Review: Recovery

cover-recoveryTitle: Recovery
Author: J.C. Harroway
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Available: Now


She can’t help but want him. But neither can his millions of fans.

With fame, fortune, looks and charisma, Nathan Banks may have it all. But Dr Sophia King wants nothing to do with him beyond treating him as any other patient.

A family scandal and a childhood of media intrusion have left the reserved doctor fiercely protective of her vulnerable family. But when a photo of Sophia and Nathan together strips away her anonymity and exposes past secrets, she must step into the limelight to protect her loved ones.

Intrigued by the man behind his famous persona, Sophia glimpses a life of fame and glamour she’s never coveted. But Nathan comes with baggage, and the screaming fans, the beautiful leading ladies and ruthless paparazzi are all part of the deal.

How much is Sophia willing to endure to be with the man she loves, and how much is Nathan willing to give up for the woman who has stolen his heart?

Source: Review copy from Escape Publishing via the author

I had a few problems with this book. It’s readable and explores the price of fame, along with a whole ton of wish-fulfillment, but I struggled to get past the reason why Sophia and Nathan get connected in the first place. A photo is snapped of Nathan receiving treatment and posted to his social media account. Sophia (quite rightly) objects so the photo is removed. Someone else snaps him leaving the clinic and the next day, according to the local New Zealand media, they’re not only dating but practically engaged.

What the what?!

Why would anyone think this? There are no pictures of them getting up close and personal, she’s not famous. I don’t understand why this would ever have been a thing!

Of course after that things go crazy and excessive, meaning Sophia has to flee home to protect her family. But Nathan thinks the only way to kill off the attention is for them to spend more time together (why? Surely him getting snapped with someone else would have been better, but no, this is romance). So he takes her to a premiere, where the media that has been hounding her and her family for an entire week completely forget who she is.

I have no words.

At this point I put the book down, thinking I would never finish it. Mostly because I didn’t care much for Sophia (yes, she’s been through a lot, but she’s not particularly nice and I have no idea why Nathan even likes her, let alone wants to spend time with her) and Nathan had no personality beyond being famous and beautiful. However, I came back to it because I was curious as to why it has largely positive reviews.

And to be honest it’s okay, if you can put the incomprehensibility of the whole set up to one side. He is famous, she is not, the press are terrible, fame is cruel, they both have family issues and possessive/jealous moments. There is chemistry, there is glamour, but there’s also some nice downtime where they get to know each other properly. It also has a completely cheesy ending which makes my eye twitch because come on, one phone call? (Wasn’t he was still phoning her? I know I would have if I’d been told of that situation.) Talk, people, talk!

Yeah, so suspend your disbelief in many different ways, sit back and relax into the pure escapism of a mega film star falling for a random normal woman. It’s enjoyable in an easy, don’t think too deeply, kind of way and the stick figures are definitely cute. I’m glad I finished it, but I don’t think I’ll return for best-friend Jess’ story.

Recovery is Out Now.
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