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Published by Self-published on 8/24/2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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Skye Whitcomb is running from her troubles, and where better to run than Europe? Fresh out of college, she makes quick plans with her best friend Paige and hops on a plane.
\r\nOf course, nothing ever goes as planned—at least not for her. First, Paige has to bail, and Skye’s left to travel alone. Then she meets sweet and sexy Asher Benedict in Paris, and sparks fly after a night together on the train to Rome. He’s all kinds of perfect for her, but the timing couldn’t be worse since she was running from the altar when she left—so the last thing she wants right now is a relationship. But Skye’s about to discover that no matter how far you run, love can find you anywhere.
I had a really good time reading Anywhere by J. Meyers. Maybe you haven’t heard of this indie author gem, but J. Meyers also writes YA paranormal romance (find my reviews of her books here), and I was very eager to get my hands on her new adult debut, Anywhere.
Paige and Skye are traveling Europe after college. They’re young, they’re pretty, they’re – wait a second, did Paige just pee positive on a pregnancy test? Yeah. The epic European adventure for the two best friends comes to a grinding halt, and Paige decides she must go home and tell her boyfriend. Skye has to decide to stay and keep traveling – alone – or also go home and face the music of having jilted her ex-fiance practically at the altar, and disappointing her I-have-high-standards mother. (Who sounds like an uppity bitch, I’mjustsayin‘).
What happens next is a sweet story of learning to rely on yourself, trust that you can count on others and just learn to have the time of your life – anywhere you are.
Let me get this out of the way first: I think Meyers is a stronger paranormal writer than a contemporary writer. I don’t know how or why it would be different, but her paranormal stories just seem to flow much better for me than this NA contemporary one did. It was almost as if some of the narration didn’t fit the puzzle perfectly which threw me off a little bit. Examples I can think of are shorter sentence structures, less description of the world-building, and things like that.
This is a
love lust at first sight book. If that doesn’t jive for you, move on. I can dig it, so it didn’t really bother me, and to be frank, I’ve sort of been there, done that, so it felt pretty realistic.
Anywhere could be a really awesome romcom movie, so get your popcorn, let me just say that now! I totally loved the way Skye and Asher met, carried on, and just sort of rolled with the punches. It’s the kind of love story you tell your grandkids one day: “Well, Junior, grammy and I met while traveling in Europe and then we banged.” Maybe NOT the banging part.
Skye has a lot of personal demons I think many girls can relate to. She’s left a man at the altar (or very nearly) and her mother has expectations of her Skye doesn’t particularly wish to fulfill. For once she would rather live for herself and not for someone else, and I totally got that. She’s also self-deprecating, totally not serious and wants to experience life. She and Asher – well, I spent the better part of Anywhere just aching for something to happen, well – anywhere.
One thing I want to call out is how perfectly Meyers captures this instantaneous romance. It happens, it’s real. It’s happened to me, it felt whirlwind and swept me off my feet in a flurry of feelings and emotions and it was UNSTOPPABLE. That is just how Anywhere felt to me, almost like it transported me back to a great time that, while it may have ended, was still vibrant and full of great times and great emotions for me.
Overall, solid romantical story. A definite recommend.
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