I was lucky enough to read this book after the author reached out to me. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.
Radoslav cannot get the girl with the pink hair out of his mind. Her missing cat thrust them into the same world. The war-torn country that had him working with the people that put her into that refugee camp to begin with. With the want for happiness and a fifteen-foot fence in their way, the world around them seems bleak. Maybe a chance at happiness isn’t as far away as she thinks. The person that she least expects to help her may actually be her savior.
The relationship between Radoslav and Dunya left me wanting a happier ending. I felt as if at some point, the knight in shining armor aspect was lost when I thought about the story as a whole. There were moments where I saw their relationship blossom, but I didn’t think that there was one side where I wasn’t convinced it was a genuine love. I tried and wanted to believe that Dunya had real feelings for Radoslav. I saw the feelings he had very clearly. I felt as if it was a relationship of convenience. I did find connections to historical moments that were an interesting dynamic to their relationship.
As someone who has studied history, I was able to see the small nods to moments that are well known. I noticed that the story did move quickly. The chapters were short and we were thrust right into the story. I did appreciate that because I did not read the fist two books in the series. I wanted to see if this was a standalone or I needed to read what came before it. Except for meeting characters for the first time, in my eyes, I found it was easy to follow. Although, I did find out later that those characters were from Wrong Place, which is another book in the trilogy. While the book was very short, I did feel as if I was immersed into the world of Radoslav and Dunya.
My Rating: This book was definitely hard for me to rate. I found this book to be quick and enjoyable, but I was left with wanting more build to the story. I did like Radoslav and Dunya, but I found their relationship dynamic lacking in some ways. I was hoping that they would choose their paths wisely and be able to make it out together. It was hard to get into an instant love style story that had me waiting. I love romantic suspense stories. This book is right up my alley. I struggle to read books that have no suspense in them. I want to be kept on my toes. This book did that for me. Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. While I did enjoy the suspense and romance, I couldn’t get past how quick it ended. I absolutely think you should read this book if you want a little more spice in your reading. If you love romances that are real world based, this is your story.
I hope this review helps you in making your next book choice. Happy reading!
DISCLAIMER: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.