Saturday, December 6, 2014

Once Were Friends by Mark Victor Young

Title:  Once Were Friends
Author:  Mark Victor Young
Published:  July 21/14 by Hanton House Creative Media
Length:  235pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary fiction
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

If you think it’s hard to win back the one that got away, try doing it while you’re taking over her family's company.

To save the firm his father built, ambitious CEO Hal Mercer has to initiate a hostile takeover of industry giant D'Arville Industries.

Owned by the family of the only woman he's ever loved, Kate certainly isn’t going to stand by and let him destroy her family's empire. If only she’d have dinner with him, he could make her understand his intentions. If Hal fails, it's his family’s company that's doomed, his employees who'll lose their jobs. He can't let that happen, but Hal isn’t used to having everyone counting on him like this.

Problem is, it’s becoming less clear which is more important to him—winning the corporate battle of his life or the heart of the woman he loves.

My Review:

I quite enjoyed Young’s writing style. The easy forward flow of words allows you to focus on the story while at the same time highlighting certain aspects of it. Young writes naturally, and words things in a way that is just a little off centre, really keeping your attention. His descriptions made the story pop. I could easily picture myself sitting in the boardroom with the characters, or in any of the other aspects of the story. I loved the parallels that can be easily drawn to Shakespeare. For me it gave an extra element to immerse myself in. At the same time, this story would be equally as enjoyable without any background knowledge of Shakespearean literature.

Getting to know the characters in this novel was actually quite fun. Young doesn’t simply develop characters individually, but also based on their relationships to one another. This multifaceted character development brings the entire story into vivid clarity. The dialogue has a great flow to it, and sounds the way that people actually talk.

Overall, this was a fantastic novel. I found it both original and entertaining. I can’t wait to see what Young comes up with next!

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And before you go, be sure to enter our giveaway!

5 epub copies of Once Were Friends by Mark Victor Young are up for grabs!
Entries are open internationally, where applicable by law.
Entries close at 11:59pm EST Dec 17/14
Winners will be notified Dec 18/14
Winners will have 72hrs to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.


  1. Looks like a very good book! Good luck to all who enter the contest!

  2. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I think this book sounds like it would be a lot of fun to read, and it must be a pretty difficult position to be in if you are going to try and win her heart after this. I want to see how the story ends!

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  3. I like the plot...cant wait to read it. Hoping it to be a page turner

  4. looks like a good book would love to win a copy.