It took me a while to write this review after reading this story, only because it’s a pretty simple concept, but the journey for Rob and Nora is complex yet satisfying. I know you‘d most likely appreciate words from me versus the finger gestures and emoticons that I had during and after reading. Unlike many romance stories, this time it’s the hero who’s sure of the relationship and what he wants and expects. There’s no wishy washy non-sense about his way of life and not wanting to build his own family and all that jazz. Rob’s in his mid to late 30’s and while his siblings are all married and have children, he’s been waiting for that ‘one’ and when he finds her, he’s got one job – don’t chase her off. That single thing is harder than he ever anticipated because his ‘one’ is still getting over the crap that her ex-husband put her through.
This is a slow build into their relationship; there’s no immediate sexual encounter and but there’s chemistry and the art of dating and getting to know each other that works really well. Nora’s in her early 30’s and newly divorced. That’s not to say that she’s newly separated, she and the ex where unhappily living together for a couple of years prior; so she’s been over whatever niceness that he ever possessed. One of the many things that I enjoyed about Nora was that she knew what she didn’t want; she wasn’t sure about what she wanted, to which Rob was patient and understanding. He didn’t rush her and leave her with feelings of inadequacy or being unworthy and that made for a better story.
Rob…what can I say about Rob? He’s such a nice guy. He has his faults but he uses them for good and not evil. He’s willing to put in the work and defeat Nora’s emotional baggage that’s been such a part of her life because he knows that patience will work in his favor. He teases Nora out of her shell and when she needs protecting, he’s the man for the job there too.
The writing in this was smart, fun, and oh yes, sexy – who doesn’t enjoy those sweet nothings whispered at the dinner table?
Happy Reading Folks!
*Book provided by publisher via NetGalley for review
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Her Shirtless Gentleman
by M.Q. Barber
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press