I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.London Bound by Amy Daws
Series: London Lovers #3
Published by Star Hollow Publishing on May 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can't get any more pathetic.
She's done with men.
She doesn't need them.
She especially doesn't need their muscular thighs.
No siree, she's going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive "Theo" who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub.
Keep telling yourself that, Lez.....
Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she'll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he's managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned.
He wants more.
She wants to run.
But he can’t seem to let her go.
Both of them have a past—and neither want to share.
How can love possibly survive in darkness?
London Bound is a stand alone novel in author Amy Daws’ London Lovers series, featuring the romantic woes of American expat designer Leslie Lincoln and British furniture craftsman Theo Clarke. Leslie’s effervescent nature immediately draws the reserved Theo into her sphere and he unabashedly pursues her. Leslie knows that Theo will never settle for less than all in, and that’s what terrifies her. Half the novel is Leslie trying to find her sexy-girl mojo while attempting to evade her visceral connection with Theo. The story really hits it’s stride when Leslie stops running and realizes the inevitable: she and Theo are better together.
Theo and Leslie both have tragedies in their pasts they are not comfortable sharing and, rather than pushing one another to open up, they give each other time and understanding. Things obviously come to a head eventually and there’s a definite strain on their relationship. However, the angst is handled quickly without being drawn out because angst simply for the sake of angst is never a winning plot device. Ms Daws avoids that plotting pitfall here by having her eminently likable characters communicate and play to their strengths in resolving conflict.
Theo is initially attracted to Leslie’s lightness, her bright personality. Eventually he comes to realize there is pain and insecurity behind her laughing smile and Theo makes it his personal mission to reassure Leslie how special and worthy of happiness she is. Having fled America for London years earlier to escape her tragic home life, Leslie has found satisfaction in her career and surrounded herself with a loving circle of friends. She isn’t looking for love, in fact she’s actively avoiding it. Theo’s unwavering belief in her helps Leslie heal old wounds, giving her the courage to accept his love and offer him her strength in return.
Secondary characters are really well developed and only aid in the story telling. Fans of Daws’ two earlier London Lovers novels will appreciate the chance to catch up with old friends. I predict readers new to the series will be eager to go back and read Becoming Us and A Broken Us once they finish London Bound – I know both were added to my Kindle before I ever finished London Bound!
London Bound is kept from being too heavy by Leslie’s witty narration, adding just the right amount of lightness to an occasionally dark tale. Like the relationship between Theo and Leslie, the book finds the perfect balance.
“You’re incredible, Leslie. You have to know that. You have to know how special you are.”
I swallow around a hard knot forming in my throat.
“I’ve never felt that before,” I whisper softly, my voice catching at my very raw and vulnerable admission. No hiding anymore.
“You’ll never feel anything less with me. I promise you.” He shakes his head disbelievingly. “You shine straight through me. You’ve brought me back.” He kisses me softly on the lips and murmurs against my mouth, “You’re impossibly special.”
In all my life, I’ve never felt what Theo’s managed to make me feel in a matter of seconds. Knowing my words will only pale in comparison to his, I return his kiss passionately, whispering a simple ‘thank you’.
About Author Amy Daws:
Amy Daws is a goof of epic proportions. She enjoys making dumb videos and laughing at herself…a lot. It gets awkward. She thinks she should have tried her hand at improv theater but figured she’d learn how life looks behind the lens of a camera first.
She also thinks talking about herself in the third person isn’t awkward at all.
Amy lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing.
Amy’s contemporary romance books are a part of the The London Lovers Series and currently have two installments out with more to come. Her writing style is emotional and self-deprecating with awkward humor sprinkled in. Basically, if she makes you cry happy and sad tears…she’s achieved her goal. Extra points if you have to blow your nose.
Amy’s inspiration for writing is and always will be her six precious angel babies and her daughter, Lorelei. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.
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About London Lovers Series:
Becoming Us, London Lovers #1
The dreaded friend-zone… The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae. I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls. What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking? When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can’t feel any lower…Brody stumbles into my path-barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh air. The feelings this man gives me are like nothing I’ve ever experienced. But Brody has a past. A past that makes it nearly impossible for him to trust me and let us become us in whatever capacity that may be. Just when Brody and I truly connect, just when I think that finding my soul-mate in college isn’t a total joke, Jake comes back into my life…and messes things up…possibly for good.
A Broken Us, London Lovers # 2
The moment those words come out of the doctor’s mouth, I feel sick.
The life I have dreamed of…obliterated.
How will he look at me?
How can he accept me?
He’ll know what I hid from him.
He’ll know everything.
It’s over. It’s completely over. I can’t tell him “I love Us” anymore.
Even though I do.
Even though it will kill me.
I can’t tell him anything. Everything is ruined. Pummeled. Broken.
I have to leave him. I have to give up us.
I know he’ll come after me.
I just have to do something to make him not want to.