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REVIEW: “Starting Point” by NR Walker


After going past the point of no return and finally reaching breaking point, the only thing Matthew Elliott can do now is start over.

Matthew Elliott is a recovering man. As an ex-cop and ex-fighter, his new job teaching kids at the local community gym about drug awareness and self-defence, is a little bit of both. His new focus on helping street kids is helping him heal, and with Kira by his side, he’s making strides.

Brother and sister, Rueben and Claudia, are homeless kids and they’re very much alone. As they strike a chord with Matt, he does everything in his power to help them.

But when Ruby and Claude need more help than he bargained for, it stops being about work, and starts being about home.

The day he met Kira, Matt’s life changed direction, and it’s only now he realises that everything he’s been through was a lead up to this. It was never about endings. His life, his purpose, was just beginning.


I love Matt. I love Kira. I love Matt & Kira. *sigh* I didn’t love this book.

I’m trying to place my finger on what was missing for me.

I flipped from boredom to a bombardment of feelz…it was missing its flow. And Kira, it was missing him too.

Things pick up immediately following the spontaneous engagement. It should have been a time of celebration, but it’s not. Matt can’t forgive or forget his sins and he is sinking in a pool of regret. Ironically Kira has forgiven him and only hopes Matt can forgive himself. Which highlights a very real problem couples face during the healing phase in relationship hardships. Constant pangs of guilt and shame attack Matt and he fears the day when his biggest nightmare comes true. He doesn’t understand why Kira hasn’t left him or more importantly why he has forgiven him, and he’s about to pass out from holding his breath all the time. He’s just waiting for the other boxing glove to fall.

He promised no secrets and he’s true to his word. He talks about everything…with everybody. He tells Kira what’s on his mind, and then he tells his therapist, and then Boss or someone else. This is where I would lose interest; we hear everything multiple times. It caused the story to drag and I was feeling meh for the majority of it. Kira’s voice at the end redeemed things for me and I honestly believe it would have been much stronger if he had told more of this leg of their journey. Kira’s last two chapters were my favorite and not only because of what they held, but how they were told. I enjoyed getting into Kira’s head and think a break from Matt’s maudlin would have been refreshing.

Striving to move forward, Matt and Kira focus on strengthening their bonds again. Matt is dedicated to transforming the FC and he’s determined to pass on his good fortune of a clean slate. With his boys at the club and Kira’s help he firmly believes he can make a difference. He realizes he has put his heart on his sleeve too late and when the danger level kicks back up to red, he’s not certain he can handle it anymore. What will he sacrifice to steer clear of danger, and can he live with the price to do so?

Yumi is without a doubt one of my favorite mothers. She kicks ass and she makes me giggle while she does it. I love her influence and presence in the story and I award her Book Mother of the Year! The kids broke my heart and then broke the pieces again. So sad. Claude was well, you just gotta meet her. Oscar was fabulous, and his importance brought tears to my eyes.

I’m thrilled we got another chapter in their book. The drama and angst was top-heavy, but the sweet and gentle was absolutely perfect. It definitely packed a mighty punch of emotions with lots of lovin’ to soothe the sting.

I was stuck on 3 stars till Kira’s voice popped up and boosted things up a tad. Certainly not my favorite of the series, but I’m glad I didn’t miss it.



Susan – 2.5 stars


18338683Title:  Starting Point (Turning Point #3)
Author: NR Walker
Publisher:  Totally Bound
Pages:  264
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Purchase Links: Totally Bound

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Starting Point” by NR Walker

  1. susanylee
    May 7, 2014

    I have to admit this wasn’t my favorite either. :( But, I still love Matt & Kira!


    • Sheri
      May 8, 2014

      I still love them too and I’m uber excited about their future.
      I just wish Kira would have been….louder


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