Book Review: Ashley’s Allegiance by Robyn Neeley

Ashley’s Allegiance by Robyn NeeleyTitle: Ashley’s Allegiance
Series: Emerald Springs Legacy, Book 5
Author: Robyn Neeley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: June 2, 2014 by Crimson Romance

Meet Ashley, the fifth of five unforgettable characters in the Emerald Springs Legacy.

Life in the small town of Emerald Springs, Washington, is anything but slow and peaceful. An old feud between former business partners Whitman and Sanders keeps competition on a high burner, fueling resentment, renewing rivalries . . . and love. Now someone is trying to bring down Emerald Tea Farm, and it’s up to both families to protect their future while still wrangling over the past.

The last five months have been nothing short of exciting for the Whitmans and Sanders. Adam, Chad, and Daniel Whitman have all begun to carve out their niche in the family dynasty. Now it’s Ashley Whitman’s turn. She’s ready to step up with her marketing ideas, talent, and drive to prove she has just as much to contribute to the family tea legacy as her successful cousins.

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Sanders is closing in on who is responsible for the suspicious activities plaguing Emerald Tea Farm and Split Acres. When a questionable encounter outside the local bar forces him to tag along to San Diego and play bodyguard to Ashley Whitman, any other man would jump at the chance to be in close quarters with the beautiful, blonde Whitman. Too bad they hate each other. Forced to spend time together, they discover their mutual dislike might be something else entirely. But can a Whitman and a Sanders really be happy together?

Reviewed By: Babs

Why I Read This Book: I like stories set in Pacific Northwest. I also like stories that center around family/big families.

In a Nutshell: I had some issues with this one. By the end, I was reading to find out how it ended but wasn’t really into the hero or heroine.

The Set Up: Jacob’s and Ashley’s families have been fighting but things seem to be improving—just not between Jacob and Ashley. Then a business trip changes things.

What I Liked: I liked some parts of the story like the reveal of why Jacob did something in high school. And enjoyed reading about the other family members embracing their happy endings.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t like all the references to high school. Jacob is a deputy sheriff, Ashley is doing marketing for her family’s business. It’s been 10 years—why dwell so much on high school? I get there was a “big” incident but at what point do you just let it go?

I felt the relationship conflict and the business-related mystery were forced. At times the story seemed disjointed like the dialogue or narrative was skipping around.

Towards the end, I didn’t like some of the “teasing” between Ashley and Jacob. It was getting old and borderline bitter. I didn’t feel they were really having fun even though at that point in the story they were trying to be in a relationship.

Both Ashley and Jacob came across as juvenile and a little mean at times. I didn’t really like them. I found Ashley’s ploys to get the other guy in the beginning a little desperate.

The flow of the story didn’t work for me. And I thought the end when they got together was rushed and a little cheesy.

Overall Impression: Ashley’s Allegiance didn’t really work for me. I wasn’t invested in the main characters. I did keep reading to find out how everything works out with the family business and the feud.

Bab’s Rating:
2 Frogs

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