Monday, January 21, 2013

Ashley Stoyanoff's Review: Loving Lily Lavender by DeAnna Kinney


Title: Loving Lily LavenderAuthor: DeAnna Kinney
Publication Info: DeAnna Kinney (October 2012)Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★1/2
Number of Pages: 247
Shelf: Books I Bought
GoodReads: Here
Purchase: Here

Summary from Goodreads:
Lily is 23 and on top of the world. Her wedding planning business is thriving, her beautiful Victorian home is organized, just like the rest of her life, and her rose garden is flourishing. She is in no way looking for a man to complicate her manicured life. Her faith is strong, and she couldn’t be happier.
Lucas is 24 and miserable. Having just been thrust into stardom with the release of his first blockbuster film, he’s running from paparazzi and screaming girls all who want a piece of his flesh. In a desperate attempt to get a grip on his fast declining life, he runs away to a small town, hoping to go unnoticed. But Jasper, North Carolina has a few surprises of its own.
On one fateful night, their two, opposite worlds will collide, and they will have to fight against all odds to protect the kind of love that changes a soul forever.
This is a sweet romance filled with passion
, near-death experiences, a tormenting stalker, a hostage crisis, and much more!

My Review:
Loving Lily Lavender was a cute story that had me grinning and at times groaning.    
What I loved:  The thing that pulled me into this book was the romance.  Lucas and Lily are such a sweet couple and watching their romance blossom into a fairy tale love was wonderful. I’m a sucker for that cheesy, giggly, first love kind of romance, and this book gives you exactly that. 
What I liked: I really liked the characters.  They were all well-developed and very likable, each one with their own unique personalities.  Lucas and Lily were perfect, and they kept me invested until the end. 
What drove me crazy:  All the near-death experiences drove me batty. They just sort of happen and then are resolved quickly, and we move right into the next one.  I think it would have been more interesting if they we're weaved together but what we get is conflict then resolution,then conflict then resolution, etc.  For me, the major action felt under developed  and was resolved way too quickly.
My overall thoughts:  In the end, I really struggled with this book bouncing from a 3 to a 4 star rating.  But even with the action drawbacks, I loved the romance, and I just couldn’t get that prefect love out of my mind.  If you are looking for an easy and cute read with a wonderful love story, I would recommend this one.


  1. Sounds like a sweet read, but that cover keeps me the creeps for some reason.. I can handle brain munching zombie but not girly girls. Lol

    1. Hehehe, yes the main character is a girly girl and very religious but it was such a cute read. :)

  2. I would have read this based on the cover alone, it's gorgeous! But it sounds like a great romance!

    1. I completely agree. I loved the cover. It's so pretty.


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