Friday, April 17, 2015

Love After All by Jaci Burton ~ Review

Source:  Received a paperback ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Burns, a woman discovers that the man she least expects is exactly what she needs…

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…


See that cute pup on the bar on the cover?  That's Lou!  So love Lou.  She's a shelter dog that even after she got her home had a bad deal...that is until she was dumped on Bash!  He holders her to his yummy chest and takes care of her.  She sits at his feet and adores him.  Love that part of the story.

I've read one other book in this companion series and I really enjoyed it.  So I was excited when the this one showed up.  And it's one of those books that you need when you want to pick it up and just read and read.  I was immediately drawn in and I didn't want to put it down.  

I find Chelsea amusing.  She's a math teacher but her logic fails her.  I can say that because I'm a math teacher too!  Having lots of first dates and very little repeat customers, she's on a mission to find the perfect guy.  Yeah, all her friends told her there was no such thing but she didn't listen.  No, she makes a list.  A very strange list.  It's not the kind of list you expect, see.  Not things like loyal and caring...oh, no.  It includes working 9 to 5 and wearing a suit to said job.  

And Bash so doesn't match up to her list.  As the owner of the local bar, he's so not a 9 to 5 kinda guy and jeans and t-shirts are mostly what he wears, but dang it if he's not the right guy after all.  Hehe. Of course they fight the attraction and Bash even sets her up on a date with someone who does match up to that list...yeah about that?  

I loved both of these characters.  Chelsea hung onto that list way too long and poor Bash was fighting some history that had him avoiding the relationships period.  Of course, as they resisted they were so much fun to watch.  And when they gave in...oh just a little...they were seriously hot together.

Couple time.  I love me some couple time and this book has a fair amount.  I love it when we get to see them together and enjoying each other for more than a few pages.  

This one can be read stand alone or part of this great series.  It's the kinda book you can devour in an evening and go to bed a happy reader.


1 comment:

  1. I love when they characters are trying to resist each other! This sounds like a sexy and fun romance! I'm glad she got rid of her list, and realized what was right in front of her. Great Review Val :)