Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Review: "Only You" (Sugar Lake #2) by Melissa Foster

Only You (Sugar Lake #2) Melissa Foster
Date Finished: December 26, 2017
Date Published: December 5, 2017
ISBN: 9781542049016
Genre: Romance
Source: Personal Copy - Amazon

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

My thoughts:
When you write enough reviews, you start to have your formula for them.  For me, I start with what I like and then talk about the things that didn't work for me.  In the case of this book, however, I feel like I need to flip that around, so bear with me as I start with what I didn't like about this book.

I read enough romance to recognize a stereotype from a mile away and Bodhi is the most typical of romance heroes.  He's former military who now leads special ops!  He has a dog!  He's in a small town for just a short period of timed!  He loves kids!  He's....the same character that I find in so many books.  In fact, he's so typical that he was downright unbelievable.

And he and Bridgette fall in love instantly.  There is no real "getting to know you" period here, it is love at first sight and spicy sexy times at first opportunity.  Moreover, the second book in this series falls into the same trap as the first in that there is no real conflict here.  Bodhi and Bridgette have a time limit on their relationship and...that's that.  The lack of conflict makes me feel like I'm not actually reading a story, but rather just an account of something that happened and, because of that, I am left feeling unfulfilled.

The ending of the book was predictable, which is not the worst thing.  What was a problem, though, is it just felt rushed  It almost seemed like Foster had a finite number of pages to write and realized that she had to wrap things up as quickly as possible.

But, here's the thing...damn if this book didn't make me cry!  And I read this almost in one sitting, so it obviously held me.  So, even if I rolled my eyes, it wasn't enough to leave me unmoved.  Yes, I wanted more of a story and, yes, I wanted a more compelling hero, but what was there was at least enough to keep me going.

My reward for all this was the most delightful epilogue.  I enjoyed it for 2 reasons: first of all, it had some wonderfully awkward dinner conversation thanks to a child who doesn't quite understand the birds and the bees (and it made me snort water out my nose).  Secondly, it sets up what I think will be a compelling, and hopefully better constructed, third book in the series...providing that the brother Ben is the subject of the next book.

I can't say if this was a successful book for me, but at least it went out on a high note and left me with a sense of optimism for the rest of the series.  It was at least an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, and no one can complain about that.

I was not solicited for this review and I received not compensation for this post.

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