Book Review: A Change of View – The Northern Lights Collection by Freya Barker 7

Title: A Change of View
Series: The Northern Lights Collection
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: August 16, 2017
Cover Designer: Rebel Edit & Design

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What if one morning you look in the mirror and no longer recognize the person looking back?
When Leelo can no longer identify herself by the roles that once defined her, it’s both terrifying and liberating. Oh, she feels the loss, the grief, and then the anger, but when she inherits property up north, she jumps at the promise of freedom and independence. 
Yet not everyone in her new community is what they seem, starting with the surly mountain man down the road.
As owner of the local fishing lodge, Roar is content with his everyday life. And the older he gets, the less he appreciates change. So when a blue-haired, tattooed ‘city girl’ moves into the old motel, shaking up his daily routine, he’s none too pleased.

Still, something about the woman’s easy smile and almost reckless grit has him step up as her keeper.

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My Rating:

 

Favorite Quotes:

 

Reminded me a little of that old Brawny commercial, the lumberjack guy… He probably has abs to match, the kind you can bounce quarters off. Try and do that off mine and you’d need heavy equipment to excavate it.

 

Sometimes my stubborn drive for independence gets in the way of common sense.

 

You’re pretty smart for middle-aged, wannabe sideshow headliner.

 

My Review:

Freya Barker is my go-to source and rocks it like no other. She is better than the mailman as she consistently delivers superbly written and engaging tales that are each richly laced with a unique and indelible cast of worn, flawed, yet realistically drawn characters, who never fail to ensnare my cold heart. Every-single-time! I have cherished and coveted each and every one of her captivating series. A Change of View was an active, eventful, and insightful tale with mature characters, real-life family issues, and a tattered protagonist in dire need of a fresh start. Written from my favorite dual POV, the premise was solid, the storyline was relevant and well-crafted, and the writing was emotive, keenly observant and cleverly insightful. Yet the endearing and oddly matched characters were the heart and soul of the piece. While we begin with and witness Leelo’s steady growth and I applauded her evolving backbone while facing so many unusual challenges; Roar was a complete and unquestionable delight, I adored him in totality but most of all for his secret words which were nothing short of genius.

I slap my thigh where a mosquito just bit me. I wipe at another one that lands on my arm, and pretty soon the buzzing is loud around my head, and I’m frantically waving my hand around my face. A blood-sucking army is out tonight, and I scramble to my feet, snatch up the now empty bottle, and hustle toward the sanctuary of my house.
My heart lodges in my throat when I see a figure detach itself from the shadows of the porch.
“Was wondering how long it would fucking take before you came running.”
I bend over, gasping to get air in my lungs, when I hear the voice.
“I swear, Riordan Doyle…one day you’ll be the death of me.”
“Not what I had in mind,” he chuckles easily, as he grabs my arm, drags me inside, and out of the way of the charging mosquitoes.
“What are you doing here?” I ask, as he takes the bottle from my hand, sets it on the counter, and pulls me into my living room. There he drops down on the threadbare couch and tugs me down beside him. “I thought you went home?”
“I did,” he confirms, throwing his arm over my shoulder and tugging me to his chest. “And I was just putting my feet up on the coffee table when I realized I didn’t want to be there.”
“No?”
“No,” he repeats. “Couldn’t relax. Started thinking about this…thing…between us. And you know what? Waiting for the right time is for the fucking birds.”
“It is?”
“It absolutely fucking is,” he says with conviction, curving his free hand along my jaw and turning my face toward him.
His hazel eyes are almost black in the scarce light of my living room, his heavy-lidded gaze roaming my features before settling on my lips.
“I’m thinking right now sounds like the right time.”
I can feel the deep rumble of his voice down to my toes, and my own drops a few octaves lower as well.
“You do?” I mutter breathlessly as his head bends down.
It’s clear from my distinctly unimaginative responses that my brain cells have signed off for the day. I’m starting to sound like a goddamn parrot, but Roar doesn’t give me time to linger on that thought. His mouth is already on mine and his tongue is demanding entry.
One moment I’m tucked beside him on the couch, and the next I’m on my back, Roar’s heavy frame covering me, his lips still firmly fused to mine. Good God the man can kiss.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: A Change of View – The Northern Lights Collection by Freya Barker

  1. Reply Bewitched Reader Aug 16,2017 5:10 am

    This is a new to me author!

  2. Reply Freya Barker Aug 16,2017 5:23 am

    I adore your review!!! Thank you so much! xox

  3. Reply J. Hooligan @Platypire Reviews Aug 16,2017 5:48 pm

    Oh my gawd, those quotes! Yes! I’m looking up this book.

  4. Reply Katie @ Book Ink Reviews Aug 19,2017 7:32 am

    Those quotes!!! I’ll have to look into this one!

  5. Reply emchuah Aug 19,2017 11:48 am

    “she is better than the mailman as she consistently delivers”…I smiled at that. LOVE your reviews!

  6. Reply Shana @ Aurora B's Book Blog Aug 20,2017 3:02 pm

    Author sounds interesting. Great review! 🙂

  7. Reply Caroline Aug 21,2017 7:58 am

    This sounds pretty damn cute. Dare I say, you might be really turning me onto the romance genre???? 😮

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