First published in 2014 by Dream Big Publishing, Given Up On Love is a romance novel; and it follows Natalia Greco from the moment that she leaves her abusive boyfriend. Natalia makes new friends right from day one, starting with Sargent O’Malley of a Maryland Police Department – who conveniently enough is her new roommate. Forgive me if I sound a little jaded on cliches.
On a brighter note, it really is a wonderful story. The interactions between Natalia and Jackson (Sargent O’Malley) are lively and entertaining. It is in the conversations between Natalia and Jackson that bring the story to life. Some of the other relationships in the novel (such as with her army General uncle) seem a little trite; their interactions are satisfying, but it is a little too convenient that when Natalia needs help she suddenly has an uncle who is a General.
Overall I really enjoyed the story. Though it felt a little jumpy, and skippy (like a scratched record) at times; some of the adjectives felt out of place, as if they were in the wrong context. This requires a higher than usual suspension of disbelief from the reader; while it is well worth it – if you can manage the necessary suspended disbelief – not everyone will be able to manage it. The building conflict also isn’t the only one, the major conflict is over and it is setting up for the happily ever after, but then it leads into the next conflict. My only concern here is that perhaps (for the sake of flow) the novel should have been broken down into two parts and released as novellas.
I would like to emphasise again that I really did enjoy Given Up On Love; I give it a 4/5 star review.