Title: Finding Autumn
Author: Beth Michele
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
Release Date: March 27, 2014
My name is Autumn Winters.
The truth is, that's the biggest lie I've ever told.
My real name is Olivia Redmund. Autumn Winters is the curtain I hide behind. You see, I write bestselling erotic romance novels. But my life is far from erotic. The only fantasy exists in my head.
The day I met Hunter Grayson, that all changed. A handsome stranger on a train who turned my world upside down, made me think and feel things I never knew were possible.
But he's hiding, too.
What happens when I slowly realize that who I truly am is more similar to who I'm pretending to be? I want to be brave enough to tell the world, but the fear is crippling.
Fear of myself. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what others will think.
But life is too short to be afraid.
And I'm so damn tired of hiding.
**This is an Adult Contemporary Romance and due to strong language and sexual content, is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
"This feels like so much more than just a kiss. It feels like a confession."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Autumn Winters is a successful erotic romance writer but she only wishes she could be as confident and forward in the bedroom department as the characters she writes. After a chance meeting on the train with Hunter Grayson, Autumn realises there is no time like the present to unleash her alter ego. Autumn isn't brave enough to reveal her true identity to Hunter, who has quickly captured her mind and body but Autumn may be left shattered when she discovers some hidden truths about Hunter too.
Hunter and Autumn intrigued me as characters, I liked the secrets they both had as they withheld the information to protect themselves (and let's face it they had only met for a mere matter of hours) and their hearts. I liked that the book had both Autumn and Hunter's point of view, this worked well as both characters had a story to tell.
Hunter really was my favourite part of this book, he seemed like a genuinely sweet guy and his back story had me feeling protective of him, I felt his hurt and his guilt. I would have loved for this story to be full length so I could get to know him better and truly fall for him.
I like Beth Michele's writing; this is the second book I have read by her. From the onset, I was shocked at how brazen both characters were, this is a different side to Beth's writing but I loved it. Hunter was a sexy, sexy man! I'm not going lie, the 'twinkle twinkle, little star' scene had me cringing, I'm not convinced that has a place in an adult contemporary novel but Hunter's dirty mouth made me quickly forget all about it! ;-)
I liked the epilogue and the time frame in which Hunter and Autumn confessed their feelings, as my aversion to instalove usually spikes during novellas, but this was done in a very sweet and realistic way and had me ending the book on a happy note.
I think there is a certain knack when writing a novella in order to make you feel satisfied when it's finished, I can only think of one or two I have read that ticked all the boxes. Even though Finding Autumn was a quick, fun and flirty read it did leave me wanting more and I felt the climax (pardon the pun) could have been more original and perhaps not resolved as easily? I think Hunter's brother and Autumn's bff will have a book in the works, it seems set up that way and I would love more from Hunter and Autumn too.
If you are looking for a sweet, sexy read then look no further than Finding Autumn.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Whoa. Talk about hot and fast! This steamy novella was more than I expected.
Olivia Redmond, who writes as Autumn Winters, is an author in the erotica genre. She has been burned by her past. She spends hers days engrossed in the lives of her characters. Hunter Grayson is a hot and sexy CEO of a software company. A chance meeting changes their lives forever. During their time together they both bare themselves to each other while still hiding the truth. Hiding is something they're both good at, but sparks fly when they realized they were meant to be found-by each other.
Olivia and Hunter had immediate chemistry. You felt their connection the minute they met. It was hot, exciting, and passionate. I am not a huge fan of novellas as I feel it can be hard to connect to the characters. However, the author did a great job at allowing me to connect to both Olivia and Hunter in such a short amount of time. Olivia and Hunter's connection was genuine and their feelings for each other, very strong. The story flowed well and I really liked the writing style.
Overall, Finding Autumn was an enjoyable read. I would love to see their story continued in a full length novel. Their story is far from over. If you are looking for a hot, steamy, and quick read then this is the one for you.
"Shit,” I mumble to myself when I spy the pink vibrator, glaring proof of my non-existent sex life now on public display. “God damn it,” I utter again, shaking my head and scrambling to grab it, when I notice a pair of beautiful, masculine hands scooping up my belongings. Completely mortified, my cheeks flush a deep red, and I’m silently praying he hasn’t spotted my favorite sex toy.
My eyes make their way from the ground, climbing past the hands and up the length of strong, muscular arms to an absolutely gorgeous face, and I take a hard swallow. A chiseled jaw with a hint of stubble, irises the color of aged brandy, a sharp, sculptured nose, and perfectly tousled hair that matches his hypnotic eyes. I don’t realize that I’m staring until his lips quirk up into a grin.
Could I be any more obvious?
He tosses the items back in my purse and nods toward the vibrator. “I’ll let you handle that one,” he offers, his voice a rich timbre to my ears. “Although,” he whispers, leaning in close, “I’m sure I could put it to good use.”
My mouth drops open in surprise, just as he reaches his thumb out to skim my bottom lip.
“I’m pretty sure I could put this sexy mouth to good use, too.”
Beth Michele is the author of Love Love, Lovely, Scarred Beautiful, and Finding Autumn. She is a Connecticut native who loves spending time with her husband and two children. If you can’t find her, though, she’s probably hiding out with her kindle anywhere she can find a quiet spot. She has an affinity for Twizzlers and is a hopeless romantic and a happily ever after fanatic.