Decisions, decisions! I can’t decide if GriffLo or Meg and Westly’s story is my favorite. Well, it’s a good thing I don’t have to decide, because I’d be here for a long time arguing the merits of books 2 and 3. I’ve read a few series where the first book is the best and the follow-ups just don’t live up the promise – Genna Rulon’s stories are out of the norm in that each story is as good or better than the last. I don’t know where she’s been or what she does but this author is a good storyteller.
The ‘For You’ series can probably be read as a standalone, but I wouldn’t recommend that because there’s so much history for the characters involved that just keeps building from one book to the next. That means fair warning – spoiler alerts from Book 1 and 2 are included. Meg’s first appearance was in book 1, when we met her as one of Everleigh’s coffee shop employees. She didn’t have a big presence, but there was enough sass in her character for me to be interested. In Sam’s story, book 2, we got to see a lot more of her and there was also a lovely anti-hero introduction to that douche Westly and his ‘non-threats’ to Sam. Oh, I disliked Westly so much for the way he treated Sam. Picking up after Sam and Griffin’s story, Everleigh and Hunter are married and just starting their honeymoon, after which Meg finds Westly at her door. He’s the new homeowner next door and already needs a neighborly favor. I so wanted that to go another way but Meg was rightfully flummoxed and she held her own.
I’m not going to spoil it for you, so I’ll keep my review to the story rhythm and plot. Meg’s got some problems – I ain’t gonna lie. All of her problems stem not from her actions, but from the actions of the adults in her life. Now that doesn’t mean that she didn’t create some of her own, but she sure had reason. It’s very rare that I will not hold the adult responsible for all of their actions, but in the case of Meg, I’m going to cut her some slack because that’s some sick and twisted piece of nonsense Mommie Dearest put her through. (Rant coming up. –That’s why not everyone should have kids because they’re too selfish and don’t have any semblance of parental protectiveness for their own young — end of rant). To Rulon’s credit, even before finding out what made Meg tick – I never got the sense that she was anything but genuine in her anxiety.
Who knew that I would end up liking that sleezy scummy Westly? He not only turned out to not be an anti-hero but someone I wanted for Meg. I could see and feel his believable change from tool to terrific. There’s something to be said about the changes someone is willing to make for the right person and Westly is a testament to that. Watching him suffer and fall did make me a little anxious because I feared that it could be too much and therefore unbelievable. That didn’t happen as there were enough moments of the old Westly that blended fluently with the new (and improved) Westly. His chemistry with Meg was really good – yes, hot too. The way that they both overcame their fears of both rejection and hurt worked. That lovely wonderful, onerous, pushy yet lovable Cynthia ‘Thia’ Mesina is back and she’s a hoot and I can’t wait to read about her and her family.
GriffLo and Huntleigh are still major characters; there’s an adventure subplot where Hunter gets to be the man. That part was way too short but I’m pretty sure it’s because I just really wanted this story to keep going. Sam is still, well… Sam and she still over shares everything but that includes the love that she had for her friends and family, so you’ve got to take it all. Everleigh is still trying to best Hunter. That’s never going to happen but she keeps trying and that makes for some fun and endearing moments. Last but not least, Griffin is still the kind hearted giant with a heart of gold. Now put this down and go start with Book 1 – you’re gonna like it.
Happy Reading folks!
*Book provided by author for review
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Temper For You
by Genna Rulon
Release Date: September 24, 2014