Friday, February 28, 2014

Review & Giveaway -- WHAT GOES AROUND by Anne Bikov

Book Description
What if your loved ones kept ending up hurt, in danger, or even dead?

After Randie Duncan’s brother is killed in a suspicious industrial accident, leaving behind a pregnant fiancée, Randie leaves her dream life in NYC and comes home to Cullville, WA to mourn and heal with her sister, but has no intention of staying there permanently.

Following a painful break-up, Joe Baxter guards his heart carefully, but when well meaning friends match him up with Randie, he can’t fight his immediate attraction to her. As they grow closer, Randie finds herself debating the idea of returning to NYC, but Joe isn’t the only one who finds her magnetic. When a suspected stalker attacks her, things heat up. Joe believes the attacker may be the town’s troublemaker and mill owner’s son, Jared, who is paying too much attention to his late friend’s fiancée, but will he be able to prove it before someone else gets hurt?
     This book has a little bit of everything: heartache, loss, romance, suspense and my favorite part, a HEA.  The story centers around two characters death and how their family/friends lives are affected.   It is told in several different POV’s in order to show how everyone is dealing with the sudden loss of their loved ones. 
      Randie moved back to town and in with her sister after her brother and brother-in-law died in an accident at work.   In the beginning she struggles with accepting the changes in her life.  She was living in NYC working as a waitress enjoying the city life and now is back home to help her sister run her restaurant and raise her three children. 
     Joe feels guilty because he could not do anything to help his best friend, Randie’s brother, survive the accident at work.  He also has no desire to begin any relationship with someone after he has been burned in the past.   
     Kay feels guilty that her sister has uprooted her life in order to help her take care of her family and business.  She wants Randie to be happy and find someone to spend her life with.
      Penny feels lost without Tyler, Randie and Kay’s brother, and is not sure how to move on with her life.  She has a difficult home life and is not sure how much she can handle without cracking.  After receiving an unexpected gift, her life is turned around and she has hope for the future. 
      Mary and Al, Joe’s best friend and his wife, are struggling like everyone else in trying to make sense of the recent tragedy.   They are soon blessed with news that they are expecting another child and couldn’t be happier.
      Questions arise at the mill where the men work as to what caused the accident that cost of lives of two men and how it could have been prevented.  The owner’s son, Jared, is determined to not cost his dad any more money than is necessary for the accident.  
     Soon Randie and Joe start to become closer and just as their relationship is taking off, a stalker sets his sights on Randie.  Penny gets a break and begins to pick up the pieces of her life after Tyler’s death.  Mary and Al are hit with a tragedy and that only strengthens their love for each other.  Jared will go to extreme measures to protect his father’s company, but soon comes to a startling realization that will change his life.
**Provided ARC For Review**
     Once I started this book I could not put it down.  I was hit hard with the loss everyone felt and I wanted to know that everyone would be ok.  There were several parts in this book that I was screaming NOOOOO as it was killing me what was happening.  I really wasn’t sure how much tragedy I could take.  I fell for each of the characters and each time something happened, I wanted to reach out to them and tell them to keep their head up.  Yes, I know that is crazy, but that is how I felt.  
     I don’t want to give you the wrong impression, this book is not all sadness.  There are plenty of happy times for everyone.  I loved how the community seemed to be one big extended family.  No matter what anyone was facing, there was always someone around to help.
     I liked that the story kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next.  There never seemed to be a dull moment. I was happy that in the end, everyone got their HEA.  No, it wasn’t perfect as the only way to make it perfect would have been to have Tyler and Ricky alive; however, it was a good conclusion to a difficult situation.  I would highly recommend this book. 

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Author Bio
Anne lives in the wilds of Northwest Ohio splitting her time between writing and her evil night job (no, it's not what you think). When she's not writing, she's finding new TV shows to add to her already time-consuming line-up, exploring her newly discovered love of blended coffee drinks, and trying to coax her substantially less that vicious dog out from under the bed.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this book. I got it on my kindle but also bought it in paperback. So glad I did. What an amazing read! I give it 5 stars. Can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us!