I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Passports and Promises #2
on August 16, 2017
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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When Bethany Beaumont finds a book about life in the sultan’s harem, she discovers it’s actually a guide to the lost art of seduction. Just what she needs as she departs on a study abroad trip to exotic Istanbul. She’s struggling to get over her ex, and the book of dirty little secrets might be just the thing to help…if only she could find someone to practice on.
Half-Turkish and full of Australian swagger, teaching assistant Adam Kent seems to fit the bill. They decide to become lovers for the duration of the trip, and then part ways. Forever.
But not every lesson can be found in a book, and sometimes falling in love changes everything. When Bethany is forced to confront her past, and the promises she made to someone else, will it really be as easy as she thought to let Adam go?
Everything about Istanbul seemed to be an odd mix of the exotic and the familiar, the old with the new. by Bethany
- Cover/Title: 5/5 Beautiful! Is really tied to the story. It has meaning and we can see that it was done for this particular book. Great title also, fitting!
- Plot: story line 3/5, story ending 4/5, pace 4/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, originality 4/5, writing style 3.5/5 This was well-written, with good pace and cohesive. The story kept me guessing and I’ve ended wanting more. I’ve loved visiting Turkey with the book. It felt real!
- Characters: hero 4.5/5, heroine 2.5/5, secondary characters 3.5/5 Adam is almost perfect. I like him. There are many good secondary characters, I like the friendship created in the book. Overall they were easy to like, connect and understand.
- Heat: chemistry 4.5/5, steam 3/5, romance 4.5/5 The romance part of the story was beautiful. It had a few cheese moments, which made the romance sweet at times and there were other times with more spice. Their chemistry was undeniable from the first moment, and it has been portrayed in the book with them fighting all the time, trying to avoid the unavoidable.
- Freshness: The concept of the book is unique. Even though the recipe of the romance is a bit predictable, the book feels different and memorable.
- Addictiveness: Easy to read, not very easy to let go.
- Plot: Too much going on at the same time. There were so many subplots, lots of deep topics, but at the end not everything explained in-depth.
- Character: Bethany got on my nerves. She had so many to-stupid-to-live moments that I don’t want to comment so I won’t spoil your experience. She was stubborn and liked to use the word independence as a cape, but for me it felt childish and stupid.
Istanbul has always been a crossroads, a bridge between east and west, and history itself was stamped on the faces of the Turks. by Bethany
First, I would like to say that I haven’t read the first book, and after a while I understood that some passages were references from book 1. I have understood this story perfectly, but I would say my enjoyment would have been higher if I had read book one. I’m a bit obsessed with connecting all the dots. 🙂
The best part here was how the author “painted” a perfect picture of Turkey and how well she took us in a journey through the culture and history of the country. The description of the food was amazing. Really well done. It has me really looking forward to this series to see what other places can I discover and visit through her stories.
There were a lot of deep topics mentioned in the book such as coming out, alcoholism, homophobia, rape, dysfunctional family, and prostitution. I would have liked to see some of them explored in-depth. There was also a murder, but if felt rushed.
Suspense 3/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 1/5 Action 3/5 Angst 3.5/5 Twists 2/5
Recommend this book: Yes
Read more from the author: Yes
Re-read this book: I’m not sure. Maybe if I need for a full view of the series.
You MAY read this because you have followed the series; you SHOULD read this if you like romance; you MUST read this for a culture experience!!!