Review: Freed by Carly Phillips (Rosewood Bay #3)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.

Juliette Collins loves her father and can appreciate his protectiveness even if he does go overboard at times. But when the twenty-six-year-old discovers that he's been keeping a secret from her, she's devastated. How could he not tell her that she had two older sisters and make her think that her mother was dead? Juliette decides to leave behind the only life she's known and flies from New York City to the small beach town of Rosewood Bay in Connecticut. So what if she sticks out like the city girl that she is in the tiny community where everyone seems to know everyone else's business? People seem to be friendly and she's even managed to snag a job waitressing. An added bonus is the presence of a good-looking customer named Braden Clark. He seems to be as drawn to her as she is to him. The attraction blossoms into more, but what happens when Juliette learns the truth about Braden?

Gah! I'm loving Carly Phillips's Rosewood Bay series! Not only does it have the best of any covers I've seen on Phillips's books so far--because solo women can totally rock the cover of a romance novel just as well as guys or couples can!--but I love the stories that she's been giving her main characters. I liked how Juliette was more sheltered than she was naive and that she was willing to take a risk and leave behind everything that she knew simply because she wanted to get to meet the sisters that she no idea even existed in Rosewood Bay. The development of this particular character had me wanting to stand up and cheer because she wasn't as helpless and hapless as she may have seemed and she learned to become both independent and ready to be welcomed into a fold that could have easily pushed her away. These sisters have been great to get to know throughout the series.

The whole bodyguard falling for the person he's supposed to be protecting isn't anything new and neither is the keeping something a secret angle. However, the author has managed to write an engaging story that's more than just a romance. At its core, this third book is about family and how you have to make certain choices in life and how those can be just what you need in order to veer your path in a whole new but far better direction. I also liked the feeling community and how the main characters have truly found home in Rosewood Bay because they're surrounded by people who care about them. And the best bonus? The series isn't done yet! There's a fourth book in the offing, and I'm already looking forward to getting my hands on it as soon as humanly possible because this particular female character's happy ending has been a long time coming methinks. I'm awarding five stars to Freed. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Rosewood Bay series:


Fearless (book one) - five stars - My Review

Breathe (book two) - five stars - My Review

Freed (book three) - five stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 01 July 2018

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