A sweet love story that is light-hearted and feel-good…
I went into All For You excited by the blurb. It sounded like an endearing chick lit rom com. I’m going to go about this swiftly – there were elements that I loved and there were parts that weren’t my cup of tea. I’m not someone that only loves Insta-Love or slow-burn, but I am someone that needs a good pace. It’s such a pity that two thirds of this book are just slow and dare I say— draggy. It felt like I was in the fast lane stuck behind a slow geriatric driver. Tedious. There wasn’t much plot development happening and the little character development that did take place didn’t really make me fall in love with neither Grayson, nor Summer. There was no teasing and tickling… there was one VERY tame sort of kiss, but that was it. Yes, I’m a book whore. I’m a book nymphomaniac… kind off. A little. Point is, that very little happened in the first two thirds of this book – and that was so very disappointing because there was so much promise. So much potential. However, one thing I’ll give Melody Grace— once that slow as hell driver buggered off, FML, things really took off!
Like I said, I wasn’t a massive fan of either the hero or heroine in this story… until things picked up pace. Not because they were shagging left, right and centre. For me the sex is actually rather tame and lacks je ne sais quoi, given how broody Grayson comes across – I expected him to be feral in the sack. But, he was just good. Not great. Just good. There weren’t any passions boiling over and scalding me. Anyway, Grayson did grow on me eventually, as did Summer. It really felt like they had so much more to give, they felt like they were reigned in and tightly controlled. Summer has so much passion for her baking, and yet that doesn’t come through into her love life until much later on in the story. Given Grayson’s past experience with love, I can understand his broodiness to some extent, but in all honesty there are times that he’s just a knob. Plain and simple. For a guy that doesn’t like games and drama he sure knows how to brew it with the whole – I want you… Stay away. Jesus, talk about whiplash – maybe that’s why Summer is so blasé about going after him at first.
Okay, that was the first two thirds of the book. The last third… it was like being in a Grand Prix. Grayson and Summer’s relationship literally zooms, a little too fast considering how long it took them to get their act together and even have a proper smooch. I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden it was like someone spiked them with viagra and they were off. I dunno, it felt odd to me because they went from tame to actually rather hot. However, the hotter the sex got the more you lost the emotional connection. Not that it was that strong in the first place. In all honesty, I blame the third person narrative from the dual perspectives. It took away from the emotional build up. Pity. I really feel that had this story been told from first person relatively, it would’ve been AMAZING. Also, Grayson goes from sounding American to English… to American… being British, it made me struggle with his dialogue. But, that’s whatever. Annoying, but whatever.
All in all, despite my serious bitch about the book, it was a good light-hearted read. I would’ve saved this book for a holiday read. In fact, this book will make a wonderfully light and easy holiday read. I feel like I need to read it again because I really want to love it. I want to get to know Grayson. I finished the last page and I didn’t feel like I had any insight into his person, with the exception of his crappy time with love. This was a sweet story and I think that it’ll be greatly loved by readers that prefer a feel-good, light-hearted rom com, as apposed to my general dark romance inclination.
About the Book
Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Melody Grace’s bestselling contemporary romances. Now discover the romance, laughter, and happily-ever-afters waiting for you in her new series, Sweetbriar Cove!
Summer Bloom lives for adventure—and buttercream bourbon frosting. As a high-end pastry chef, she spends her days (and nights, and weekends) whipping up sweet treats, but when an unexpected detour leads her to the dilapidated bakery on Blackberry Lane, she decides to take a chance on her dreams and leave it all behind for a new life in Sweetbriar Cove. She has everything she needs for baking bliss—she just isn’t expecting her new landlord to melt her heart, as well as her chocolate truffles…
Grayson Reid knows better than to fall for his impulsive new tenant. He keeps his life quiet and drama-free, but there’s something about Summer he just can’t resist. He’s learned the hard way that a woman can turn your whole world upside down, but her kisses—and those croissants—are too tempting to ignore. He’s determined to keep the lid on their romance, but soon, their chemistry is heating up the kitchen—and he doesn’t want to play it safe any more.
Can this headstrong pair mix the right ingredients for love? Or will their passion burn out before they can find their happily-ever-after? Find out in the new novel from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!
#1 Meant to Be
Poppy Somerville believes in happily-ever-after. It’s the reason her romance novels have won devoted readers all over the world—and why she’s broken off her engagement just weeks before the wedding instead of settling for less than true love. Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to end her writer’s block and finish her new book. She just wasn’t counting on the handsome, gruff contractor making such a racket next door…
Cooper Nicholson doesn’t believe in soul-mates. He thought he’d found his forever once, and the world proved him wrong, so when the cute brunette comes storming over and demands he keep the noise down, romance is the last thing on his mind. But his new neighbor is full of surprises, and soon, their chemistry is too hot to ignore.
As they grow closer, they discover fiction has nothing on the plot twists life has in store. But will Cooper find a way to let go of the past and risk his heart again? And can Poppy find her happy ending—on and off the page?
#2 All for You
#3 The Only One – August 2017
#4 I’m Yours – November 2017
#5 Holiday Kisses – December 2017
#6 No Ordinary Love – February 2018
About the Author
NYT bestselling author, a SoCal transplant, and sexy romance junkie 😉 I never say no to ice-cream…