Blog Tour and Review: Carrie Elks Canada Square
Secrets have a way of coming out…
Amy Cartwright isn’t sure who she’s supposed to be anymore. Her family thinks she’s flighty, her ex believes she’s a walkover (the bastard) and her friends think she’s plain crazy. But there’s a different side to her that nobody sees, nobody but the cool, sexy Scotsman who just happens to be her boss.
Callum Ferguson isn’t looking for excitement; he’s had that and it almost ruined him. He likes things calm and predictable – everything that his new PA turns out not to be. But from the moment she walks through his office door it’s as though the light has come back into his life, and he can’t get her out of his mind.
Fighting against the inevitable, they both try to ignore the attraction, but the flame of desire is too bright. They’re soon drawn into a steamy love affair that they have to hide from everybody, knowing the revelation could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard for, including each other.
Author note: Canada Square is the third in the Love in London series, but can be read as a standalone book.
“I’m the youngest of three. Nothing’s ever just about me.”
He blinks slowly, eyes heavy lidded. “Something should be.”
The moment twists, the humour dissolving in the frisson that grows between us. I feel it crackling and buzzing against my skin, and all I can think about is that kiss.
Soft, sure. A brief moment of everything.
“Something?” I ask, a little breathlessly.
He catches my gaze, holding it without trying. In that instant I know for sure that whatever I’m feeling for him isn’t one-sided. It weaves between us, soft as silk, unbreakable as iron. It makes me feel delighted and downright scared. I can cope with a crush, enjoy it even. Treat him like the eye-candy he is, a piece of deliciousness to look forward to when I enter the office. But mutual attraction? That’s dangerous. It’s a lingering force that threatens everything; my job, my degree, my hopes for the future.
Here be dragons, but rather than run away from the flames, I’m letting them consume me.
Beyond Books 5 Star Review
I’m a big fan of Carrie’s previous Love in London books so I jumped at the chance to read this one. Each book stands alone yet is linked through a character. A bit like 6 degrees of separation if you will. Canada Square focusses on Amy Cartwright, Alex from Broken Chords little sister. She’s the baby of the family and it really annoys the bejesus out of her that at the age of 23, she is still being treated like she’s 15. With a past frought with health problems (scoliosis, a condition Carrie is all too familiar with) Amy had been with her long term boyfriend Luke for 7 years. He’s basically a philadering a**ehole but she’s taken him back that many times, he thinks he can do whatever he likes. I wanted to kick him in the gonads – hard. The jerk! Amy though, has had enough and after seeing evidence of his infidelity once again, she’s determined that it’s over. I honestly didn’t think she had it in her to stick to her guns!
Amy is a determined character – she has three goals and they all centre around getting her degree and getting the hell out of Plaistow. She’s bright, pretty and has a wicked sense of humour and a smart mouth that frequently gets her in trouble. I liked that about her, it made me think of the inapproprite things that have flown out of my mouth to the wrong people and in this case, it was her new boss. Callum Ferguson is a tall drink of scottish spring water with dazzling green eyes. The attraction is immediate between them both but being an American company, they have a non-fraternisation policy in place which they all but ignore. Callum has a past of his own he needs to move beyond and with Amy, he thinks he can do that. However, there’s always someone lurking in the background to spill the apple cart: a jealous ex, an aggrieved co-worker, a jealous aggrieved co-worker…I’ll say no more on that.
Amy has a lot to deal with through the story, an affair with the boss being just one of them. A person turning up who she thought didn’t exist, the previously mentioned ex-boyfriend, the non-frat policy – all play a part in stopping her getting what she wants. And like any self respecting 23 year old would do, she wallowed and I wallowed right along with her. Luckily, Carrie likes a good old HEA and that’s what we get but not until after the passing of time does that happen.
Secondary characters worth a mention are Alex, the older protective brother. He’s pretty angry at everyone on Amy’s behalf which is endearing for a while until I wanted to shout, ‘take a chill pill dude’. Charlie, her fellow intern who was the friendliest of the bunch but also a bit of an entitled a-hole. I would have thrown the pillock under a bus personally 🙂 and then there’s Cara, the jealous little wench. I really would like Carrie to tell me what happened to her after she did what she did and all the other things I can’t say because basically, they are mahoosive spoilers!!
Overall, I loved Canada Square. I’m a big fan of Edinburgh so it’s nice to revisit some place I’ve been in fiction and discover places I missed out on seeing last time I was there – Arthur’s Seat is top of the list. A great read from Carrie!!