by Erin Lockwood
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
A compelling love story about Caralee, her best friend Teddy, and her new love interest, Sam. The intensity of Sam entering into Cara's life challenges her friendship with Teddy - which was forged long ago when they encountered a deranged gunman. Teddy will stop at nothing to protect Cara - even if it means keeping his long time business associate and once best friend far away from her.
This story is about friendship and relationship triangles, love and protection, love and understanding, and love vs true love.
By the time I get back to dancing with Dean, I feel something, someone, watching me. The feeling I felt before my speech is stronger now. There’s something consuming my surroundings—an invisible, sweltering blanket over me. As soon as I have the chance, I look around and try to find the source of this feeling—the burning eyes I can’t see, yet, but I sense are focused on me.
I casually scan the room between dips and twirls.
My breath catches. There they are—the eyes I’ve been searching for. A man, a gorgeous man, in a perfectly tailored suit is staring at me. It’s no mistake. Now that I see him, I know his eyes are the source of this feeling I’ve been having.
There are worse people to have stare at you. He might be a little older, but he’s very attractive. He wears his dark brown hair slicked and styled up and back. It looks soft enough to run my fingers through and short enough to create a little edge to it. His blackish gray suit blends in with his olive, tan skin. Every part of him is dark and smoky, except his eyes. His turquoise-blue eyes are so bright; they’re like headlights shining at me. A lighthouse warning me not to come too close or my boat will crash. - Chapter 2
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California, and attended the University of Oregon where she graduated with a degree in journalism in 2003. From there, she moved to Denver, Colorado, and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book—and binge-watching the subsequent films—in the New Adult genre. Hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story for their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles Trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver with her husband, Phil, and their three children. They spend most of their summers and holidays on the beautiful island of Coronado where Erin and Phil wish to retire someday.
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3.75 out of 5 stars
Angles – Part 1 by Erin Lockwood is a spicy contemporary tale that follows Cara as her relationships are shifting, thanks to the upcoming marriage of her best friend Teddy. Her bond with Teddy, cemented during a horrific experience, is destined to change, but her relationship with their mutual friends as well as with the guy she is currently dating is also affected, particularly after she meets the forceful and somewhat mysterious Sam. Only time will tell whether things are going to work out for the better.
There are intriguing elements to this story that certainly is composed of relationships that form triangles and quadrangles and…well, you get the picture. I was a little disconcerted because it’s told in first person…and the only time we get a different voice is at the beginning, and that initial introduction of Sam was definitely not a warm fuzzy one. Cara is what I would call a hot mess, and although I can understand the mitigating factor that causes her to be emotionally fragile, I still gnash my teeth at her compliant nature that makes her anxious to acquiesce to a strong dominant man who wants to order for her and tell her what to do—at least, until she’s no longer comfortable with that and wants to run. I have trouble understanding her deliberate obtuseness about her allure, which naturally eventually earns her the enmity of some of those around her, not to mention her symbiotic relationship with Teddy, who is a very optimistic man if he thinks he’s really going to balance the two women in his life.
Despite all that, I have to say that the author does a great job of evoking that helpless naivete and dearth of coping skills in her heroine. I imagine this story will appeal to fans of the angsty new adult tale but be forewarned that this truly is part 1, so there are plenty of unfinished…dare I say it…angles!
A copy of this title was provided to me for review