*RC provided via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Author: Abby Niles
Release Date: August 15th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Series: Love To The Extreme
Sequel to: Healing Love, #4
Brody Minton has loved Scarlett Harris for years. But she’s his best friend’s wife, so he’s worked hard to keep his distance. Hearing the marriage is over shouldn’t change anything. Only an ass would make a move on a friend’s ex… Except Scarlett wants help getting back in the dating game, and Brody’s torn. If he helps her out, he can keep an eye on her and guard her vulnerable heart. But having the woman he’s longed for for years in arms’ reach is hell on a man’s restraint, no matter how iron strong his will.
But loving Scarlett is only half the fight.
All Scarlett Harris wants is to get away for a while and rethink her life after filing for divorce from her lying, cheating bastard of a husband. The gorgeous Bahamas sounds like the perfect escape, except she’s booked in very resort Brody “The Iron” Minton is staying at for his sister’s wedding. Now her ex’s best friend is dogging her every move, and is a witness to her first pathetic attempts at flirting in years. If Brody isn’t going to leave her alone, then she’ll just recruit him to help get her reacquainted with her single self.
I may be the boo-guy here, one in a thousand, but I gotta say that this story didn’t knock me out. I wasn’t particularly taken in by this friends-turned-lovers thing, especially by the turbo-speed things evolve between the main characters. Brody was already in love with Scarlett, while she friendzoned him – and rightly so, she was married after all – for eight years, and then, as soon as she is free she feels “this attraction” to him. They just have so many things in common, they like the same things, she’s supportive of him, he’s supportive of her: they are made for each other and up until the point when she gets rid of her cheating husband (who’s an asshole who eventually magically turns consoling and supportive when it suits him).
I get that love and passion are irrational, that life is ruled by emotions, but this approach simply didn’t work for me in a book, since it felt to me like a poor pretext to take the “fated true love” course which I think only works in mythological-paranormal scenarios. Not that I don’t believe in soulmates: deep down I am a romantic, even though that most certainly does not come across in this review.
I know that, in most cases, love blossoms slowly but that’s not a general rule and sometimes, for some people the first-sight thing happens while others need to buy strong pair of glasses and make the bad experiences first.
There’s no rule for love, but there are rules for a good story… whatever those rules are, because like love, liking a book is absolutely individual and relative. So, obviously, these are my personal ramblings and musings to a book that didn’t reach me as it did so many others. It simply wasn’t for me.
I have, however, to point out the positive by stating that I was pleased by the way the author approaches the heavier themes. For that, thumbs up.