Love Love by Beth Michele
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love chocolate. I’ve never tasted chocolate that I thought was too sweet or too rich. But if I had to say one thing that bothered me about LOVE LOVE, it would be that it was a little too sweet for my taste. The book had a concept that had some real substance and grit to it, but was written in a style that was so candy and lollipops that I just couldn’t get into it.
LOVE LOVE is about Gabrielle and her life in New York after experiencing a life-changing tragedy. (See what I mean? Grit.) She lives with her lifelong best friend Fran, who has experienced a childhood filled with abuse and disappointment in the people who should have loved her unconditionally. The two understandably broken girls have found strength in each other and made the best of the disappointments in their life, finding a way to move on even when the memories linger.
Gabrielle is a gorgeous girl who is eternally clumsy and has a sweet tooth that will make you gain 5 pounds just reading about all the calories she consumes. She meets quite possibly the most gorgeous man ever to walk the streets of New York and despite his annoying flaw of being completely self-absorbed, or perhaps because of it, she allows herself the treat of having a no strings attached sexual fling with him. She is able to fulfill her sexual needs without breaking down the walls she’s built around her heart. She also befriends Brad, an endearing coffee shop owner who accepts her for who she truly is – flaws and all.
Concept-wise, this story had everything I like in a book – some sadness, some love – the kind of story that makes you feel! But I just couldn’t get past the delivery. Gabby’s description of Clark was a little too perfect, to where I found myself re-reading the summary to make sure that I was reading the same book I’d selected. Then when Gabby is in New York, I found her clumsiness a little too theatrical and her relationships a little too contrived.
I’ve enjoyed a lot of chick lit in my day, but I need to believe it's chick lit. If I get a story that should be contemporary romance and yet it’s delivered in a chick lit voice – I guess I just end up sitting on the fence, which isn’t a very comfortable seat.
**Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.
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Synopsis:Gabrielle Willis is smart. She's funny. And oh yes, she's a bit klutzy.
When Gabrielle left sunny California bound for the energy of Manhattan, she was willingly leaving the life she had known for the new life she would create. But was she really leaving something behind or was she running away?
On the outside, Gabrielle Willis has it all under control. A new life in Manhattan, a great roommate, and a good job. But she is haunted. Haunted by a memory she's tried to forget and by a family who's abandoned her. But what happens when what's on the outside is only an illusion and in perfect contradiction to what's buried deep within?
Enter Dane Rhodes. He's gorgeous, smart, and sexy as hell. Just what Gabby wants, or so she thinks. But when she meets Brad Dixon, the sweet guy with the crooked smile, he begins to make her see that the very thing she is trying to run from is the very thing that just may push her to see the light.
**New Adult Contemporary Romance. Due to language & sexual content, this book is recommended for readers 17 & older**