by Abigail Sharpe – Here’s what I like most about this novel: the characters. I would love to hang out with Sabrina and her whole family, with Quinn and his sister, with the townsfolk (with only one exception, really). They seem like genuine, real people who have lived real lives away before the events of this story. (Okay, I’ll admit that both the newspaper editors are perhaps more stereotypes than individuals, but that’s it.)
Quinn and Sabrina are warm, caring, scarred, damaged, hopeful, giving people, and I enjoyed their two-steps-forward-one-step-back path toward love. Their path was at times hilarious, painful, awkward and heart-warming, with some really hot sex along the way.
Speaking of the naughty bits, I love that the author didn’t shy away from calling the parts what they really are, instead of using the annoying and trite euphemisms so many romance novels overflow with. And the sexual encounters themselves were varied, fun and realistic.
The language of the book is direct, the author’s voice is fresh, and the tone is modern. There’s no sense in this novel that the main female character is incomplete without a man… or that the male protag needs to rescue her from her single-parent spinsterhood. When they get together, it’s because they choose to, freely and independently.
Highly recommended for lovers of modern romance… you know, the kind without all the worn-out tropes. (finished 7/10/14)
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author, who is a friend and sister-wench of mine.]