Review: Addicted to Ansley by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

There’s very little that I don’t like from this author. The hits still outweigh the misses by a long shot. This is a very simple but tragic story nonetheless. It’s the tale of a young couple; the boy is 18 and the girl is 15 when they initially meet. He’s a bad boy through and through, but he’s able to hide the criminal elements of his personality for the small windows of time that he’s with the most beautiful girl in the world.

Ansley Marlow has never forgotten the boy of her dreams. Well, she really can’t because she’s got the evidence of her time with him. Their daughter. Ward Gemmell has spent the last seventeen years making up for all the wrongs he did when he was younger. He’s dedicated his life to helping teens out of the drug infested situation that he found himself in when he was their age.

After one of his many speeches, a young girl approaches Ward. She looks familiar. After a few minutes of conversation and pleading to work at the center from the teenaged young girl, Ward learns her mother’s name and puts two and two together. I liked that Ward didn’t ‘guess’ that Brooklyn was his daughter. There was little to no hesitation in his contacting Brooklyn’s mom to tell her he knew he’s the child’s father. The no ‘am I the father’ question was a welcome change.

The chemistry between all three worked well. I especially like Brooklyn. She’s not a rebellious teenager. She’s a straight A student with a good head on her shoulders. She listens and obeys her mother. She stands up for Ward even when I assumed she would cower. I sometimes forget that there are such things as good young people – we really only read about the ones who leave trouble and heartache in their wake. But I digress.

This is such a quick read that Ward and Ansley come off stylized. There conflict is minimum and easily fixed. Their love is almost too good to be true. But you know what? I didn’t care one bit because it worked. One thing that I liked that Kage didn’t dwell on was their past. We get to know what happened in their previous lives, but it’s told during conversation and not in flashback (thanks for that!). I thought focusing on their here and now was good and it gave a very clear picture of the people who they are now.

Ward is a good guy. He just wants to help and he’s good at it too. Ansley has her small quirks which I thought broke up the perception of her being so sweet, almost too much so. Brooklyn proved to be a stabilizing presence for her mother and father. Even the secondary characters worked well, especially Jace. The only thing missing for me in this was I would have like this to be longer and fleshed out a bit more.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

Addicted to Ansley
by Linda Kage
Release Date: March 15, 2013
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing

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