Wednesday, September 10, 2014

First Encounter by Candy O'Donnell

She didn't only touch his heart... she touched his soul.

Twenty-two year old Eric Holtzer didn't know what hit him when he first encountered Vivian DuCrane in the hotel lobby. Being a Prince from another country did have its benefits--awesome benefits, such as booze, fast cars, and women, but Vivian was something special--and she was about to turn his world upside down!

Misty's Review:

Self-destructive. That's what Eric is (Prince Eric? Kind of kept throwing me off). He's spoiled and bored and lost. Vivian knows what she wants and how to get it, and Eric is not on her list. A match made in heaven. Ha!

First Encounter is told from the male perspective, and I'm still thinking about whether that works for me or not. It's nice to know what Eric's thinking, but sometimes it is more intriguing to see the progressive change in male protagonists through someone else's eyes (just my perspective as a woman). Men are more mysterious when we are not inside their heads. Maybe it's what we don't know about the character that is intriguing. I overthink this stuff, I really do. But Eric is flawed, and we women just love us some flawed heroes!

Vivian is curt. That's the only way to describe it, and the only thing Eric sees in her, especially at their first encounter, is how pretty she is. He doesn't even know how to look for other things in a woman. Vivian is nice to him, but she doesn't fall all over him. I think he likes that because he has already shown that he wants something different, more meaningful in his life--he just doesn't know how to stop the way he is and be something else, and I think that's something a lot of us can relate to.

Please note: First Encounter does have some references to sex and adult themes, though it is not overtly descriptive.

Also, if you are someone who is bothered by minor grammatical and word choice issues, this may not be the right read for you. I try not to let errors in the text color my reviews because every story is unique and thought provoking and every author's voice has value. This story was definitely thought provoking for me. However, like it or not, a book is a whole package, and I guess it's worth a mention.

First Encounter is a cute, quick read that will keep you turning the pages because for some reason, you care about Prince Eric, that big screw-up! Overall, a good chick read that most readers of romance would like. 

Candy O'Donnell was born in Carmichael, California. At the age of twelve, she wrote her first mini book.
She earned a Bachelor's degree in History and Culture. After living with her aunt and uncle for over five years she wished to explore her uncle's Native heritage and did so with vigor. She also has 6 Grad units in Criminal Justice.



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