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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway (Review)

Posted by Irish in Review4 Comments

Title: Bungalow Nights (Goodreads)
Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Publisher, via TLC Blog Tours
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0373777450
Format: ebook
Pages: 416

The Author on the Web:
Christie Ridgway – Blog

Christie Ridgway – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Crescent Cove, California

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: Vance Smith had faced down Taliban bullets with more cool than he felt sitting on the beachside restaurant’s open-air deck.
Beach House No. 9 Order
Book 0.5 – Beach House Beginnings 
Book 1 – Beach House No. 9

Book 2 – Bungalow Nights
Book 3 – The Love Shack

I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, Beach House No. 9, and it wasn’t a story that made me fall head over heels in love with it. If I didn’t have this blog tour post to write then I might never have moved on to read the second book, Bungalow Nights. You first hear about the characters in this book in a random conversation in Beach House No. 9 but you don’t actually meet them until the start of this story. And the characters of the previous book are only mentioned here, with the exception of Skye Alexander who appears in both books. So its possible to be able to read these out of order with nothing lost in the process. I almost wish I had done that as I did enjoy Bungalow Nights a lot more than
Beach House No. 9

Though like Beach House No. 9, Bungalow Nights, does have a secondary storyline. I am still not a fan of this plot device, and probably never will be, as I find that it often takes away from the main characters story. Though unlike the first book I did actually like the secondary story told in this one. I just wish that it had been a story all of its own as there was enough material for it. As it was presented here it all just felt so rushed and those crazy sinister/mystery-eske moments never really had the tension in them that they could have had. 

I also liked the main characters of this book better than the first one, Vance and Layla just seemed more genuine and had more chemistry. Even with their rocky beginnings…Vance thought Layla was 10 and not in her early 20s. I also liked Vance’s backstory and wish that more had been done with that. Instead those moments were taken away by the secondary storyline and so everything in that resolution felt a bit rushed. 

Overall, I liked this book a lot better and read it faster as a result. I am fairly certain I know what Skye’s issues are and will most likely be reading her story soon. If I was just going on the first book I wouldn’t not have progressed with these books. But after reading this one I am curious to see how Ridgway handles Skye’s story. Hopefully, I will like it as much as I liked this one and that it too contains some heart achy moments. I just hope that the whole secondary storyline ends with this book. Not. a. fan.

Christie Ridgway’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, March 11th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews – Beach House No. 9
Wednesday, March 13th: Romancing the Book – Beach House No. 9
Thursday, March 14th: A Chick Who Reads – Bungalow Nights
Monday, March 18th: Babbling About Books, and More! – Beach House No. 9
Wednesday, March 20th: Simply Stacie – Bungalow Nights
Thursday, March 21st: Adventures of an Intrepid Reader – Beach House No. 9
Friday, March 22nd: Peeking Between the Pages – The Love Shack
Monday, March 25th: Chaos is a Friend of Mine – The Love Shack
Wednesday, March 27th: Book Junkie – Bungalow Nights
Monday, April 1st: Passionate Encounters – Beach House No. 9
Tuesday, April 2nd: Urban Girl Reader – The Love Shack
Thursday, April 4th: Ticket to Anywhere – Bungalow Nights
Monday, April 8th: Col Reads – The Love Shack
Wednesday, April 10th: Urban Girl Reader – Beach House No. 9
Thursday, April 11th: Good Girl Gone Redneck Beach House No. 9
Friday, April 12th: From the TBR Pile – Bungalow Nights
Monday, April 15th: Seaside Book Nook – The Love Shack
Wednesday, April 17th: Urban Girl Reader – Bungalow Nights


4 Responses to “Blog Tour: Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway (Review)”

  1. heathertlc

    I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one more than you expected to – that’s always a treat!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. Vivien

    It’s good to hear that the story got better for you. There’s nothing worse than being even more disappointed in the sequel. Hopefully it’ll only go up from here.

  3. Helen Moulden

    You know if it hadn’t been for this review I would never have considered this book – I think the name would have put me off a little. But now I’ll give it a read!