Monday, June 6, 2016

Review 'Black Mountain' by Kate Loveday
An adventure set in the Australian rainforest, where the race is on to discover a precious plant — and an even rarer kind of attraction.

Elly Cooper’s friend Jackson has gone missing — along with a journal that contains her dead father’s lifelong work and the recipe for a product he described as the ‘fountain of youth’, potentially worth millions.

The catch is that the main ingredient is a rare plant found only in the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland. And only her father knew where to find it.

Elly enlists the aid of ex-policeman Mitchell Beaumont to help her find Jackson, the journal and the plant. But someone else is on the trail of the precious plant, and it seems they’ll stop at nothing — even murder — to get what they want.

It’s a race against time in the tropical heat as Elly and Mitchell battle the perils of the rainforest — and the feelings growing between them.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 1st, 2016
Contemporary Romance
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My Review:

After I saw the cover and read the book description of ‘ Black Mountain’, I was very interested in reading this book. An adventure set in the Australian rainforest? Well, that definitely sounds like a great story if you ask me.

In ‘Black Mountain’ we meet Elly Cooper. When Elly’s friend Jackson suddenly ‘disappears’ before their weekend together can begin, Elly is sad and frustrated. When also her dad’s journal has disappeared from her home when she gets back, Elly is afraid someone is after her dad’s hard work to make a youth serum. Together with her mum, Elly hires ex-policeman Mitchell to help them find the ‘secret’ plant for her dad’s serum before someone else finds it.

To be completely honest, this book wasn’t what I expected it to be. From the beginning on I couldn’t really connect with the main characters Elly and Mitchell. Elly was just very naive, and the way she trusted people irritated me. I honestly just couldn’t get her way of thinking. And although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.. In this book it kind of bothered me. Mitchell was a nice character, but I wished we could have read more about him. His character just seemed to be staying a bit of a side character in my eyes. And the whole romance part.. Unfortunately I couldn’t feel the chemistry between Elly and Mitchell.

Than there was the whole ‘youth serum’ part that really couldn’t spark my interest. I’m not a very beauty oriented person, so perhaps that was the main problem for me about this serum.. but I just couldn’t really connect with that part of the book.
The setting in Australian and the rainforest was very nice to read about. I could definitely imagine myself walking through that forest. And I definitely wanted to check out some Australian rainforest pictures after reading this book.

Overall this book wasn’t really for me. It was a nice enough read but I just couldn’t connect with it and missed depth.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Kate Loveday grew up in the seaside suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia with a love of books and always wanted to write. Her career has included publication of travel articles and short stories, as well as full length novels. She previously worked in real estate and building, as an office manager, and finally as a natural beauty therapist, running her own natural therapy business with husband Peter for many years.

In 1988, Kate and Peter moved to Sydney for business reasons and, after thirteen years in that city, they spent three years caravanning around Australia, spending much of that time in Far North Queensland, an area which she came to love, before settling in the mid-north coast of NSW. However, after years of being separated from family, the pull of blood ties became too strong to resist and they returned to Adelaide.

When not writing, Kate enjoys reading, listening to music, good food and wine, and ‘hanging out’ with family and friends. She takes part in writing groups, as well as being the financial manager of a Community Association. Kate says, ‘I just want to write good stories; stories you can lose yourself in, with real characters you can love – or hate – that will keep you engrossed to the end. And if I can manage to touch your heart along the way, I’m happy.’ 

For more information about Kate Loveday please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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