Rise by Dylan Allen – Book Review by Penny Cooper

Rise, a contemporary romance, by Dylan Allen. Book review written by Penny Cooper.

As a little girl, I saw my father destroy the family he claimed to love. I watched my mother waste her life dreaming of a man who left her without a second glance.

As a woman, I don’t dream, I work. I don’t fall in love, I focus. I would never let anything as frivolous as love distract me.

Until I meet Simon. A gorgeous, brilliant young architect with dark eyes, a sweet smile, and a dirty, dirty mouth. He sets me on fire, and suddenly all I can do is dream…of his hands, his lips, his body. Of a heart good enough and a love strong enough to make me believe in happily ever after.

But Simon has secrets that are even deeper than mine. Will our pasts destroy everything we’ve worked for? Or will we find the courage to rise to the challenge and fight for the love we share?”

So the premise of this book intrigued me. I grew up back east so I remember the whole Enron debacle. Plus, I can’t imagine not only my father being involved in that, but then just up and leaving us. I don’t blame Addie for being mad at him. I would too.

There were a few things that were weird for me. For instance, Addie is a lawyer, and for her not to inform the senior partners at the law firm is weird. Like I would assume they would have to be briefed. That was odd to me. Also, there’s a lot of emphasis on the dysfunction of Addie’s relationship with her mom and in some ways her sisters. We see a little of it, but really not that much. And it’s left really unresolved. I mean there’s a little at the end, but I don’t know. Also there’s all this drama surrounding her one sister and I’m assuming either the next book is going to be her sister’s book or it’ll be explained further. The ending leads me to believe there is another book, because it just ends. It’s a cliffhanger, but kind a weird one.

It was a good book, but I wasn’t over the moon about it. I really liked Simon. I loved how he stepped up and was handling things. I love when we see a male character do that. Because he did not have to.

A word of caution. There is swearing and sexual situations in this book. It’s not a clean romance. Also, we were given an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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(3.5 / 5)

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