Monday, July 11, 2016

Release Day Review: Son of Money by Brandon Witt #Review #Giveaway

Author: Brandon Witt
Book: Son of Money
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: July 11, 2016
Length: 302 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

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Second chance love stories are among my favorite types. I like that the MC’s already have a history to build on, I enjoy seeing them work out the people they were versus the people they are now and how those two things might sometimes not be what they seem, and I love seeing each character rediscover those things that made them special and connected in the first place. All of these reasons are why I was so excited to read Brandon Witt’s newest novel, Son of Money. 

In typical Brandon Witt style, the story of Randall Morgan and Noah Carroll is one full of drama, passion, and love. I have to admit that it took me a bit before I really liked either of these men. They meet again twenty years after a passionate kiss and while I kind of swoon at the sentiment of that, the fact that each man carries the impact of one kiss two decades old is a tad far-fetched for me. Sure I know there are moments in everyone’s life that can change their course but in the case of Randall and Noah, it didn’t really work for me. What did work though, is once these two find one another again, their romance takes off. There is a lot of push and pull and a heck of a lot of chemistry, too. 

I did find that the drama, the over the top drama at that, of Randall’s family got rather tedious. I appreciated Randall’s absolute devotion to his niece, Bailey, and the moments between the two were sweet and charming. When Noah became added to the mix, it was even lovelier. I know I was supposed to like Kayla, but I really didn’t. I found her much too like a caricature than a real person, and the same can be said for the rest of Randall’s family. Yeah, they are truly awful people, but there’s a way to show that without it being so blatant and in your face. 

As always, Brandon’s writing is so well done, though there are a few places where there was too much telling and not enough showing. I think this kept me from truly connecting with Randall and Noah as much as I would have liked. And the slut-shaming, so not a fan of that. That however, is just my opinion. All in all though, this was a solid book. Crisp writing, a roller coaster of emotions, and lots of cute moments with a kid and dogs … a great combination if I ever saw one! Be sure to check this one out people!


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