Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Release Review: All the Way by Kristen Proby

All the Way
by Kristen Proby
William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 9780062674913 ; $15.99

Finn Cavanaugh is known for being a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He owns a successful law firm with his brother and brother-in-law in Manhattan. On the rare occasion that he has down time, he spends it at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. But when Finn’s troubled niece goes to stay with him for the summer, he’s reluctant to take time off from work. That is, until he meets his beautiful new neighbor, London.

London Watson is a Tony Award winning actress on Broadway. When tragedy strikes her family, leaving her alone and injured, she flees Manhattan. Hoping she can figure out how to pick up the pieces of her life, London is convinced that she’ll never be able to return to the stage. But when she meets the charming young girl next door and her sexy uncle, they soon lure London out of her shell as she finally begins to heal from the wounds of her past.

But when London feels confident enough to return to the spotlight, she’s dealt another devastating blow. Will the newfound love between London and Finn be enough to conquer all? Or will it be over before it has a chance to grow?

“Heat, humor, and heart-stopping romance at its best.”
—Jill Shalvis, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“No one writes with the heat and heart of Kristen Proby. I adore her!”
—Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Kristen Proby is our go-to when we want to escape, when we want a love story with a slow burn, a stellar supporting cast, and heroes that have us swooning for days.”
—Christina Lauren, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“A Kristen Proby book is a guarantee of a fantastic romance. Proby always delivers when it comes to heat, heart, humor and ALL THE FEELS.”
—Lauren Blakely, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Kristen Proby’s stories are all sexy, swoon worthy must-reads!”
—Laura Kaye, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

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4 Stars
All the Way is the first novel in Kristen Proby's new Romancing Manhattan series, introducing us to Finn Cavanaugh and London Watson, as well as a slew of secondary characters that we're sure to see again. Finn Cavanaugh is handsome lawyer stuck with the difficult job of being the estate lawyer for London's parents who recently passed in a house fire. London Watson is a broadway beauty queen, though her dreams of continuing her dancing career are put on hold by the fire. It's not the right timing, but sparks fly between the two when they discover they're neighbors at the romantic Martha's Vineyard.

This fast-paced romance sucked me in from the start, with Kristen Proby starting the novel at the height of painful family drama. I immediately liked London, she's a charismatic woman who is both unashamed of her wealth and unaware how different she is from other women. Finn, on the other hand, took me a moment to warm up to, with his directness and desperate need to care for London. He's described so well and I really enjoyed his chapters, so in time I warmed up to him, can't say it's hard to imagine a man wanting to woo a beautiful, successful women by pulling out all the stops. London's life has been much like the drop of a rollercoaster and Finn wants nothing more than to bring her to the top.

"If I'm not mistaken, Finn Cavanaugh just claimed me"

The relationship progresses quickly, but it made for an entertaining, quick read. Each dives headfirst into one another, replacing the usual dating and getting to know each other with serious emotions and some bumps that shake things up a bit. Finn and London engage in some hilarious banter, a bit of delicious smut (Duh!), and there is quite a lot of world development as the characters take their romance from Martha's Vineyard to the skyline of Manhattan. Kristen Proby sets the stage with All the Way, introducing us to London's fellow dancers and revealing that Finn Cavanaugh is not the only handsome lawyer in his family. There's also a hint of mystery, something I hope we see in future books in the series. It's a layered novel, with several plot lines taking place at once before tying together in a neat, sweet bow.

"'There's a shortcut to my place down here,' she says with a wink. 'Just in case you ever need it.'"

Romancing Manhattan is an exciting new series from Kristen Proby and All the Way is a solid introductory novel. Longtime fans will love meeting new characters and new readers will find themselves swooning for the handsome, romantic heroes. I look forward to finding out what's next in this series, especially if we will be getting more of Carter and Quinn.

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