Saturday, 18 August 2012

Giveaway & Review: The Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter

Synopsis

If Derrick thought experiencing alternate timelines and glimpses into the future was strange then he had no idea it was about to get far more strange than he ever imagined.

When Derrick Sloane meets Annie Maddock and falls madly in love, he believes he's met the girl of his dreams. Only he then awakes to discover she is exactly that...nothing more than a dream. Disheartened, he goes to the first coffee shop he can find. There he meets Annie. She is at the same table, reading the same book, and he fast realizes his dream has shown him his own future. But when a misstep alters that perfect future he tries to fix it, every attempt only making it worse.

Can he fix what he has changed? Should he even try? Given the opportunity to see two alternate futures can he choose one over the other? Could you…? 
The Coffee Shop is an intriguing paranormal romance book and like nothing I have ever read before: no weres, vamps, or things that go bump in the night! The concept is so very clever; it was most definitely a read that I just had to get to the end as quickly as possible.

The two characters, Derrick and Annie, are highly likeable characters. It was refreshing to follow the male protagonist in particular and to be able to emphasise with his feelings, his passion and to understand his psyche. There were many moments of well-crafted dialogue and excellent humour and banter between these characters that were highly amusing and entertaining.

On the flip side, however, this novel is heavily laced with dialogue and has very little narrative voice. This was not a negative, yet it took some time to get used to. There were times that the volume of dialogue became a little confusing to follow, yet it didn’t take long for me to catch up and work out what was going on. Whilst I’m not a big fan of heavy dialogue, Lauren Hunter’s writing was meticulous. She crafted and structured a complicated narrative structure very impressively. If this had been attempted by a less skilled writer, I would have truly been lost considering the leaps in time and dream. Lauren, however, handles it all very well without losing the pace and meaning. 

Recommended to contemporary romance, paranormal romance and twist lovers alike. Rating: 3.5 happy fairies, upgrading to 4 for Amazon/Goodreads.
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