Review: Calmly, Carefully, Completely by Tammy Falkner

calmly carefully completelyReviewed by Joanna

Book three in the Reed Brothers series and we’re with the youngest brother, Pete, as he gets out of jail. He’s done two years for a non-violent crime and has paid his dues. See, he and his twin Sam were doing jobs for Bone, the local dodgy man, to make money to pay for their brother Matt’s cancer treatment. Sam got away when the police busted them, Pete didn’t.

On release day, Pete’s offered a sweet probation deal by his pro bono attorney if he spends a week at a camp for kids with various disabilities. With his sign language skills learned to talk to Logan, another of his four hot brothers, he’ll be an asset to the camp.

What Pete doesn’t know is that his attorney is the father of a girl he helped before he went to jail – she’d been raped and he came to her aid. Ever since then, Raegan’s wanted to thank him, and it just so happens her family’s farm is the base for the camp.

Nice set up. Except they haven’t seen each other in over two years and Pete’s not been near a woman in all that time. He falls for Raegan straight off the bat, but though she’s grateful for the help, she can’t bear to be touched.

Until she starts to get feelings for Pete.

From my previous reviews you’ll know how much I liked Logan and Emily’s story, and there’s an openness about these NA books which is appealing. This one is a little more plot-light than the first, in that it’s mostly just an unfolding romance. It’s set on a farm; there are horses; there are kids with challenges who aren’t treated like they can’t do stuff, but encouraged to do what they can. It’s nice.

And though I liked both Pete and Raegan, I wasn’t blown away by their journey to HEA. The barriers were few and the action limited, but still, it was sweet and easy to read with a heart-warming feel to it. Nice to see the rest of the family too.

In the previous books I felt the author left a degree of detail out and I felt the same here. Pete went to jail after helping Bone, and though this guy was hanging around Emily and hiring the twins for illegal work, we’ve no real idea who he is or what he’s about. Wouldn’t you want to get revenge or wouldn’t there be some sort of threat here? Like he’d try to recruit him again?

And what about the guy who attacked Raegan? I’d want that SOB dead like yesterday. But there’s little anger here and not much angst, which I think is a core part of the NA genre and something I missed. As it is, this was fine and complete, but a little empty.

Rating: C+/B-

NB – I’ve since read there’s a novella that deals with the rapist and revenge. Still think this should be part of this book in some way but at least it’s been written.

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Calmly, Carefully, Completely
by Tammy Faulkner
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing

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