Top 10 of 2016 – 5 Challenge by Amy Daws


Number 5 this year holds a really special place for me as it’s my Amy Daws discovery book. Daws is absolutely fantastic and I have been devouring her books since September when Challenge released. 


Title: Challenge

Author: Amy Daws

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: 23 Sep 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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Synopsis 

He’s her patient. She’s his doctor. They shouldn’t. But God, do they want to. 

Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital. But his busted knee doesn’t stop him from running his well-practiced game on Indie Porter—his redheaded spitfire of a doctor. She’s not his type, not even close. But she could be the perfect distraction from the soul-crushing damage this injury could cost him. 

Indie’s tired of her naivety putting a target on her back. As a gifted child, she’s let her education take the front seat her whole life. But a fling with a footballer like Camden might be just what she needs to grab life by the balls. 

And he could be the perfect guy for the plan she’s been sitting on for over two years. 

But when feelings make a final play, there’s no amount of medicine that can heal the damage to their hearts.


Why is it a top book of 2016? 

Amy Daws has a true talent for transporting readers to London. She combines loveable characters, witty dialogue and the perfect mixture of emotional drama with lighthearted storyline. You can not select a better author if you like novels wih a British theme. 

Review

I want to start this review by saying I had no clue about Amy Daws before picking up Challenge. I was in a total sports romance zone in September and saw the cover and did the grabby hands one click. I genuinely flipped to the last page where you see “about the author” and was expecting a blurb about Amy grew up in London or has been a London transplant for some wild number of years. That’s how well done her books are! This is important to point out because based on my reading experiences, British themed novels go in one of two directions…either they are written by a British or Aussie author and the slang and verbage is so real that you find yourself having to google what a word actually means or they are written by Americans who so poorly researched that they use slang in really awkward ways and it’s just funny in a bad way. Throwing a few bloody goods in a novel doesn’t make it a proper novel.

Daws has a true knack for providig properly executed slang and dialogue. Her world and character building feels so natural. I’ve never been to London but I have friends from London and the dialogue felt like a conversation with them. The city felt real. And it was a fluid easy read where I just understood everyone. After I finished Challenge I have devoured the London Lovers series…6 books by one author and the same world in 3 months and I didn’t have a moment of regret. Daws has some serious London magic. 

Plot

Challenge has an awesome plot line. What do you get when you mix a cocky footballer with a young doctor who’s looking to lose her virgintiy based on a “penis list”? You get one hell of a challenge. Camden Harris, a character briefly introduced in That One Moment, has the hots for his doctor. Indie is a young resident who is trying to find the perfect “penis number one” to lose her virgintiy to. Every woman deserves to experience 3 distinct penises before she settles down after all. 

Try as she might to be professional, Cam is the perfect selection and he’s never one to back down from a challenge. Challenge is a witty and emotional journey as Indie and Cam navigate the balance between doctor/patient and lovers. You don’t want to miss Cam when he decides that being “penis number one” isn’t enough of a challenge and he’s a man who is used to getting what he wants.

Characters

Challenge can definitely be read as a stand alone but after reading That One Moment and well all the London Lovers books), I love the Harris family even more than I did on my first read of Challenge. If you really love London based, emotional stories…I would recommend reading the London Lovers first. And read all of them! All the characters are reoccuring as different couples are featured and you will want to be Frank’s next housemate. 

Back to Challenge, Cam is an epic male lead. He is the perfect cocky athlete. I love his evolution in the novel as he realizes there’s more at stake with Indie than his own wants and needs. You could easily write Camden off as being a one dimensional alpha male when you first meet him. But his character is so faceted and he has so many layers you wouldn’t expect. You can’t help but love this guy when he’s making a mistake or being an overly confident playboy. 

Indie is a great female lead as well. She’s definitely very lovable and you can tell she has a big heart even though she’s not great at using it. Indie has a hard time with emotional attachment and relying on anyone else. We watch Cam push her boundaries and teach her a lot about letting someone in. Indie really becomes self aware through spending time to Cam. I loved that both characters grew so much over the storyline. 

And as with any stellar novel, there is an awesome set of secondary characters. I love love love Belle who is Indie’s best friend and another resident. The two have a fierce connection and even their friendship grows over the story. I also love all the Harris boys. Cam has a great batch of siblings and you will love their clan. 

Feels

Daws has a really great grasp on how far to push readers emotionally. She’s amazing at taking you there and making you ugly cry but balancing that with enough sweet moments and enough laughter that you aren’t even mad at her for the sad stuff.  Challenge has a nice emotional flow. It’s never too much at once. You always feel like it’s exactly right in the moment for the characters. You don’t feel like you’re on a rollercoaster. You feel like you just are watching 2 people learn how to love and let’s all be honest…that has beautiful moments and a lot of ugly moments. Love is a fluid emotion and Daws’ writing illustrates that better than 95% of authors I’ve ever read. 

Go buy all her books. Get a box of tissues. And love every word. And if y’all want to chat about any of the Londoners I will be here! 

Links to Amy Daws’ Social Media

Website
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter
And if you would like a chance to win a signed paperback of Challenge and a few other goodies, you can visit my Facebook Page to enter! (contest open at time of posting)

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