Book Review: Anywhere by J. Meyers

Skye Whitcomb is running from her troubles, and where better to run than Europe? Fresh out of college, she makes quick plans with her best friend Paige and hops on a plane.

Of course, nothing ever goes as planned—at least not for her. First, Paige has to bail, and Skye’s left to travel alone. Then she meets sweet and sexy Asher Benedict in Paris, and sparks fly after a night together on the train to Rome. He’s all kinds of perfect for her, but the timing couldn’t be worse since she was running from the altar when she left—so the last thing she wants right now is a relationship.

But Skye’s about to discover that no matter how far you run, love can find you anywhere.

Release Date: August 30, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Review copy from author

I like to break up my paranormal/sci-fi reading regime with good contemporary fiction.  I started Anywhere knowing that I like J. Meyers' writing (having enjoyed her Imaginable series), and expecting a good read with lots of emotion.  I had no idea I'd fall so head-over-heels in love with this book!

I love the premise of Skye being a runaway bride.  She didn't leave her groom at the altar, but did leave the country a mere week before the wedding.  I think that takes a lot of courage and self-awareness and I liked Skye all the more for her somewhat scandalous past.  The last thing Skye expects or wants for her three months in Europe is to meet someone else, but when she meets Asher, there's no denying that there's definitely some chemistry between them.

There's nothing better than a good, well-written, emotional love story, and Meyers really delivers with Anywhere.  The plot was fresh and had some great surprises.  I loved the ending---which I did not see coming, and that the ending was slightly open.  I like to be able to fill in some of the blanks regarding the happily ever after.

I love that the love stories in New Adult fiction have a more permanent feel to them, since the characters are 18 and over (in this case, 22 and 23).  It's entirely plausible to think that characters who fall in love in their early twenties could stay together if not forever, at least for a good long while.  I like feeling like the characters I come to love in a story get to stay together and be happy for a long time.  That's sappy and emotional of me, but true. 

I loved everything about Anywhere.  The characters were well-developed and did not fall into the cliched norms for this type of story, and the story was heartfelt and full of (tasteful) passion.  Anywhere is a stand-alone novel, so there is plenty of closure.  I finished this book with a smile, and can't wait to read more from J. Meyers! 

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