Wednesday, May 24, 2017

{New Release} BBReview: "Elusive" by Ali Dean

Genre: New Adult: Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Publishing Date: May 24, 2017
Page Count: 177
Source: Sent for Review
Format: Ebook

Description from
Kate Walker has a new identity. She’s escaped her past, and lives a fairly normal life for a 22 year old. She’s about to graduate college and bartends to pay the bills. But when her past begins to catch up with her, Kate’s reminded that normalcy is only a fa├žade.
When unexpected events land her rooming with billionaire heirs Sebastian and Evan Webster, remaining reclusive becomes more difficult. As Kate fights her attraction to one Webster brother, she begins to wonder if living in hiding is really living at all.
Is her safety worth sacrificing a chance for love and friendships?
After all, safety may just be an illusion.


I will admit that I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I gobbled this book up in one sitting, but on the other I was felt feeling like I needed more. Kate has had a very troubled past and she escapes it all by moving to a new city and changing her name. She's not just trying not to be recognized, but she is also trying to not be found. I found that I could completely understand and relate to Kate. She was a scared girl, always putting up a wall with people and she was tired of it. I also found that the build up to finding out the truth of who she really is was done very well. I didn't feel like it came too soon or too late. It was done very well.

Evan on the other hand was a different story. I liked Evan, but I wasn't in love with him. He is only 3-4 years older than Kate, but he acts like he is much older. I get that he is a billionaire, runs an empire, yadda yadda, but during his points of view he always talked like he was putting on a sophisticated show, even for himself. He is sophisticated, but you would think his inner dialogue would be more relaxed. I mean his little brother, Sebastian, doesn't act like that. Sure, he is younger and isn't running a business, but he is still sophisticated while acting "normal" for his age. I just couldn't buy into his character.

Lastly, is the action. This is a short story so, I guess not a lot could be done in the time frame, but I just felt like I needed more. Towards the end we finally got some of the action that Kate was so afraid was real, but it almost seemed rushed. Maybe if there were a couple anonymous threats thrown in someone I would have enjoyed it a little more. I just felt like for the majority of the story it was all in Kate's head, and then finally at the end we see there is something she should have been scared of, but it was almost rushed. I don't know. I just needed more.

Now, reading back on this review so far I feel like I am giving this book a negative view, but honestly I am not. I really enjoyed reading this book. I am glad I got the chance to and I plan on reading more from Ali Dean. I just felt like the "good" of the book wasn't much to write a review on. I love everything about the story except I was sold on Evan and I needed more action. Other than that it was really good!


I really enjoyed reading this book and got it done in one sitting. Kate was a great character who was, at least to me, relatable and understandable. I didn't think anything she did was silly or unbelievable. The only things that make me give this book a four, instead of a five, is the lack of action and Evan. Don't get me wrong I liked Evan, and when he was thinking about Kate he was relatable and it seemed his mask was coming off, but he was just a little too sophisticated and business-like to me. He acted older than he was and hardly seemed to relax. As for the action, it could be because the book is short, but it just seemed to lack and feel rushed. By the end, we finally find out what Kate has been afraid of, but it seemed to hurried. I either needed more little tidbits throughout the story, or I needed it to be slowed down a bit. Overall, though, I enjoyed this story, will read more by Ali Dean, and recommend you to try it for yourself.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5


About Ali Dean:
Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

**The books cover, description, and info was all found on Goodreads. A link back has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.**