|New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger. |
GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!
Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.
GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!
Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.
GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!
I’m going to hit the highs and lows of what I enjoyed and what didn’t work for me with this latest offering from Rachel Gibson. I find her books to be easy, fun reads that I can zip through in a day and What I Love About You fits that description as well. I enjoyed the heroine Natalie and her drive after having the rug pulled out from under her by her (now) ex-husband. She’s a single mom, running her own business and trying to move past all the lies her husband told her. I found her to be a very likable character and I wanted to see her find some happiness.
Blake Junger is dealing with his addiction to alcohol and so far, he’s winning. The ghosts are always there, tempting him, but he’s determined to beat it all on his own. The addiction he deals with daily but the PTSD flashbacks come at the worst possible times and it’s something that could change the direction of his life, specifically related to his job working private security. He and Natalie might make an unlikely pair, but she brings him to life in more ways than one.
Now, what I didn’t enjoy – the romance between Natalie and Blake felt very predictable. They start with it being sex only, that moves into love, that moves into Blake feeling like he doesn’t deserve Natalie and hurts her ‘for her own good’ type thing. Bring on the angst and the big reunion, declarations of love and HEA at the end. I guess I just ended up enjoying the other storylines outside the romance quite a bit more. Natalie and her struggles with bringing her ex-husband back into her life for her daughter’s sake and Blake dealing with his pain and addiction. The non-romance part of the book was really interesting but the romance itself just didn’t do it for me.
While I enjoyed parts of What I Love About You, I can’t say there was anything that really made this story stand out from all the other romantic contemporary books out there. Fans of Rachel Gibson should enjoy this one, as I did, just not enough for it to be a book I’d recommend.
Release Date: August 26, 2014
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