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All the Way by Kristen Proby
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3 - So many highs and lows...

Kristen Proby begins her new Romancing Manhattan series by bringing us Finn Cavanagh and London Watson’s story in All the Way.

"I don’t like watching you struggle…"

"…It seems to be a part of life these days"


Having read over thirty books by this author now, I think I have in general got her measure in regards to the quality of her writing and style in delivery. And if I am being honest All the Way felt like it had been written out of obligation rather than the author having any real investment in it. The story, characters and general development for me felt extremely weak and lackluster.

"I want you…"

"…I’m right here."

"Once I start… I’m not going to stop."


London as a character is dealing with the death of her parents in a house fire, one that began in suspicious circumstances, a brother with serious addiction problems, and the potential end of her performing career due to injuries sustained escaping the aforementioned fire. Pretty heavy stuff for one woman to be contending with, yet she seemed to float through most days on a cloud of narcissistic self-reflection without ever really showing a huge amount of emotion or grief over what had happened or really dealing with the issues at hand.

"This isn’t just sex for me… I don’t know where it might lead but as far as I’m concerned, I’m in something important here…"

Finn; meanwhile, is an absolute control freak, and goes the wrong way about showing his affection for her pretty much every time he tries. I have to admit I found his initial expression of interest in London, straight after the reading of her parents will a little skeevy, but London did kick him into touch straight away. Problem being though when they meet up again at the beach shortly after, all is forgotten and they dive almost immediately into a weird relationship. By weird I mean that it was almost as it they were an estranged couple reuniting, rather than a new couple who were getting to know each other as more than friends.

Although as always, All the Way wasn’t a struggle to read, for me everything just felt extremely superficial, the reasons for the fire were barely mentioned until the latter stages of the book, her brothers addiction was brushed aside as something that London had dealt with for years and therefore didn’t really care to worry about anymore and I found myself disliking her for it, if there had been more basis given to her reasons in that area I think I could have found a little more empathy for her, but she essentially came across as a woman that had inherited the bulk of her extremely wealthy parents estate, and was happy to leave her brother, (who in her defence did come across as a total douchebag) to flounder and deal with his demons in whatever way he could with little or no support from her.

"I’m glad you’re here."

But my main disappointment was the actual relationship between London and Flynn, it just lacked all the emotional connection and zips of chemistry that I have come to expect from Kristen’s couples. There was very little about either of them that really stood out, and by the end of the book I felt like I hadn’t really learned anything new about them over and above what is imparted in the first couple of chapters, well nothing that I liked anyway.

I am being super critical here, because I know what this author can and usually achieves, and although I appreciate and respect the amount of work that goes into the writing and delivery of any type of book, I just don’t think Kristen Proby offered up anything like her best work on this occasion, more a case of provided the bare minimum of what was required without putting any of her usual flare, depth or attention to detail into it, and that I have come to expect with her books and series in general.

Still an acceptable start to a series and I do look forward to getting to know the rest of the Cavanagh family, hopefully in more depth through future books.

ARC generously provided via Edelweiss, in exchange for the above honest review.
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Reading Progress

August 31, 2017 – Shelved
August 31, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
July 28, 2018 – Started Reading
July 28, 2018 – Shelved as: shit-hot-series
July 28, 2018 –
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July 29, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by KAS (new)

KAS Sorry this one disappointed a bit, Claire, but glad you are still looking forward to the next in this series. Terrific review!! xoxo


Claire Robinson KAS wrote: "Sorry this one disappointed a bit, Claire, but glad you are still looking forward to the next in this series. Terrific review!! xoxo"

Thanks, KAS xxx


Lora Borzelleca I literally want to copy ur review as my own....i feel exactly the same way. I actually had to check the cover while in the middle of the book to make sure it was Kristen Proby who wrote it. This book didn't seem like her at all. I have LOVED every book she wrote....up until now.


Claire Robinson Lora wrote: "I literally want to copy ur review as my own....i feel exactly the same way. I actually had to check the cover while in the middle of the book to make sure it was Kristen Proby who wrote it. This b..."

Thanks, Lora. Glad I am not the only one who thought this was not the author's best effort. x


message 5: by Pam (new) - rated it 3 stars

Pam I'm glad it wasn't just me. The whole book just felt off. And the ending? It just stopped. What happened with her career? I felt like something was missing.


Claire Robinson Thanks Pam. Definitely not one of her better ones 😞


Souki Great review. It’s definitely not a favorite, the story lacked a story! No character development nothing, I didn’t even like the characters- definitely not Finn and London is meh- the dialogue everything very disappointing


Claire Robinson Thanks, Souki. It really was lacking, compared to others she's written.


Lyndy Ann ♫ Fantastic honest review C we both seem to feel the same about this one. 🤓💋


Claire Robinson Thanks LA 😊 It seems to have missed the mark with a few people 😞


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