Set Me Free
Publication date: July 8th 2016
Genres: Gothic, New Adult, Romance
Miranda Lewis is desperate to get away from her controlling ex–so desperate she leaves him in the middle of the night. She ends up on a remote island off the Maine coast, where she befriends a bubbly shopkeeper, Claire, and becomes fascinated with Claire’s son, big, brooding Owen Larsen, a woodworker who keeps to himself. Even the friendliest locals here are secretive–and Owen is at the center of their secrets.
Still, Miranda loves the salt air, the craggy coastline, and, most of all, the work of the island’s beloved local painter, Suzanna White. Miranda wants to stay–to claim a life of her own, to paint again. But the longer she stays, the more her fascination with Owen increases. Why is there a painting of his stern, handsome face in the art gallery by the beach? And why is everyone so afraid of him?
Panty Scorching – 4.0
Storyline – 5.0
Angst – 3.0
Tissues – 0
Value – 5.0
Overall – 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin
Miranda is trying to outrun her abusive past when she ends up in on a small island off of Maine. The small town charms her even if the locals seem a little wary. Especially with their open dislike of Owen, the son of the coffee shop owner. Trying to fit in and start over, Miranda senses there is a secret about Owen that no one seems to want to share with her. Add in a dead mysterious painter that everyone seemed to worship and Miranda is determined to figure out what’s going on. If only her past doesn’t discover where she is first.
“This whole time, I’d tried it, and I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t enough for me. I deserved so much more. I deserved a man who could love me as much as I loved him.
And Owen, too, deserved to be happy, to be free, finally, after all this time. But he could never be free of the prison he’d made for himself if he didn’t want to be.”
I definitely loved the mystery feel of this romance. This was a pretty quick read, and I really couldn’t understand the town’s obsession with Suzanne. Poor Owen. He became the pariah of the small town and they never let him forget it. I don’t want to give anything away but I did enjoy going along with Miranda while she tried to sleuth out what the deal was with Suzanne and why everyone was so mean to Owen. All of this while also navigating her own healing from the issues that caused her to run.
When you need a quick mystery and suspense romance for the beach, why not give this one a try. I loved the small town feel where everyone grew up knowing each other. It was really different from the books I normally read.
Hello! I’m London, a writer, lawyer, and life-long New Englander. I write all flavors of romance, from surreal fantasy romances to raw gritty contemporaries. I also write across the gender and sexuality spectrums. Everything I write is a little bit funny, a little bit sad, and probably kind of strange.
You might know me from Wattpad–my Wattpad Featured Read, Set Me Free, a Gothic romance, will be released as an ebook and in print in summer 2016.
My gritty erotic romance, Breathe, is currently being serialized on Radish, a free app. It will be released in ebook/print as well sometime after Set Me Free.
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