Friday, August 22, 2014

Billionaire's Secret (The Chatsfield, #4) by Chantelle Shaw ~ Review

Source:  Purchased

When the secrets of the past won't stay buried…

Once the heartthrob of London's elite, gorgeous Nicolo Chatsfield now lives alone in his family's crumbling estate. No one dares reach out to his tormented soul…. Until a glimmer of hope enters Nicolo's lonely world, bringing light to the shadows….

Sophie Ashdown knows about painful pasts and has no intention of redeeming Nicolo—she just needs him to attend the Chatsfield shareholders' meeting! But she's not prepared for this darkly compelling Chatsfield, and soon Sophie is under Nicolo's spell, easing his pain in the most pleasurable way!

Welcome to Chatsfield House!

The Series...

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Val's Reviews from previous books in the series...


I've read a couple of books from this series and really enjoyed them so I was excited to find a few hours to sneak another one in.

I'm not a fan of third person writing in general but have discovered with reading this book that I'm actually not a fan of a particular kind of third person writing.  I may not have know the terms for which was which before but I soon realized that there is a HUGE difference in the types of third person writing.  So as a life long learner, I went and investigated.  I discovered that of the five different types of third person writing, the one I actually do not like is third person omniscient.  That type of writing is where the focus can go from character to character at any time, as if the reader were seeing everything that could have some affect on the story.  Bet you can guess what style this book is written in.  Yep, third person omniscient.

If I look back on the story as a whole, I like it.  BUT I didn't connect with the characters.  I wanted to but the third person omniscient style just makes it hard for me to do that.  I struggle as the story jumps from Nicolo to Sophie and back again in the space of one paragraph.  I never felt like I got them and thus I never really cared about them.

In fact, Nicolo irritated me.  He's so angry and rude.  While I get why and I think it was supposed to be brooding sexy, I just wanted to scratch his eyes out. Sophie wasn't any better for me.  She survived a fight with cancer when she was a teen and she refuses to give up but she fell flat for me.  

The bottom line is that I enjoyed the overall story but only because I kept reading despite the lack of a connection with the characters.  I could have easily put it down at 50 pages and never picked it back up.  But I held on because it's a short book and the blurb had me wanting to know how it ended.

I will say, the story didn't play out as I had expected.  That was nice.  Also, I liked that time periods where the two main characters wheren't around each other were summarized instead of painfully endured.  That helped me to keep reading.

It would be wonderful if publishers put a little label on the back of the book as to the tense of the book.  I would just avoid those third person omniscient ones and be happier for it.  But if you enjoy this style of writing, then this is a great story that doesn't necessary follow the path most traveled.


Giving away my copy of this one.

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  1. I know you have been enjoying this series, so I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you. Great review!

  2. I enjoy reading both in 1st person and 3rd. Thank you

  3. I enjoy both 1st & 3rd person. I think I really like alternating POV in the 1st person. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  4. I some times have trouble with that version of 3rd person, but am glad you're continuing to enjoy the series!

  5. I love reading a book by 1st person! I have trouble focusing at the beginning when the book is in 3rd person but it's cool I get over it :)