LOVE, ALWAYS by YESSI SMITH

3.5 STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

Despite the fact that this kind of genre isn’t what I normally read, I was pleasantly surprised by the plot. It’s well structured, the storyline is good and the editing is excellent. Not only was I unexpectedly taken aback by the book’s cover; hence, never judge a book by it, but I also thought it was going to be your typical rock n roll romance story. It most certainly is not! This is a story of two young people finding their way. A story of trust, compassion, commitment; of true friendship.

Coming to terms with the loss of someone so very dear to both these inexperienced protagonists has been dealt with the utmost sensitivity by the author. She has explicitly conveyed how Dee copes with depression, how Adam helps and cares for her while she’s ill, and how he in turn, takes on the responsibility of a child which isn’t his.

This gorgeous young man’s patience with Dee seems to have no limits; however, that didn’t stop me having the impression that he was constantly walking on hot coals. Are they capable of overcoming their personal issues in this story full of emotion? I asked myself this selfsame question because Dee’s attitude downright irritated me. Dee’s crazy friend, Hayley, is a breath of fresh air and her quick off the mark banter got more than one laugh out of me. She is a true friend who holds no bars in any situation. I found her personality totally fitting for smoothing over the rough ride the reader is going to have.

I won’t ‘let on’ any more details about all the wonderful characters because I think this book is worthy of reading, and even though I have awarded it three and a half stars, please don’t be put off by this as my rating has to do with the kind of book I normally read.

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LOVE’S TAMING by MARYANN JORDAN

3.5 STARS

Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

Annie Donovan is a vet. She runs a small city practice, lives above it in a small apartment with her cats and loves her job. She’s kind-hearted and quiet but her life is boring. Till Stoney…

He turns up one night in need of her help to save his dog Sarge and consequently turns Annie’s world upside down. He’s a sexy, smouldering man, but complicated and a total mystery to Annie; nonetheless, she’s drawn to him. They have a night of red hot sex and Annie is hooked lock, stock and barrel. Stoney knows he should stay away from the shy vet, but he can’t help himself. He has secrets of his own that he can’t tell her which unwittingly bring danger to her doorstep. As their relationship progresses, Annie gets irritated by Stoney’s disappearing acts. Her feeling for him are getting out of control and she knows she’s falling for him deeply. When his secrets are revealed, will she forgive him for deceiving her? Stoney decides the life he has been leading isn’t for him any more, he wants out, he wants to settle down with Annie; maybe even start a family. However, his old way of life isn’t ready to let go just yet which puts Annie in more danger. I really don’t want to say much more as it will spoil the book and give away too much.

This is a new direction for Maryann and totally different from her Fairfield books. While the story was good, I sometimes felt it was a bit on the slow side. I also found Stoney quite irritating to begin with in the way he spoke and if the truth be told, I found some of his speech repetitive. The other thing to touch upon is I worked out the storyline / plot line pretty quickly and easily, which for me took some pleasure out of reading the book. Saying that, the sex scenes were flowing, explicitly described, and fitted in perfectly to the story’s structure.