I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Provoke by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Seaside Pictures #3.7
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated on 14th April 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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I really enjoy Rachel Van Dyken’s seaside series, I don’t know something about the celebrity cast of characters, the atmosphere and the writing really works for me! So this wasn’t any different.
Branden, at the young age of sixteen known for his youtube music videos gets signed on and his career takes off. Apart from dad leaving, his life and career had generally been pretty good. He loves his family, they are nice and shocker he gets along really well with his mother. All of this changed when an awful incident occurred at his concert. Unable to perform, deal with the guilt and the anxiety that came with the incident.
Piper Rayne, is a life coach hired by his company to help him out and get him on the road with AD2 for the tour. Piper has never been as attracted to anyone as she is to Branden which complicates her neat and orderly world.
Rachel Van Dyken did a good job showing us their developing connection, sweet mixed with sexy stuff. It isn’t easy to make the reader invested and interested in the characters and their relationship but its done well here. I also liked the mix of humour and the Zane+Drewness that comes from them being them along with little bits of friends and family mixed in with more serious and slightly angsty bits of the books. I think part of what really worked with Provoke; apart from the writing, the pacing, are the characters. They are just so easy to connect with and love. I also really liked Piper and Branden together, they were really great together! Cute, sweet and teasing.
Quibbles: As generally with 1001 books, I wish the novella was longer and we had gotten more time to spend with the couple. Even then I think it would been nicer if the time limit with what Branden had to get ready for the tour was longer, it would have allowed for more believing the couple falling in love and getting to know each other but also the fact that Branden’s trauma related to event got solved quickly. Trauma doesn’t just go away that easily, especially cause it was stated he was already on therapy but this is fiction and I’m in a more forgiving mood I’ll be letting it slide.
Overall, a great shot read for springtime with all the elements to keep a reader captivated till the end. Also loved the little epilogue!!
p.s Since 1001 dark nights are all about standalone from series that readers love, its a great one to dive into if you haven’t read other seaside books or haven’t tired Rachel Van Dyken’s books.