Title: The Clover Chapel (Jamison Valley #2)
Author: Devney Perry
Release Day: May 30th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is what I get for not reading a book blurb or any reviews and just requesting it because I’ve seen it literally on every blog this past few weeks. The Clover Chapel is the second book in the Jamison Valley series by a new (to me) author, I have to say I enjoyed the author’s writing style and how the story pulled me in from the first pages, even though I hadn’t read the previous one. Despite me not liking the book as much as I hoped I would, I read it in hours and it was entertaining; a lot of reviews mention how similar the writing and storytelling is to Kristen Ashley and I have to agree.
The story starts with a Vegas wedding. Emmeline meets Nick in Vegas and they hit it off so much that they decide to get married right there, in the Clover chapel. The next day, Nick is gone and Emmeline finds a letter with sorry written on it. Fast forward nine years later, she is a teacher in Montana and guess who she runs into… *gasp* Nick! Although she’s in a serious relationship with a guy back in NYC, Logan, she agrees to go out on a few dates with Nick so he can prove to her how he’s sorry and why she should take him back. And the story goes downhill from there. Drama, drama, and even more drama.
I had a lot of issues with this one. The elopement, I’ve read a lot of books tha feature a Vegas wedding and usually the two married people don’t go almost a decade without seeing each other. The time jump, nine years is a lot to be married to a guy you only met once and not really giving a crap that he can’t be located. I’m not a fan of huge time jumps in second change romance because to me, it’s just not believable so this really bothered me.
The boyfriend, Logan is only mentioned a couple of times and then he drops by when he learns about the husband, but immediately breaks up with her because she’s clearly still in love with a dude she hasn’t seen in a decade. The insta love, this is insta love x2 and I rolled my eyes so hard, both times. The drama, a lot of stuff goes down around 90% that were just utter BS to fill up the pages and create something dramatic as if the story wasn’t over the top enough, just to give you a hint, lots of kidnappings happen in this book and lots of betrayals for money. Find something new to create drama about, authors…
The MCs, the hero gave me strong KA feels, all alpha male stuff that just does things for her own good without explanation and expect to be forgiven just because… how about hell no? And the heroine is totally unconvincing, I mean a five-year steady relationship vs a one night stand wedding a decade ago? Sure Jan. The heroine, despite her NYC upbringing with an over controlling vicious father, is really very naive. First for getter married like that and then for trusting an investigator for a decade who couldn’t locate her estranged husband because he had given her his middle name not his first name, I mean, really? REALLY?
I did read it in one sitting and it was fast paced, plus there’s a lot of sweet teaching moments that I enjoyed, but over all, nothing new to offer.