Come Away With Me (With Me in Seattle #1) by Kristen Proby
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Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.
Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.
Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?
Come Away With Me was not a very good read for me. At first I was entertained by the writing, found much of it quite humorous when it wasn't supposed to be. Really I found it humorous because I didn't think it was very good. But that was fine as at least it was entertaining me. Then I quickly lost interest as it was just sexy time every two seconds, and not good sexy time. Plus some character issues and it was just not the best read.
This is the story of Natalie and Luke. Natalie who is rich from money her deceased parents left her. She takes photos for a living and loves living on Alki beach. And Luke, the famous guy who falls for her. Luke who Natalie doesn't recognize when he first approached her on the beach angry since he thinks she is taking photos of him. That whole first scene was so ridiculous and Natalie is a bit dense. She cannot figure out that Luke might be famous or something, might be rich or famous or something so that people would recognize him while out and about. I mean why would he always be trying to disguise himself if he was not a public figure of some sort? Plus she forgives Luke right away for being a jerk about the camera because he is oh so hot! Easy as that. Then they start hanging out and it just was not realistic. The way they talked throughout the book did not read like normal people speak. It was too...too something. Too stiff and it just didn't read right for me.
Then they start having sexy times and at first that really entertained me. The descriptions of the sexy time made me laugh. I read a few scenes out loud to my husband and he enjoyed it. I know, not what you usually want in those kind of scenes. They were just described in a way that was just ridiculous for me. It was like while reading it I had this monotone voiced guy reading it for some reason. Strange, but then the book turned into pretty much just sexy time and I grew bored of it. It was every two seconds they were having sex or talking about having sex. Dinner with the parents is not even a deterrent! On the way home Luke says how he wanted to have sexy time with her right there at the dinner table, he didn't care who was there. Is that supposed to be hot or swoony or something? Cause it just creeped me out. No sexy time in front of the family! Yuck! Thank goodness it didn't really happen...
Anyways, I skimmed the last half of the book as I said above it was pretty much just sexy time with small breaks. If you don't mind the writing then it might be a good read for you. Oh one other thing that bothered me? Luke's anger. It was never really addressed, but he would get super angry for no reason way too often. Like when they are first hanging out Natalie's guy friend texts her asking if she has plans and Natalie is instantly like oh no! Luke saw this! He will be pissed! And he was...it just read as Natalie has to be careful what she does/who she speaks to so Luke doesn't get angry. Another example? The Brad situation. She has to change the way she works, who she can work for and such, because Luke gets super angry? I'm sorry but no. That would have been screw you and your irrational jealous anger. That is not cool. And sometimes I didn't even understand why he was angry, he just would be. Not cool man. Not cool. But it was never brought up as a problem which bugged me. Apparently being easy to anger and having to placate him are just normal things you have to deal with in a relationship. It didn't happen all the time, but enough that it raised red flags for me. Like it could go somewhere bad in the future. It definitely didn't make me happy for the happily ever after...Oh well. Not the book for me.