⭐️⭐️ Kinda confusing

A lackluster storyline paired with a writing style that features more “tell” than “show,” this falls flat. This couple is already together (kinda? sort of?) when the book begins, so the reader misses out on them falling for each other, and in turn misses out on the chance to fall for the characters. It’s all push/pull, with a confusing backstory and a heroine who isn’t all that easy to like. I couldn’t get into it at all, and never connected with either of the characters.

The story follows Noah and Sarah, two people who have a relationship that started out sexual. They’re both afraid of commitment but found that they didn’t want to walk away from each other. When Sarah is injured in a car accident, it puts things in perspective for them both… and they run scared of the feelings brought on by the near miss. Six months later, and things are still up in the air between them, but they’re forced to work together on a project, and that stirs up all of their old feelings.

I didn’t love the first book in this series, but I didn’t hate it either, so I thought I’d give this a try. It definitely wasn’t for me. The writing style is so internalized that I didn’t feel the chemistry between these two, and for a couple that’s supposed to have trouble keeping their hands off each other, I didn’t feel any heat. I also found their backstory confusing. Yes, I get that they started as a fling, but the accident happened 9 months prior to present day, and they’ve been working together for a significant portion of that time. Was their relationship just… on hold? Did neither of them really consider that the playboy or the serial dater might’ve… moved on? They claim to not know each other all that well (despite the fact that they started sleeping together almost a year ago), and don’t consider themselves to be dating. Yet Noah is talking about marriage proposals and there’s no discussion before having unprotected sex. I scratched my head a few times wondering what I was missing. Much of the book is spent with Sarah pushing Noah away, which didn’t do anything to help move the relationship forward or make me like her any better. So ultimately I had very little invested in seeing how things played out. I appreciated receiving an ARC via NetGalley, but this one was a miss.

Releases May 19th
Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2y8JpVX
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/365Vvvl
Audiobook: https://amzn.to/3dVomp9


BLURB:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melody Anne continues her sizzling and heartfelt series about billionaire Joseph Anderson’s long-lost nephews.

Salt-of-the-earth navy veteran Noah Anderson is just starting to understand what it means to be exceedingly wealthy. Since he and his four brothers received a huge payout from their long-lost billionaire uncle, they’ve been hard at work building a new veterans center—and hard at play with the lovely ladies in their lives.

Noah, in charge of designing the center, has been mostly focused on work. However, coarchitect Sarah Jennings commands more of his attention all the time. Sparks fly whenever they’re together, but she’s wary—even afraid—of love, and Noah isn’t the biggest fan of commitment.

When they reach a creative roadblock, Noah and Sarah decide to jet across the United States and study the buildings that most influence them. The trip quickly inspires more than just a love of architecture, and with a little help from Uncle Joseph, the reluctant couple gets ever closer to discovering what they’re really looking for.

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