Review: Romantic Road by Blair McDowell

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ROMANTIC ROAD presents a fresh, unique concept that caught me by surprise, yet I couldn’t help laughing at the sheer naughtiness of it.

When Lacy Telchev’s husband died, he sent her on a quest to retrieve chapters of his latest, inflammatory manuscript that he left with previous lovers, thus setting her out on a “romantic road”. The cheek of that man! Yet, from what Lacy and the other women revealed, that is soooo Igor that they couldn’t help but be charmed and can only laugh. Along the way, she was pursued by bad guys, was kidnapped and hurt. Will Lacy come out of this alive? Moreover, what will it mean to Lacy when the truth about Igor’s past is revealed?

Lacy is a bit naive when it comes to cloak and dagger stuff. But having lived the life of an ordinary, average person, that is quite normal, so when Igor threw her into the midst of the intrigue of his life, she was quite out of her depth. I have to say she tried her best to cope and to adapt to the situation as fast as she can. If it weren’t for Max, however, she probably would’ve been worse off.

Oh, who is Max? This crazy guy who’s supposed to be on vacation, but instead he wound up helping Lacy in her mission. It wouldn’t be remiss to say he’s got the hots for her. While his real identity was revealed at the end of the book, causing some conflict with Lacy, you do get hints of his profession throughout the book.

The story was slow to build up. The excitement starts when she finds the cash and passports that Igor left for her and asks her to go on a quest for him. The trip across Europe was peppered with vivid and clear descriptions of the places that either Ms. McDowell had done a thorough research or she’d been to those places. It certainly made for better reading, as I can envision the places clearly and it feels as though I were there.

The author’s writing flows and is easy to follow, and there’s a balanced mix of action and relaxing moments. However, it is my opinion the story could’ve done with more suspenseful tension. While there was some romance, the story could’ve benefited from more tension and development in this aspect, too. For readers interested to know, while there are some sex scenes, the bedroom door was closed. However, that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.

One thing that bugged me is: If Igor had finished the manuscript, why didn’t he just send it on to his publisher? Why send Lacy on the quest and put her life in danger?

Actual rating is 3.5 stars. Overall, ROMANTIC ROAD is interesting, intriguing and stayed with me for some time after I finished the book.

Rating: 4 stars

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Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

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Summary:

When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly, Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets.

Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest. Along the way, she meets three women from Igor’s past.

As Igor’s story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?

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