Series: The Brightside, #3
Author: Katie Delahanty
Publication Date: October 24, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
My name is Amanda Conrad and I. Am. A doctor.
When my cousin Liv whisked me away to South Africa to be maid of honor in her super-secret celebrity wedding, I was about to begin a five-year residency at NYU and was on my way to becoming a plastic surgeon. My plans definitely did not include a rock-star best man sweeping me off my feet.
But what happened in South Africa needed to stay there—he’d return to his touring and I’d start my residency, with our fond memories of a whirlwind, fairy-tale week. But now nothing feels right—I’m questioning my once solid plans, and I can’t stop thinking about him. Our lives are so different… Am I ready to risk everything I’ve worked for since I was thirteen—and put my heart on the line? To dream bigger than I ever thought possible? To believe I can have it all? That’s the thing about growing up…sometimes you have to be brave enough to redefine happily ever after.
Believe is a frustrating book for me to review. I had to give it 3 stars when I wanted to give it at least a 4. It had potential for greatness, but lacked something.
Katie Delahanty’s writing was really good. I loved the characters she created and the situations she put them in. Amanda was perfectly imperfect. She had so much going for her with her career, but she lacked self-confidence. Her self-doubt took over her life, and it was so easy to relate to and empathize with her feelings of inadequacy on all accounts. There were times that I wanted to give her a good shake and point out all the great things about her because that’s what I would do for a friend.
My frustration with Believe comes from the hero, Mark. I loved the way he was when he was actively courting Amanda. He was sweet and said all of the right things. All of the other times I wasn’t quite sure what to think of him. He sort of came off as a jerk. In a way, that fit the story. It drove part of Amanda’s storyline. It would have been nice to have Mark’s point of view included. What he was thinking the entire time would have been a strong addition to the story. Knowing his thoughts would have cemented how I felt about him, made him a man I swooned after.
Amanda and Mark had amazing chemistry. It was so sensual and extremely cute. I would have liked to experience more of it and less of them pushing each other away. But that would have changed the story and I really liked the story!
Overall, Believe was a fun, relatable story. I enjoyed reading it and plan on going back and reading the first two books in the series.