Never again can I say I won’t read a certain genre… Except for Erotica!
Title: A Single Step
Author: Georgia Rose
Publisher: Three Shires Publishing
Date of publication: January 2nd 2014
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: kindly provided by the author (Thank you!)
Number of pages: 291
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Meet Emma Grayson, heroine of The Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories.
‘The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it…but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan…’
Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert for a job through her door which leads her to the Melton Estate. Despite her desire for a solitary existence she finds herself discovering a life she could never have imagined, challenging her independence, her fears and her resistance to love.
Romance is not my cup of tea. Maybe it’s because I’m too busy to think of nice and strong arms to embrace me, or because I prefer to chase monsters down the streets. I’ve never been interested in horses, either. But at times, it’s nice to dip your toe into a new pool and see what happens! And sometimes, you have a good and uncomplicated time with a story you thought weren’t for you but turns out to be able to release the pressure in your body.
I read A Single Step in two days, taking the time to erase all previous ideas I had about romance books and keeping an open mind. I picked the Kindle every time I had a little free time, catching up with the story and its characters between paperwork and chores. And it worked! It was refreshing! I mean, really refreshing! I really enjoyed meeting Emma and getting to know her.
Characterization is Georgia Rose’s best asset! She really nailed the grieving mother without making her a poor and maudlin cliché. She added layers to her character’s story so that everyone could find a connection and relate to some point to what had happened to her.
I’d been left feeling as if all that remained of me was a shell: a hollow fragile version of my former self.
Emma’s story is (unfortunately) not new, but it was very well-written, blended in her new life so we never got never-ending sad pages of the worst happening. The author managed to add something different to a situation that too often happens. I’m being vague on purpose! What I really liked about Emma was her ideas and plans being totally ruined by the new job and everything that came with it. Aiming to live as a recluse, she ends up surrounded and helped, finding herself in the middle of a crowd instead of in the silence of a room.
The other characters all brought different sides of people, and created a wonderful place to live in. I felt the warmth of the landlords, I got a piece of the feeling of satisfaction after a good day, I was happy a dog was included. I can’t help it, I do believe it helped me feel closer to Emma. The first part of the book set a nice place and new life I was glad to read about, although there’s so much you can read about horses before starting to yawn!!!
I knew some would say she was only a dog but to me she was a lot more than that, she was all I had.
Now off to the plot. Yep, there’s a plot. I’m still so surprised when there’s any kind of plot in romance stories, haha! I saw the sparkle very early on, but Emma’s heart and mind weren’t ready and I think I really became hooked on the story when things got complicated after the 50% mark. The author puts a life of routine to an halt with events I did not see coming, and then slowly unravels deeper threads to her book. I won’t give names regarding love interests because it’s no fun this way! It would be like giving you the serial killer’s name in a crime book review! Just know it was not easy, and it was original enough so I did not roll my eyes! The “complications” were perfectly realistic and allowed the romance to be taken on another level, with its complications and its consequences. I really loved the surprise and I love it when a story is unpredictable this way! Georgia takes love betrayal to a different level, but not only. Love is more than a noun, and people react different ways to it. I was happy to get a thrilling romance trip and a situation I was definitely not expecting!!
Overall, A Single Step starts slow, giving the reader the time to settle before really putting the second gear and offering a heart-warming story with quite a bit of action for the genre, with interesting untied threads for you to want to grab the next book!
I would like to thank Georgia Rose for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.
You can find A Single Step and the following books on Amazon!
Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. Following completion of the trilogy she has been asked for more and so has written a short story based on a favourite character from the series. Therefore, the latest to join the stable is The Joker and for the first time all her books are available free, with Kindle Unlimited.
Georgia is in the editing phase of her fourth novel, this time it’s a standalone called Parallel Lies.
She has also recently started running workshops and providing one-to-one support for those wishing to learn how to self-publish and you can find her, under her real name, at www.threeshirespublishing.com.
Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!
Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing.
Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, married and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage!