
Publisher: Four Bean Publishing
Source: Purchased for Amazon
Format: mobi
Rating: ☆ ☆ 

I thought twenty-three would be the year I reclaimed my identity. Ashton decided to give me a new one. Widow. A woman so cold she could drive her husband to suicide. - Stubborn Love

When Emmie Hayes’ life is rocked by tragedy, she heads to New York City in hopes of finding herself again, but second chances aren’t easy for a Stubborn Heart. 


My Review
This was an okay read for me. Clementine "Emmie" Hayes was a quiet artsy fade into the background type of girl. Ashton Striling was the bad boy hottie small town rich kid. She wanted the fairy tale and got a huge dose of reality. The relationship became abusive. She finally goes to art school in New York where she becomes roommates with Paige. Paige boyfriend happens to be her hot landlord brother. Emmie feels conflicted about living her life because there's something she hasn't told them. They don't know that she used to be married and the reason behind why she isn't anymore. Will she ever find peace? Do she even deserve it?

Okay so here's the thing I didn't care to much for Em. I found her stuck in adolescent mode. And maybe she was since she only dated and married the one guy from high school. Being in that relationship stunted her emotional growth. However, knowing that didn't help the annoyance I felt with her.

I think all the characters were one dimensional. The book had a storyline that could've dug deeper into the emotions of most of the characters involved. This book just missed the mark. The subject matter begs to be an emotional in depth tearjerker but ended up an awkward - middle of the road romance. Talk about a missed opportunity.

This is a fast pace summer read. I like that there isn't a cliffhanger as there's nothing in the book or about the characters that would make feel like I was missing out if I didn't read book 2.

About the Author
Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.

Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.

When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

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