One Good Man by Nona Raines
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book had a lot of promise, but in the end fell short of my expectations.
ONE GOOD MAN had a lot of great elements, including depth of story and character development, but was somewhat lacking in the area of erotic romance. There was just something about the erotic scenes that just didn't jive with the flow of the story.
Andie is a plain-jane, librarian who has struggled with her weight her entire life. She has recently been forced to deal with the death of her mother as well as a laundry list of other emotional issues. When her boyfriend suddenly decides to "take a break," she is stunned, but she pulls up her boot straps and forges ahead. Wary about getting back in the saddle, Andie decides that playing "peeping tom" and fantasizing about her father's hottie neighbor is definitely more her speed...until she gets busted. This is where the story was destined to heat up, and it did for a hot second and then fizzled out.
Though I liked the depth of the story and the emotional aspects that the characters were forced to deal with, the sexy scenes were missing something and felt a bit forced. The romance between Matthew and Andie was slightly out of line with the rest of the story. Andie's internal dialogue about her lack of experience in the bedroom and less than perfect body got in the way of what should have been down and dirty sex with the dirty-hot neighbor. I would have given this story a higher rating if it had faded to black sex scenes and a genre of "romance". The general story line is what landed Ms. Raines a three stars for this read.
**Reviewed on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews and The Romance Reviews.
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