In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman Will MacKenzie. Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship. Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so. Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart? Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?
Tamara Carlisle takes you on a romantic ride that explores the consequences of fame and a love that endures all.
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This book honestly has a lot going for it, and it deserves the four stars I gave it for many reasons. First of all, this is basically a clean romance. Very minimal profanity, and no sex scenes. That doesn't mean there is no sex, but at least the couples receive privacy in the bedroom. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that especially since this appears to be targeted towards the 20-30-something crowd (but youths can equally enjoy it). I believe this is a book that reads like a young adult book, but it certainly above that. As to the romance, yes, it is sappy. I have to admit that at times I got tired of the texting, the love talk, and the insecurities they both expressed. I could have done with less of this book in general. It is a long book for a young adult romance. Granted, the author is detailed and created very likable characters, but I wish sometimes the detail had been just a little bit less. I can also say that the last few chapters truly seemed rushed. I understand that the author wanted to give a complete overview of the lives of the characters, but I would have liked to have seen this book split in two. This is not the only time I have said this when coming from a new author. I think new authors might be concerned that this is their only shot at a book, so they don't automatically plan on a sequel. I prefer reading a little bit shorter book with the option to have a sequel. The book certainly has a surprise ending, and this very much redeemed some of the "sappiness" of the book, but I would have preferred it to be better-developed. Don't get me wrong. I loved Will and Shannon. I wasn't as keen on John, but that's just a personal preference. The story is definitely above average, and I would be very willing to read more from this author. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
This book caught my eye because it had two things that always interest me: 1) a protagonist in law school or who has been an attorney; and 2) an Englishman. My eldest son is an attorney, and every Englishman I've known has been a wonderful gentleman and a friend. How could I go wrong with the book? This is a sweet romance written primarily for what I would call the "new adult" market. It follows the overwhelming romance of Shannon and Will from the time they meet, when she is in her last year of law school, through both of their deaths. I have mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, it is sweet and kind and I liked the idea of finding a soul mate that is truly a part of your life forever. On the other hand, much of the story is told as a combination of travel journal, diary, and phone texts. There were many parts of the story I felt could have been left out, and other places I felt needed to be more developed. I didn't personally care for the development of the story in the last 40 pages or so. But that is more of a personal preference. Some will probably like the fact that the author chose to play out Shannon's entire life. In the end what kept me going was the love story between Shannon and Will and the cast of supporting characters in their friends on both sides. If you are looking for a more traditional novel with tight action and emotion and a more typical demarcation of the romance story, then you will probably feel this goes on too long and doesn't provide enough to keep you satisfied. However, if you want something sweet, kind, and in a format that is more akin to your best friend writing you of her travels and life over about 50 years, particularly the all consuming love of her life, then you will like this book and finish it with a big smile.
Away From the Spotlight by Tamara Carlisle Shannon Sutherland and her friend Rachael had gone out after work to the brit bar where she had met Will. Will MacKenzie knew the band and they were allowed backstage before the concert. She was studying to be a lawyer, attended college for a few more months, along with a 3 day job a week at the law firm, then hopes to study and take the bar exam and travel in Europe for the summer. Although there are other people in the book it's easy to keep them straight as to who they are. When the conversation turns to what Will does for work everybody changes the subject so Shannon is in the dark still. The chapters fly by describing in detail her classes, her day dreams and the time spent with Will. The descriptions of the rooms and furniture and surroundings make me picture the area in my mind as I did fly into LAX and spend some time in the area before driving north. She and he both think the relationship won't work for the long haul. Their lives are just so different. Just about half way through and I'm missing the normal things in a book, the sex and romance mostly. They talk of hand holding and hugging and having sex all night long but it's not even but one line stating they had sex. A lot to digest as the book is becoming boring to me, about their everyday lives he with his promo tour and her with bar exam prep. For 480+ pages more needs to be talked about and physically shown what is being done. The men at the law firm spice things up a bit but it's not been enough yet...
Away From the Spotlight is a romantic, engaging read that will have you believing in love at first sight. This love story will bring out a spectrum of emotions in you and have you enthralled as the characters reach for their happily ever after. The story line went in a direction I did not expect at one point, but did not disappoint in the end. Will sweeps Shannon off her feet with a whirlwind fairy-tale romance that will have you believing they can have a normal relationship despite the trials and tribulations they face in this fast-paced contemporary love story. The characters were likeable and the story easy to read. If you like sweet love stories filled with romance then this novel is definitely for you. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Janna Shay, author of Fair Play