Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review Stealing Phin (The Phinegan Swift Adventures in Life and Love Series) by Avery Hale

Stealing Phin (The Phinegan Swift Adventures in Life and Love Series)

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A Sexy, Light-Hearted, Humorous New Adult Contemporary Romance 

*Each book in this series is a stand-alone book with no cliff-hanger. 

Twenty-two year old Phinegan Swift is a hopeless romantic--a true believer in love. That is, until Douglas, her high-powered lawyer boyfriend and boss, betrays her in a big way, causing her to question everything she used to believe in. 

Completely devastated by Douglas's betrayal, Phin runs off to Costa Rica for a week with her best friend, Dez, to heal her broken heart and to find her sense of self again. 

Instead, she finds Byron Michaels, a handsome and mysterious stranger whose angle Phin just can't figure out. All she knows is that Byron is a thief... First, he tries to steal her luggage, then he steals her massage, and finally, he tries to steal Phin's heart. 

Who is Byron? What hidden agenda has him following Phin all over Costa Rica? And why, despite his frustrating arrogance and apparent disdain toward women, does he seem to be the only thing that works to keep her distracted from her heartache? 

Just as Phin begins to fall for Byron, things take a dramatic turn when Byron commits his own betrayal against Phin. It turns out that Byron has been keeping a secret from her -- one that calls into question everything he's said and done since their chance encounter at the airport. 

To make things even more complicated, as Phin is reeling from the shock of his hurtful revelation, someone from her past shows up to win her back...or so he claims. 

Will Phin have gained enough clarity to make the right choice? Will she be able to see both Douglas and Byron for who they really are? Will she follow her head, or will she do what she usually does...and follow her heart? 

***Contains explicit language and sexual content. Mature audiences only. 18+***

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This book is from an up and coming new author, and I was thrilled to get the chance to read it. It starts out as a book about trying to get over an emotional betrayal, and quickly turns into a fight for your life. I loved the characters with the quirky names, and the innocence that Phinegan shows is endearing. I hope to see more from this author, who has quickly found a place in my authors to watch list. This book kept my attention, and just when you think you know where it is going, WHAM! The story takes a darker turn, and you can't wait to see where it goes.

Our main character, Phinegan Swift, is a young lady who has had her heart ripped out by her ex, Douglas, when on their anniversary, she goes to his office and finds him getting a hummer from his secretary. In one fell swoop, Phin loses her boyfriend and her job. Desiree Lockport, Phin's best friend since college, goes with her to Costa Rico to try to help her find her inner party chick. Dez is a hoot, and she is very loyal to her friend. And, if Phin's thought roam to the ex, Dex will bring her out of it by embarrassing her until she stops. Gotta love friends like that!

The story starts as the girls get to Costa Rico and begin their vacation. Their luggage is taking forever, and just when they are getting testy, a hot man brings Phin's bag to her. She knows it is just a ploy, seeing as how his luggage looks nothing like hers, but she figures if Dez wants some eye candy, she can have him. Phin's mood gets darker when she is about to share a massage room with said player, one who Dez says is gay, and she has some moments with Byron that leave her ready to crawl in a hole. My favorite line in this book is from where she decides Byron is not gay. " I noticed something going on in his crotchal region." I laughed out loud, very ready to see where this book took me. Things get odd for Phin. Byron shows up everywhere they go, and she starts to see things might not be going her way. Soon, the book takes a darker turn, and the mystery begins.

This read is a shorter one, it can be read in one sitting, and I was not going to stop until I found out what was going on. This was an enjoyable read, and I cannot wait to see what Avery Hale releases next. I hope good things with sexy twists, because this book has that in spades. And as a bonus, it comes complete with a sinister dirt bag ex that you can't wait to dislike. I give it a 4 out of 5, because it was an interesting story with great characters.

Heidi gives Stealing Phin

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Stealing Phin (The Phinegan Swift Adventures in Life and Love Series) 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great review, Heidi!!! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book :) Your words and opinion mean a lot to me, and I appreciate the time you took to read and write up this review. <3