ARC Review: Don’t Walk Away by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

Posted April 23, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Don’t Walk Away by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy
Don't Walk Away
by Elle Kennedy, Vivian Arend

3.5 Stars


Released: April 21, 2015
Published by Self Published
Pages: 175
Format: eARC

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“If you like your heroes big, sexy and alpha and the chemistry steaming up off the pages then look no further than DON’T WALK AWAY!  You’ll be hooked like I was!” ~ Under the Covers

I admit that even though I’ve been a fan of both of these authors for a long while, I have dragged my butt in starting this series.  Why????  The DreamMakers series has such a fun premise.  Three ex military dudes find themselves back home after their service and needing to come up with something to do.  So they start a dating service.  Naturally!  LOL I think that’s brilliant and now having read this book I’ll rectify my mistake and go back and read books 1 and 2.

That being said, DON’T WALK AWAY is a sweet second chance romance story.  You know I’m a sucker for those.  And this is so sweet!  Dean Colter is now a manwhore extraordinaire but deep down there’s only been one woman he’s loved since forever.  Since the days when he wasn’t a player and waited years to take one girls’ virginity.  Since he made a huge mistake and lost the love of his life.  He’s never been able to even apologize since.  But life has a way of dumping Emma back on his lap.  And this time Dean is determined from the get-go to keep her there.

I loved Emma’s character.  She’s just tough enough but full of female empowerment.  She’s become successful on her own and taken from life what she deserved.  Now that she has the man she once loved and broke her heart delivered on a platter, she’s also woman enough to take what he’s offering.  There isn’t a lot of fighting attractions and rehashing the past, which sometimes can bug down a story.  Just two great characters reconnecting and rekindling their love.

Another thing I loved?  The camaraderie between the whole cast of characters.  We see glimpses from the previous two couples, as well as two upcoming couples, and the friendship between the whole gang is one of my favorite things.  It’s definitely an element I always look for in a good contemporary romance and gives this book an instant feeling of comfort for me.

If you like your heroes big, sexy and alpha and the chemistry steaming up off the pages then look no further than DON’T WALK AWAY!  You’ll be hooked like I was!

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About Vivian Arend

Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 30 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well-entertained.


About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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Thanks Francesca for the review


I’ve not read anything by vivian arend but have heard great things about her writing

Amy R
Amy R

I’ve read book 1 of this series and really enjoyed it.

Cheryl Bonnett
Cheryl Bonnett

I’ve read all 3 books in this series and enjoyed them immensely! Great female characters….all very different from each other and unique! The male characters were so fricken hot and fun! I want to read Gillian and Chase’s story along with Colby and Suz’s amazing story! I certainly hope that is happening soon! I feel the best is yet to come…..pun intended! Come on ladies…..hear my plea!