Where You Are by Alla Kar

Posted July 30, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments


Where You Are by Alla Kar

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Where You Are by Alla KarWhere You Are by Alla Kar
Series: Together #1
Published by Swoon Romance on July 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 174
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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Got boy problems? Call Laney Scott. She's good for advice, a shoulder, or a swift kick where you need it. When her roommate Bethany gets her heart broken, yet again, it's Laney to the rescue. But Laney's harboring a secret. She's nursing her own broken heart. She and her friends come up with a plan to break Aiden and set it into play. Laney wants Aiden to pay for what he's done to Bethany. She will make him fall in love with her, so can break his heart. 

Laney's ex-boyfriend Lachlan Hems is back in Florida, still Australian and sexy as hell. His best mate Lucas is getting married, and he is in town for the show. He just didn’t realize Laney would be there … in another guy’s arms, or that seeing her again would have such an effect on him. After the incident in high-school, he vowed to never care for her again. But sometimes fate has different plans.

When Laney’s resolve crumbles, Lachlan is the only one that can put her back together again.

Where You Are is the start of a three-books new adult series from Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestselling author Alla Kar.

Main Points
Writing Style:
I liked the writing. I liked how it changed with each character’s perspective- for example, how when it was Lachlan’s POV, there were a lot more Australian terms. It was very engaging and straightforward.
This was a romance, 100% all the way. There were very few moments where that wasn’t the main focus. But it was a quick, fun read and I enjoyed it very much. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a light read, because there were some heavier themes discussed, especially towards the end.
I had to search a long time to find something that annoyed me. I can’t ever write an entirely positive review. But I did notice a recurring annoyance…every time Lachlan had a weaker moment, such as feeling sad, emotional, or no longer in control of himself, he called himself a woman or something more sexist. It was not an attractive habit. Of course guys can get emotional sometimes. It’s not a trait limited solely to the female gender. That was probably the one thing that bugged me about him.
Overall, Lachlan was wonderful. Even though more often than not he was thinking about Laney physically, it was still really obvious that he loved and cared for her. I could definitely see them with a future together. He may have been overrun by hormones a lot of the time, but it wasn’t in an inexperienced high-school-kid kind of way; rather, it was in a mature, totally in control way.
The sad thing is, I really began to feel sorry for Aiden, just like Laney did. It was horrible, what she was doing. And I found plenty of opportunities that she should have broken it off with him but didn’t. I didn’t want to like Aiden. I wanted him to be the stereotypical player, just like the other girls were all pretty much stereotypical…is there a nice way to say slut? If there is please enlighten me. Anyway, when it became clear that he wasn’t all that bad, it only made it harder and more complicated.
But it was brilliant. I never got annoyed with any character (as a character, not including when we’re supposed to be mad at them), which is surprising. Laney wasn’t the most BA heroine, but she wasn’t an annoying whiny little toad either. Major points for that. She seemed kind of normal. Thank the gods.
The big secret-from-the-past that came at the end, the one that had been alluded to basically the entire time…that was a shocker. I can’t tell you what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t that. However, I think it was handled well enough. And it was believable! Nothing too out-of-the-blue.
Oh wow! I didn’t even address the romance. Well, I can tell you this: it was smokin’. It was steamy. It was very exciting. Certainly made it a page-turner.
It was a happy ending for pretty much everyone! Yay! Even after all the damage that was done, it worked out. I can’t say exactly how because that would be spoiling, but rest assured there are no loose ties left. It is an entirely satisfying and happy ending.
Good vs. Bad
  • plot
  • characters
  • ending
  • big reveal
  • romance
  • writing
Less than perfect:
  • a few sexist habits
Bottom Line
I absolutely loved this book. The story was engaging and believable, the romance was exciting, and the characters were quite likeable and well done. The big reveal at the end was unpredictable but perfectly believable. This was quite a page-turner, as well as a quick, fun read. Would I read more by this author? Yes, I’d love to continue the series. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, if they are of age.
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About Alla Kar

I go by Alla Kar. I live in the Deep South with my husband, Chihuahua and pit-bull puppy. I love to bring southern gentlemen, alpha males and all things new adult to life. I am an Amazon Best-Selling Author!

Overall: four-stars


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