Someone LIke You by Victoria Bylin (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

Someone Like YouSomeone Like You
by Victoria Bylin
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
May 3rd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers


Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

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My Review

SOMEONE LIKE YOU was sweet, inspirational, and romantic. It included the togetherness of family, both close and damaged, as well as lovable characters (especially one cute little boy), a spiritual journey for one character, and some sweet romance. An enjoyable read perfect for inspirational romance fans.

Let's talk a little about little more about this story... I loved how the main characters run into each other at the beginning of the book. It gave an immediate tension and also let some serious sparks fly. From there the romantic tension continues, as does some non-romantic tension with an ex and pressure for the resort to turn a profit. I loved the humor and the swoon-worthy moments as well as Zeke's struggle with his faith. I did feel things wrapped up maybe a little too perfectly.

Zeke, Jules, Ellen, George, and Max were all great characters and easily relatable. I also loved how they interacted, and not just romantically, but also the friendships that were present. There were several other characters who had various roles, such as Chet who was real fun, and then Hunter who was the exact opposite. It's definitely these characters, as well as the romance, that made this such an enjoyable read.

Here's one inspirational quote that I couldn't agree more with:
Some changes take a long time, but others are instant. One minute you're standing on your own two feet, and the next you're on your face in the dirt. Getting up takes a lot more time than falling down.

In the end, was it what I wished for? For the most part, yes. I loved the characters, romance, humor, and inspirational aspects and would definitely recommend this one to readers who enjoy the genre.

Content: Some references to prior indiscretions, but clean.

Source: Received a complimentary ARC from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Author Giveaway

Have you read any of this author's other books? I fell like she always has the best covers! They're romantic and have great colors and lighting. I love this one! What do you think?

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