A shy art historian, a sexy rock star, a mysterious medieval cross that holds a secret and a love that never dies. Do you believe in soulmates? Find out in Kate McBrien’s steamy debut fans of Love on the Edge of Time and A Knight in Shining Armor will love!
For fans of Love on the Edge of Time and A Knight in Shining Armor comes an epic romance that proves true love can never die.
Do you believe in soulmates?
A shy art historian. A sexy rock star. A mysterious medieval cross that holds a secret.
Lucy Bianchi has a plan: finish her PhD in art history and land a coveted job at a prestigious Los Angeles museum. Then—maybe—she’ll find time to start dating. Her controlled and predictable world begins to unravel when she chases a runaway dog on the beach and meets a gorgeous stranger.
Justin Hamilton is the charismatic lead singer of the British band Indigo. Years of touring and partying have won him notoriety, and he can have any woman he wants, but who he really wants doesn’t seem to exist.
From their first look—their first touch—Justin and Lucy have a connection that defies logic and deepens their desire for each other. When they see the Varangian Cross at a museum exhibit, they’re flooded with inexplicable shared memories that draw them even closer together.
Justin has to return to London just as a salacious scandal explodes that could tear them apart. Lucy must choose between the safe life she’s cultivated, or go to Justin and discover a never-ending love.
Discovering You is the first book of a contemporary romance trilogy.
Fly Girl’s Review:
So like the title says it is nothing like I thought it would be. The blurb had me at “Mysterious medieval cross that holds a secret.” Definitely my kind of trope. Anything historical that hints at past lives colliding makes me itch to read it. I’m glad I found the time to read this one. I was going to post a review last week on this one, but got a bit behind in the reading. I postponed it rather than axed it and I’m sure glad I did.
This is a slow burn story with lots of long looks and angst over not wanting to get hurt, past incidents coming back to haunt, and a strange connection neither can resist or understand. The lovers are wanting to connect, but afraid at the same time. I do like that this is going to be a three book story. I think if she tried to wrap it up into one book it would either be epic or a lot of her story telling would be lost. The emotions are slow to build and she shows multiple ways fear can take hold and keep us from reaching out for our future and for relationships. I like how she is telling the story slowly. But with that comes a cliff hanger and you all know how much I hate that.
One other part I would liked to have seen happen sooner is the scene in the museum when they both see the cross together for the first time. I think that would have been better to explain the connection he felt he had with Lucy from the beginning. Up until that point, you kind of wonder about the sanity of Justin. He’s a player (aka “Lady’s Man”) who is all of a sudden looking at a one lady relationship without any nudge from the third character (the cross). It just seemed a little contrived.
But to a beautiful aspect of her writing is how she describes the atmosphere of the scenes, from the too crowded bar, to the mystical fog and low clouds on the horizon of a drive up the coast. She sure can set a scene. For the other reasons though, I can only give this a 4 of 5 propellers. That isn’t to say I won’t pick up book two, because I definitely will; you just know how I hate cliff hangers, even if they are worth it.
4 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Kate McBrien
Kate has an MA in art history from San José State University and has taught art history at a local college. For many years, she has worked as a dental hygienist, courageously offering encouragement to her non-flossing patients.
She has always enjoyed writing but became more serious after being encouraged by a friend to participate in National Novel Writing Month. She began writing historical fiction but soon realized that the romance was taking over the history.
Kate is a Bay Area native who lives near the beach with her husband and Lola, their spoiled Labrador Retriever. When not writing, she enjoys cooking, music, movies, reading, and fangirling over Jamie Dornan.