Monday, February 10, 2020

Book Review: When Adam Met Evie

By Sara Steven

When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now reluctantly Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a disguise… and he’s just found it.

Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

This was the perfect debut novel from Guilia Skye. Right from the get go, I fell right in step with “Adam” and his quest in trying to escape his life, instantly endearing me to his character and what he’s trying to achieve. And when he runs into Evie? That scene went down as one of the most cringe-worthy (in a good way) scenarios I’ve ever encountered, but it set the tone for the way both characters relate and identify with one another. It was with a definite bang!

When the pair are on the road, or making multiple stops along the way, it gave the reader an in-depth look into their personalities and backstories. We also got to witness majestic scenery, wild and brazen, like many of the scenes that occur between Adam and Evie, and it was all very much appreciated! Hot and steamy, just like the Australian landscape.

Paradise is tainted with much of the baggage that Adam carries along with him, and I could feel the frustration for him, and for Evie. I understood Adam’s need for anonymity, yet on the other hand I’d wanted him to live the life he really wants to live, regardless of the repercussions. That showed real character evolvement, in witnessing his need to grow up some and really decide on what (and who) is most important to him.

There were many moments that dealt with tipping scales and figuring out what’s right, for the person involved. This happened for both Adam and for Evie, and it was nice to see that as When Adam and Evie progresses. And while I’m not the one who ordinarily casts celebrities in the roles of the characters in a book, I couldn’t help but picture Michael Phelps for Adam, and Emma Watson as Evie. I thought the premise was unique and refreshing throughout, and well worth the five stars I’ve given it!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable - and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.

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