Today on the blog I have a Blog Tour Review with Karan Eleni’s #KEPRTours for a chick lit story written by a Man, yup interesting right. The author is T. A. Williams and his stories are always light and bright with one very adorable, lovable character that is a constant in his stories.
About The Book:
Title: What Happens at the Beach
Author: T. A. Williams
Publisher: Carina UK
Published: July 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
For the perfect summer romance…
It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!
…head to the French coast!
Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?
Main characters profession: Scientist/Entrepreneur/Aspiring author and College Professor and Medieval French History expert.
Trevor Williams’ story always has a big, adorable dog, in this story we have a Labrador called Barney/Charlie who will re ignite your wish to have a pet specifically a dog exactly like him, if you don’t already have one. The story is about Natalie and Mark with a neat, interesting cast of supporting characters; my favorites are Collette who is Natalie’s grandmother and her restaurant friends Alain and Dominique.
Natalie is a good character on the whole, however there is something missing in her which made it difficult for me to like her 100%. As a waitress, granddaughter and history expert she is good and relatable but when it comes to the women, lover part of the story she is lukewarm to say the least. A bit too relaxed about her love life with very mild outbursts of passion. At the start of the story we see a passionate, fiery side of her when she breaks up with then fiancé however the same emotions fizzled down later in the story. Her ambition seemed misplaced and she got to comfortable in the daily humdrum of life in a beach town in the south of France. Agreed with the safe surroundings future worries did creep up in Natalie’s mind every now and then but that was all about it. She was happy with her routine of daily swim, coffee and drinks at the beach restaurant she helped out and spending lunch and dinnertime with her grandmother with occasional dates with prospective suitors. The dates soon dry out; her romantic scenes with her employer and secret crush Mark are friendly and happy not swoony romantic.
The ending was sweet and happy however I missed the passion, tension and attraction that builds up a love story, as it wasn’t strong enough for me. It felt more like watching 2 mature, sensible adults gradually falling with love. There was more intellectual than passionate exchange between them, which in a way is good but kept nagging at me, wishing for more sparks and chemistry.
I wished for more passion and action from Natalie, she was too straight forward and missing the fun element in her personality. Overall a very relaxed, laid back story.
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About the Authors:
Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
Connect with the Author:
Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/T-A-Williams/e/B00FDVNVMA/
Reviewed by Bharti