Title: Someone Like You
Author: Victoria Purman
Opening lines: ‘…Lizzie Blake gripped her fingers into a tight fist and raised her knuckles to the salt-scarred front door …’
SOMEONE LIKE YOU is the second book in Victoria Purman’s ‘Boys of Summer’ trilogy and I can assure you that far from being boys the male leads are all man!!!! I read the first book Nobody But Him last year and really enjoyed it, so was ecstatic when I scored an advanced copy for this one from the publisher. Lizzie and Dan both appeared in the first book as supporting characters, very much attracted to each other but their time hadn’t come at that point. Now the time has arrived and the two of them are front and centre of SOMEONE LIKE YOU, both carrying baggage and not sure if they are ready to take the extra step to become a couple. Dan has retreated from life after a devastating accident that he was lucky to have survived. He is locked away in his beachside shack and sees no one and eating very little. His boss, and neighbour, Ry is concerned for him and arranges for Lizzie to deliver a meal from the pub she manages to Dan’s house each night. Gradually the barriers come down between the two and things get very hot in the beach shack! Of course this wouldn’t be even a decent romance if there weren’t some major misunderstandings that keep the ‘should be loved up’ duo apart. And there is a very good one. Reality tells the reader to yell at Dan and Lizzie “Just talk to each other” but they don’t and to be honest deep down this is really what the reader wants – lots of angst before the melt into each other’s arms moment! Julia and Ry, the main couple from ‘Nobody but him’, appear as well, and while it was lovely to catch up with them again and see what their plans are, the sizzle all comes from Dan and Lizzie.
SOMEONE LIKE YOU does have a few really good subplots going on to break up the sexual tension; there is lots of laughter, some drama, a few twists and turns, walks along the beach, a summer Christmas and a beachside wedding. The setting is on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, and Middle Point is a laid back fictional seaside town based on a real community called Middleton located near Victor Harbour and just a hop skip and a jump from two of South Australia’s wine regions. I really liked the first book, loved this one and can hardly wait for the final book to come out. In fact the final book in the ‘Boys of Summer’ trilogy is due for release later in 2014 and I have guessed correctly (lips are zipped) who the focus is going to be on and I cannot wait!
Rating: A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.
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With thanks to Harlequin (Australia) Mira and the author for my copy to read and review
Someone Like You by Victoria Purman is book # 7 for AWW2014