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REVIEW:  Come as You Are by Theresa Weir

REVIEW: Come as You Are by Theresa Weir

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“Molly Young has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Molly’s.

At the funeral repast Molly is unable to tolerate the shoulder-to-shoulder mourners and runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come dawn, with no memory of the past ten hours, she finds herself in bed with a beautiful stranger. She slips away before he wakes up, unaware of the role he’s about to play in her life. Is he the one guy who can convince Molly to face her painful secret and become the person she’s meant to be?”

Dear Ms. Weir,

I will admit that it was your name that got me to look at the blurb for this book and the opening hook that Molly isn’t at all sorry that her adoptive dad is dead that made me want to keep reading it. It’s fairly obvious why Molly hates her dead father though the reveal doesn’t take place until late in the story. Her self destructive behavior and avoidance of getting too close to anyone pretty much spell out what’s what here. She can be a real bitch at times and it’s painful to watch her hurt herself over and over.

Ian is a dream guy. He takes care of Molly before he even knows who she is in relation to him – and that part was a tad squicky to read about even though the reader knows from the beginning that they aren’t blood kin – and keeps on doing so over the course of the story. At times I had to wonder why he kept going back for more helpings of watching her wallow in pain though for her sake I was glad he did.

Why did I keep reading about these characters? Because your writing style grabbed me and wouldn’t let go and you made me care about what had and was going to happen to them. It’s not an easy read though the specifics of Molly’s past aren’t told in gory detail. I think watching her make bad choices and suffer from them took the place of that.

When it’s all over, I get the feeling that Molly is still a work in progress while Ian remains his perfect self. I would have liked to see him be a bit more imperfect, a touch more real but since he’s a balance to Molly’s darkness, he manages to work for me. The other issue from Molly’s past needed more resolution for me. But maybe we’re meant to be left with the feeling that for the first time, Molly is more in control of her life and that she’ll make her decisions when she’s ready. While the end of the book might have left things more up in the air than I wanted, the strength of the writing pulled me effortlessly along. B-

~Jayne

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REVIEW:  One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry

REVIEW: One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry

Dear Ms. Mayberry:

I confess.  This book made me teary at the end.   I think it was because I became so attached to Gabby Wade and felt like she really deserved a happy ending.

One Good Reason Sarah MayberryGabby Wade fell in love with her boss, Ty Adamson.   They actually dated for three years but Ty could never commit to her.  And then he falls in love, get married and has a kid on the way.  Of course Gabby goes through a period of “why not me”.  It wasn’t so much that she loved Ty and mourned his loss, but she wondered what it was that allowed Ty to reach through the commitment barrier with someone else, but not her.  (I wondered that myself as I didn’t really love the heroine that Ty was paired with Ally in The Last Goodbye).

Gabby doesn’t quit her position at Ty’s furniture manufacturing plant. She loves her job, plus she has ownership in the firm itself.   She’s not really pleased about Ty bringing his brother, Jon, on on board without even giving her a heads up.  (As an aside, I felt like Ty treated Gabby poorly throughout the book.  He doesn’t consult with her about much of anything.  He doesn’t know how overworked she is and how much of HIS business she actually runs. He expects Gabby to be BFF with him still, even after he has married some other woman.  He’s myopic and insensitive at best and just selfish at worst. All I could think of during this book was thank god I’ve already read his book).

When Jon Adamson returns home to Australia to put his dead father’s affairs in order, he’s unsure of himself.  He’s always felt like an utter coward having left home as soon as he was able and leaving  Ty to deal with their father’s alcoholic rages.  Because of this, he is unsettled by Ty’s friendly overtures and snaps at Gabby at nearly every turn. Jon also begins to recognize he has a real drinking problem.  Not drinking, ashamed of himself, Jon seems to take it out on Gabby.  Yet, Jon is the only one in the story that really sees Gabby.  He sees the hurt that she tries to disguise seeing Ty and Ally together. He sees that she is overworked.  He sees that she’s entering a dark place.  Maybe he sees all these things because he’s in a dark place himself.

Jon isn’t very nice to Gabby in the beginning but I thought you did a good job of showing us that Jon wasn’t ready to be with anyone in the beginning of the book. He didn’t like himself much.  And this becomes a great source of conflict between Gabby and Jon (and the point that I really became emotionally engaged at a deeper level).  Gabby and Jon fall for each other but Jon holds himself back.  He can’t let go because he doesn’t believe he deserves it and because he doesn’t think Gabby could truly love him if she knew about this past.  He wants her to love him for who he is now. He wants that to be enough.  But it isn’t enough for Gabby because she’s already been with someone (Ty) who couldn’t make that deep commitment to her.  I loved Gabby for really sticking to her guns and saying that she deserved more.  And yes, I did buy into the fact that Jon grew into the man that Gabby deserved because he put her first.

I did feel like the transformation happened a bit too quickly; that the emotional problems Jon had to work through required more than just talking it out with Ty and Gabby.  Jon and Ty both could have used a little therapy.  (Ty because he’s just a myopic jerk at times).  B

Best regards,

Jane

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