Review Tour: The Debt by Karina Halle
Her life changed in an instant. And he's the only one who could have prevented it. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pact and The Lie comes a new standalone contemporary romance about those McGregor men. Jessica Charles shouldn't have even been in London when the unthinkable happened. She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, having drinks with her sister or doing yoga with her group of friends. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always. But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica's world changed forever. Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes. That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again. Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you've got pretty much the perfect Scotsman. Except Keir is anything but perfect. He's got a past he's running away from and a guilty conscience he can't seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her. And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart. He may have been a stranger to her. But she’s never been a stranger to him.
*** 3 Star Review ***
I had been waiting and waiting for this book. I couldn't wait to pick it up. I started it as soon as it hit my Kindle...
This journey that Karina takes us on is definitely a bumpy road. It's full of obstacles and hurdles for both characters. The amount of internal pain, emotional scars and battle wounds these two characters possess gives a powerful story of self-healing and coming together.
I will admit, my rating is probably throwing everyone reading this off. When I read this, I was in a horrible book slump. All of the books I was reading all bled together. They weren't keeping my attention. This one fell into that slump, unfortunately.
Karina's writing is always so real and raw and imaginative. I don't disagree that it was all of that in this book. However, it just wasn't jiving for me. Although it was emotional and rocky, it just wasn't keeping my attention. It moved too slow for me. It was missing something. I am not sure what. This book just didn't have the wow factor many of her past works did. I found myself wanting to just skip to the end.
I can see how so many absolutely adored this book. I think that at this point in time, this book isn't a book for my mind-set. Many of you who are Karina fans will most likely love this book. Those of you looking for a book full of emotions, you will love this book. If you are looking for something full of action or drama to keep you on the edge of your seat, this might be one you put off until you want something a little more slow-moving.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK. Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.