BECKONED: FROM LONDON WITH LOVE PART 1

BECKONED: FROM LONDON WITH LOVE                        AVIVA VAUGHN

He would do anything for a second chance… 

Fire and ice have nothing on Angela Holguín and fellow MBA student Soren Lund. When they first met at school in the exciting, seaside city of Barcelona, Angela was intrigued by the aloof Dane; he was enthralled by the vivacious Californian. But their timing was off and they went their separate ways—until Fate and Destiny put them back in the same city: London. 

In the British capital, Angela and Soren not only reunite, their desire reignites. This time they are determined not to let love slip through their fingers. Despite the many obstacles posed by others, they tumble into one another’s arms and embark upon a passionate journey in the chic, bustling streets of London. But when Angela’s ex-shows up, will their new romance be strong enough to persevere? To whom will Angela’s heart beckon? 

BECKONED is steamy women's fiction inspired by food, travel and Jane Austen.


MY REVIEW:
     This story is filled with travel, romance drama, and plot twist.  Most of all sexual frustration.
     This story is set in the steamy exotically romantic city of Barcelona.  At the MBA college, there were students from all over come to learn at a higher level for business.  The men outnumber the women at least five to one.  Which is less compared to the states.  So, Angela Holguin, from Los Angeles, California was a huge hit.
     Being that she was a vivacious five-foot four ball of energy, high on life, always with a smile, kind word, and a gorgeous combination of Latin and Chinese didn’t hurt either.  She was already second-year last semester.  At the end of summer, she would be gone.
     There was a new set of students to arrive soon but the summer session was still on so the schedule was more flexible.  So, Angela and her friend Charlene, African-American, also from the USA hung out with a really cool group of guys for lunch.  They were all friends of Marco.   He was friend Angela had met who was from Italy.
     One of the guys was Soren Lund who had seen Angel on his way to Spanish class.  She was laughing with her friend over something but the way she was so carefree and easy about it touched him in a way no one ever has.
     Being from Denmark they are a very reserved bunch.  Never really showing emotion outwardly.  They are not ones to show outward signs of affection.  When he was finally introduced to Angela he was a school boy.  He was tongue tied, awkward, and an introvert.
     Angela liked him right off and really wanted to get to know him.  Especially, when everyone after lunch walks over to the coffee shop but he followed her to the temple steps instead.  You see she doesn’t drink coffee so she chooses to sit outdoors in the shade.  Although, Soren like coffee he chooses talking to her than having his fix.  This goes on for a whole month where they meet there where they have uninterrupted talk for at least a half hour.  Then regular semester starts then nothing.  Angela is very frustrated.
     She is torn between a guy by the name of Thomas, a Scott, who she finds out that may or may not have a drinking problem after her first date.  Or pining over Soren who just like to watch her from afar when the group goes out dancing and he and Charlene don’t like to dance so they just watch. 
     Who will be the man?  Why does she need any of them?  I loved the characters who are well developed and strong in personality.  This I know because they do get a rise out of me that is for sure.  I just didn’t understand why she seemed like such a strong independent woman who traveled the world.  Yet, put up with such crap from someone who showed poor judgment.  It’s like you have all these years of college and you can’t tell when someone pulling the wool over on you?  Then, she has one of the characters that is a tease he’s a tease till the end giving you no closure for any of them. 

     The descriptions of the area and what the characters were seeing and doing were great.  I knew when I was given the book by the author that it was four parts.  My problem is it didn’t feel like a standalone, it felt like a "to be continued" book.  I just felt like I was left with more questions than answers.   So, for that, I am giving it 4 stars.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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