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Sunday, 28 June 2015

REVIEW BY DEBBIE Talking Trouble, Barbara Elsborg

Book: Talking Trouble
Author: Barbra Elsborg
Page Length: 326 pages
Filed On: 2015 Read, Multi Partners, Over 18, romance
Current Cost (22/06/15): £3.89/$6.18
Star Rating: 4.5 stars

What The Blurb Says:

Two men are separated by more than the dam between their houses. Can Mollie be the path that unites them?

Flint Klavan appears to have it all. The sought-after British actor is affluent, loved and vocal in his professional life but privately he’s a mess. A devastating breakup leaves him full of self-loathing. He hopes to find the way to turn things around when disaster strikes. He’s left speechless with fear he’ll never get the chance to recover what he’s lost.

Mollie James has the perfect job teaching children, and used to have the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, kind and thoughtful. Only now he’s not. She has to sacrifice everything if she’s any chance to survive, and run as fast and as far as she can.

Lysander Weldon is a wealthy, talented artist who’s hidden himself away following personal tragedies. He shares his house and his body but never his heart. When opportunity to forgive confronts him, he has to choose between giving up his fortress or bracing to watch happiness leave him behind.

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

Flint, high flying actor. When faced with a life changing illness, he runs and hides. Mollie, running from her abusive ex finds herself next door to Flint. But she doesn't immediately recognise who Flint is. And Lysander, artist in hiding after the death of his wife and unborn child.

Three lives cross paths. Three lives full of pain. Three lives with so much love to give.

This is the first I've read of Barbara Elsborg's books, and it will most definately not be the last. I was blown away!

The story does take a while to get itself together but thats good because we need to see what happens to Flint, Mollie and Lysander before they all come together in this time and place. We need to fall with Flint as he is struck by his illness. We need to suffer with Mollie through that beating. And we need to wanna punch Lysander in the nose for being such an ass!! He was awful toward the beginning of this book, but once he took his head out of his ass he was a different person. Especially when with Mollie and Flint.

As the story lines of these three converge, the story picks up pace. There are one or three surprises along the way! Surprises that casued me to NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and to RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN and to YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY at the kindle, rather loudly, causing my family to stick their heads in to see what I was shouting at!

The book does come with an advisory, there are described scenes of physical abuse. Some readers may find that this may trigger. It made for emotional reading. The book also warns of M/M scenes and there are also M/F/M and M/M/F. I loved the scenes between all three.

Flint's illness and recovery and Mollie's...getting out, yeah, her getting out ( my sister called it this, getting out) These are handled well and sensitively. Well written emotions.

I have just one niggle. I would like to have heard from Lysander, and indeed Flint, how they came to decide to share Mollie. Their thought processes to get to that point. One minute they are at loggerheads, and the can imagine!

As I said, I will certainly look to read more by this author.

4.5 stars.

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, and**

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