Title: Just As I Am
Series: Unfailing Love Book One
Author: Mandi Blake
Genre: Sweet Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Adeline Rhodes has spent years locked away in a New Orleans apartment controlled by her criminal boyfriend. After a daring escape, she realizes just how far she has grown from the things in which she once believed.
Declan King has lived a life of solitude and duty for the U.S. Army. When the deaths of his grandparents bring him home to his family farm, he is forced into contact with people who know too much about his past to simply leave him alone.
When Adeline’s past catches up to her, the two strangers find themselves thrust into a fake relationship to protect Adeline from her vengeful ex. As their chance meeting begins a journey that heals old wounds, they struggle to stay ahead of the danger and deny their growing attraction to each other.
Declan will do anything to protect her, and failure isn’t an option when Adeline’s life is on the line.
I enjoyed Declan & Addy so much! Watching her blossom into a woman who wasn’t afraid of everything, who went after what she wanted, was a total thrill! I also loved that the main characters were deeply flawed people in many different ways because it gave the story someplace to go from instant attraction.
Ms. Blake also did a great job creating the friendships and throwing Addy right into the thick of long-standing friendships with relative ease. The addition of the unexpected romantic suspense element was nice as well and I pretty much enjoyed the story.
For me though, there was A LOT of religion in this story. I didn’t realize it was labeled a religious story when I opted to review it and for the most part I did enjoy the story but when it was brought it up, it came out of left field and it was right over the top that it yanked me right from the story.
Mandi Blake was born and raised in Alabama where she lives with her husband and daughter, but her southern heart loves to travel. Reading has been her favorite hobby for as long as she can remember, but writing is her passion. She loves a good happily ever after in her sweet Christian romance books and loves to see her characters’ relationships grow closer to God and each other.