Book Review : The Saving of Benjamin Chambers by Anna Bloom

January 30, 2014 Book review 3 ★★★½

This novella is short and sweet.  Not sugary sweet, it’s a bit more feisty than than that.  It’s set before The Art of Letting Go however it can be read as a standalone (but I’d recommend you don’t!).

Book Review : The Saving of Benjamin Chambers by Anna BloomThe Saving of Benjamin Chambers Published by Soul Mate Publishing on 4 Dec 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Pages: 48
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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three-half-stars

Benjamin Chambers needs saving, he just does not know it yet. Bored of his life of repetitive gigs with a band going nowhere fast and one night stands with girls who are only interested in his role as a lead singer, something has got to change.

It’s just what do you do when the only life you know involves messing around with guitars and attempting to run away from any female attention that comes your way.
Ben has a New Year’s resolution and one that he is determined to keep, quit the band and get a life of his own.

Little does Ben realise that on his last night with his band Sound Box he is going to meet a girl who will turn everything he knows upside down.
As Ben sets himself the challenge to find ‘The Girl’ again, he may be about to learn that in an effort to rescue her, he himself will be the one to be saved.

First Line of The Saving of Benjamin Chambers:

“I don’t need to open my eyes to know that there is something not quite right.”

My Thoughts on The Saving of Benjamin Chambers:

I loved Ben in The Art of Letting Go.  He is a swoony guitar-playing good guy and one that gave me all the feelsBut I’m not sure how I would have felt about him if I read this novella first.  He gets hit hard with insta-love and while it feels romantic, it doesn’t feel very real.

Still it was fun to read about his first meeting with Lilah.  Hint – nothing like that crazy girl remembers!  This novella captures the fun vibe that I loved about Ben, he makes me laugh and I get that he wants out of the life he seems to be stuck in.  BUT falling for a girl after one conversation and making that a basis for altering his life makes him seem a bit shallow and immature.  But seriously, don’t just read that and abandon the series, he isn’t either of those!  Pinky swear! And this series is so much more complex and creative than an insta-love beginning might suggest.

Overall a fun addition AFTER reading The Art of Letting Go but don’t judge Ben by this book alone.  I loved the scene where we saw them meeting again for the second time from Ben’s POV, it was just as sweet, funny and steamy as when we saw it from Lilah’s POV.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

 

Who should read The Saving of Benjamin Chambers?

The Uni Files is a fun series for fans of NA books.  I love the UK university setting and the mix of humour and FEELS in these books so if that’s your cup of tea, then you will love these.  I recommend reading this one as part of the series.

Thanks to Anna for giving me a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-half-stars

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