Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the product company and/or its affiliates in any way.
The sweet romance story by Violet Sparks begins with a vivid introduction of Katrina Crimshaw engaging in a research project for a client of the financial investment firm where she works. Her thoughts begin to focus on the tediousness of the project when suddenly her attention is drawn to a figure standing just a few feet away from the library conference table where she sits. Within those first few moments of reading, Violet Sparks does an excellent job at quickly drawing me into Katrina Crimshaw’s world as she unexpectedly crosses paths with Robert LaSalla. He is someone she secretly admired in her not so distant past.
Ms. Sparks presents the story in such a way that I could feel Katrina’s nervous excitement consume her as she reunites with Robert. From that point on, the story centers on Katrina’s life as a financial auditor by day and an exquisite jewelry enthusiast blogger by night. Katrina works to conceal her identity by writing under a pen name and for awhile, she is able to keep the two worlds apart.
As the story progresses, Katrina’s jewelry blog brings her in contact with a museum director who display a great deal of admiration for her and her blog articles. The two begin working on a dream project together and soon, things turn romantic. However, just as things are heating up with Katrina and her museum director, Robert returns to her world as her new boss. Katrina now finds herself juggling old feelings for Robert with the new feelings for the museum director. She also must maintain her secret identity in the process.
Ms. Sparks gives this book everything I would expect a great romance novel to contain. While reading the book, my emotions bounced back and forth with Katrina as she struggles to keep everything in balance. I could feel her frustration over Robert at times while clearly understanding that her frustration is a direct result of the growing romantic feelings she has for him. As the two work closely together on various client projects, Katrina finds it harder to deny how she feels for her new boss.
There are two distinct events in the book where Katrina attends a formal event. Ms. Spark’s descriptive writing ability truly shines when creating a vision of each event for myself and others who read this book. I could easily identify with Katrina’s brief struggle over spending an insane amount of money on one dress yet feeling so amazing in that dress that she simply had to have it. The vivid details of her dresses are easy to envision as Katrina attends both events, which makes it easy to appreciate Robert’s reactions both times.
It would have been nice for Ms. Sparks to draw the story out a little bit longer as the ending felt a bit rushed. However, the ending did not disappoint and left me imagining what came next in the life of Katrina Crimshaw!
A Solitary Romance is an absolute read for fans of romance novels. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great distraction from everyday life. I am already looking forward to reading the next two books in this series by Violet Sparks.
*Aprel received a copy of A Solitary Romance from Books and the Bear as part of their current book tour taking place for this particular book.