No Way Back by Kelly Florentia ~Contemporary Fiction #Romance @kellyflorentia #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Kelly Florentia

Published: September 2017 by Urbane Publications

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review


When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma… Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s ready for.

Audrey Fox is lost and devastated when her wedding is called off by professional photographer Nick, her fiancé of eight years. It seems he’s not ready for marriage, unable to make the final commitment and wants to carry on as they are.

Audrey’s having none of it—it’s now or never. So there she is, spending what should have been her wedding day in Cyprus, with her parents at their rented villa. It was something she could never have envisaged, and to make matters worse she had the hangover from hell. Things were made even more surreal when a bombshell was dropped into the conversation during dinner.

Audrey has vague recollections of the evening that preceded the hangover—a handsome man, a lost shoe, lots of dancing and drinking…and making a fool of herself. She’s mortified when Daniel, the man who’s lap she fell into, speaks to her as she spends her last day in Cyprus on the beach, telling her he handed her lost shoe to the manager of the restaurant.

I watch as he struts along the beach, taking long smooth strides. I wonder if he’s a professional model, he certainly has the right height and physique for it. Or, perhaps, he’s some kind of ex-athlete. I can just see him on the racetrack in navy shorts and a red, white and blue vest, pounding across the finishing line, his strong arms raised in triumph to the roar of the crowd. Hmmm… I wonder; and just then he looks back and waves. I drop my head quickly, hurrying back to my sun lounger with a small smile on my face. Men. They’re all the bloody same, aren’t they?

As she’s returning to London, Audrey learns Nick has been in a serious motorcycle accident and is now in a coma. Her secretive visits to Nick lead to some unexpected, and very unwelcome, discoveries and situations. Meanwhile her mother is doing her best to get Audrey and Daniel together. Audrey’s future is looking more complicated than she ever thought possible.

There’s quite a lot going on in this story with a large cast of characters, all with their own stories playing out alongside Audrey’s, and with some surprising links. Audrey begins to wonder who she can trust. There are secrets, betrayals, dramas and complications.

I enjoyed the flowing, quite fast paced plot and easy reading style. It makes a refreshing change to have a more mature main character who doesn’t have the perfect body and hair that always behaves itself, whatever the weather. The characters are well crafted, giving a good insight into what makes them tick. Kelly Florentia has achieved a good balance between humour and emotional impact. Audrey has choices to make and the ending is open to interpretation…but luckily the sequel is already published. I loved the relevance of the cover, too…and that pop of red.

I chose to read and review No Way Back based on a digital copy of the book, kindly supplied by the author.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US | Hive 

About the Author

Kelly Florentia was born and bred in north London, where she continues to live with her husband Joe. HER SECRET (2018) is her third novel and the sequel to NO WAY BACK (2017). Kelly has always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when she was younger. Before penning her debut The Magic Touch (2016), she wrote short stories for women’s magazines. To Tell a Tale or Two… is a collection of her short tales. In January 2017, her keen interest in health and fitness led to the release of Smooth Operator – a collection of twenty of her favourite smoothie recipes. As well as writing, Kelly enjoys reading, running, drinking coffee, scoffing cakes, watching TV dramas, and spending way too much time on social media.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook  

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