The Vine (Entwined in the Vine, #1)
by C.A Ellis
"The Vine is a complex and emotional journey of the heart. A story of love, loss, self-discovery and friendship. A must-read for romance fans." ~ Kelly, Perusing Princesses
The Vine is the story of Lizzy Maynard and Lucas Castle. Two successful singletons who have never felt the need for commitment, yet their worlds collide one day when they least expect it.
Lizzy is still feeling the grief and loss of her parents passing after a fatal car accident took their life when she was only 22. Being an only child her support came in the form of her feisty best friend Katy, a rising rock star, Jett and George, her boss and protective Father figure.
Now working with George as his PA, Lizzy starts getting back to some form of normality but she is aware that her life consists of work and not much else.
Lucas Castle is a successful businessman and renowned batchelor. He is handsome, rich and currently without a 'convenient' lover since he caught his ex, Saskia playing a field of her own.
Lizzy and Lucas collide in the workplace, which sets their fated journey in motion.
A love so passionate and beautiful ensues, and they both succumb to the knowledge that for the first time ever, they have both found love.
But what happens with tragedy strikes twice? Lizzy is left bereft, broken and confused. To lose something so powerful is inconceivable as she makes the decision to change everything about her life.
Running away to Verona offers a new home, new friends and even a new name. She is a walking lie, her smiles artificial, her mind in the moment, but her heart back home in London where it rightly belongs.
Living a lie can come with its own set of consequences, and when a face from Lucas' past comes knocking, Lizzy must face her demons and believe that what she has is still worth fighting for...
The Vine is certainly a story of two-parts. The first is a heartwarming love story of two people who fall irrevocably in love and even though it holds elements of 'sappy' it really is a beautiful thing to behold. Lucas Castle is swoonworthy with the ability to get your panties in a twist.
Lizzy is very insecure. She may be naturally beautiful but she is numb. Her parents death has affected her deeply, and Luke becomes her light as she gradually escapes from her pit of despair.
Then... BAM! Everything about this story gets turned on its head as Lizzy starts a new life in Verona. Without giving too much away, this is where Lizzy finds herself amidst a spoken lie. Sometimes to become someone else, you find out who you really are in the process...
I very much enjoyed this story, although there were parts where the narrative is lengthy and dialogue sparce. Some aspects needed to be elaborated on while others cut short but overall this is a fascinating story that had me experiencing many mixed emotions that made for an entertaining and pleasant read.
I loved the feisty best friend Katy, and Jett is one kind and hot rock star and I'm looking forward to reading his story next.
Kelly - 3.75 Crowns
My Life used to be great. I was happy, full of energy, and most importantly, loved.
From the day I was born, my family were everything to me: until tragedy struck.
Since losing them, I don’t love and I don’t trust; that way, I don’t get hurt.
My breath left my body on a soul-changing gasp when I encountered him, and it’s yet
to stabilize. In him, I have found the glue to mend my broken heart; he makes me feel
complete. There is no doubt I love him, trust him and know he won’t ever intentionally
hurt me. Now, I could lose him. I could lose everything. And this time, I know I will
struggle to recover.
Welcome to the battle for my life.
I work hard. It’s the only life I know. I care about my family, but no one else. Certainly,
there are women, but I don’t do love or commitment, and I definitely don’t believe in
My world tilted on its axis when it happened, when this girl came crashing into my
world, changing my life for the better and making me undoubtedly aware that my life
would never be the same again. I’ve fallen in love and want commitment because I
have met ‘the one’.
My life is now complete. Unfortunately, with a tragic twist of fate, I could lose her—my
everything—but I will never give up, not without a fight.
Welcome to the fight of my life.