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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOOK REVIEW ❤ Rolling in the Deep by Rebecca Rogers Maher

TITLE : Rolling in the Deep
AUTHOR: Rebecca Rogers Maher
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Netgalley
PUBLISHED: November 10th 2015 by Loveswept

In this raw, moving novel for readers of Jill Shalvis, Molly O’Keefe, and Karina Halle, two kindred spirits share a winning lottery ticket—and discover what it really means to get lucky.

Holly Ward is stretched to the breaking point, raising her young son alone and working long hours for minimum wage at a local superstore. Sure, she’s noticed the new guy with the easy grin and warm brown eyes, but she’s learned the hard way that relationships aren’t worth the pain. Still, when he invites her to split a lottery ticket, she figures a little innocent fun couldn’t hurt. The last thing she expects is to score big, which is exactly what happens . . . in more ways than one.

From the moment he meets Holly, Ray Lopez is drawn to her quiet dignity and openhearted beauty. And when they hit the jackpot together, he’s thrilled that the single mom can give her kid a better life. The only problem is the chaos surrounding them: lawyers and reporters swarming, friends and family angling to get their cut. In all the chaos, Ray discovers an oasis of calm and passion in Holly. But with the stakes higher than ever, winning her trust could cost him everything.

Sadly, Rolling in the Deep was a DNF at 74%. I wanted to like this story, it’s not every day I find a story about someone winning the lottery. But I found I  had a hard time connecting with the characters. There was nothing about the heroine, Holly that I liked. She continued to allow her abusive ex-husband to mistreat her, sometimes in front of their young son. She’s just so weak and unsure of herself for most of what I read that I gave up on the possibility of redemption. Any possibility of her standing up to ex at this point would have felt faked and rushed. I liked the idea of Ray, but other than him loving his mother, there was nothing there. He continued to do work that wasn’t his passion even after having the means to go after his dream. Rolling in the Deep had the potential to be a very good read, but unremarkable characters and an underdeveloped romance made me walk away from this story several times never to return.

*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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