My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle Review

Title: My Life in Shambles

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books

Format: eBook

Publication Date: 04/11/19

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: ARC Provided by author

 

When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.

My Life in Shambles was a punch right in the heart. Valerie Stephens was a great character and I really loved that she decided to commit herself wholeheartedly to having an adventure. I expected this book to be more lighthearted despite knowing that there was going to be a pretense. That being said, this book was not lighthearted. There were some moments in particular that were humorous but it had a much darker feeling overall. It was there to tug and pull on my heartstrings, and it definitely hit the mark.

Valerie was such a sympathetic character because I really identified with her fears. I’ve never had my life implode like she did, but I can also feel the anxiety just thinking about it! I felt super impressed by her ability to fully jump in and take the trip with her sisters.

Padraig was such a sad character, in many ways I feel like I didn’t get to know Padraig. He was so consumed by his tragedies (yes there are multiple) that I felt we only got to see him at his worst. I think this was probably the hardest part of the book to get my head around. The chemistry between Valerie and Padraig was undeniable, and they cared about each other, that was very obvious but there was just something. Maybe this is me projecting my own fears/thoughts onto it. Obviously Valerie couldn’t know Padraig before but it just felt like she only got his sorrow. Padraig really showed up towards the end though, and when Padriag finally gets closure I teared up a bit. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and for any romance fans out there it’s a must read. 4 out of 5 stars.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“What if is fear. Even if is faith. Choose the latter my boy.”