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- Publication date : November 17, 2020
- File size : 1893 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B08G2YX736
- Print length : 281 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,413 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Desperate Times, Emily Goodwin’s second book in her new Silver Ridge series, is a story of second chances. This book continues the story of childhood friends, Sam and Chloe. In Book 1, Backup Plan, Sam and Chloe fought the good fight and finally admitted their long-time feelings for each other. In that book, they confess their undying love with the book ending with Sam being met with a shock from his past. Desperate Times is more of Sam and Chloe’s undying love except that Sam takes much of the book to reveal his secret. I really, really wanted to like these first two books because I enjoyed reading, to various degrees, Goodwin’s Dawson Family series. It is there where I decided to read Goodwin’s Silver Ridge series as these are the brothers of Dean’s wife, Rory. Alas, I am heartbroken because I simply didn’t love these books. I struggled through Backup Plan, hoping that Desperate Times would ameliorate my struggle with that book. Unfortunately, it only underscores the idea that, I believe, Emily Goodwin needs stronger beta-readers. I hate to write those words because I understand that this book is one of Goodwin’s “babies.” However, given more care, this book and its predecessor have a ton of potential.
For one, I don’t think Sam and Chloe needed a duet. There is quite a bit of repetition in the two books. In the first book, the struggle is allowing themselves to fall for each other. It takes most of that book for them to accept their interest and for Chloe to forgive Sam for the choices he made out of immaturity. Goodwin draws our their chemistry. In fact, between the two books, that is what Goodwin does well. However, that is also an issue, especially in Desperate Times, because Sam’s only three focuses in this second book are bedding Chloe, telling her constantly how much he adores her physical attributes in the bedroom (read between the lines here), professing his “I love yous”, and worrying over needing to share his secret. This is it. As a physician, he unravels too easily even though he claims to handle the pressure of being a trauma anesthesiologist well. He is written “uneven” for this story.
Similarly, I am not a huge fan of Chloe’s. Between reminding us of her eccentricity and her acceptance of it, along with her own constant professions of love for Sam, she isn’t a heroine that I felt invested in. Yes, Goodwin attempts to draw her as an independent, self-made woman, but this characterization is repetitive throughout Desperate Times AND Backup Plan.
Additionally, the story doesn’t really go anywhere. Desperate Times reads like a daily log of activities with some inciting incidents that never build in gravity. It takes Sam until 88% into Desperate Times to finally share his secret with Chloe. Yes, I understand the want for authors to build to a climax, but the rising action of this romance reads flat. Either Sam and Chloe are engaging in bedroom activities or Sam is worrying over his relationship with Chloe or they are remembering the past while doing present activities. It’s a merry-go-found for Chloe and Sam, and it causes the story to drag. Even more, Chapter 27 and Chapter 28 are the same chapter.
I hate writing every word of this review because I read for enjoyment and to promote authors I’ve enjoyed in the past. For me, this book and the Backup Plan are not the normal caliber of Emily Goodwin. It was difficult to read this book because Sam and Chloe have the potential to be one of Goodwin’s best couples. Unfortunately, that potential isn’t realized in Desperate Times.
This one seemed rushed and was just so full of typos. I was really let down. I was looking forward to finding out what would happen in this book. While I completely devoured it in one day, the typos really got to me. The story went as expected and was just too predictable.
It’s a crazy stressful and angsty read, because we are reading these two people who are so in love and so passionate for each other. But there’s this weight looming over them that one of them knows about, and the other is oblivious to. It’s a lot, but the author really makes you feel Sam’s struggle and also that worry about how Chloe will take the news.
Of course this is an Emily Goodwin read, so it’s not solely about Chloe and Sam. We spend some more time with the Harris family, get a bit more info on Mason and Jacob, and we even get some fun moments with our favorite Dawson sister and her loving hubby! I love how Emily connects these series, and really deepens the readers connections with her main characters with her older ones.
All in all this was a great read. I loved Chloe and Sam’s story, and I’m so happy that this author decided long ago that Sam was worthy of his own story. I have to agree, he took us on a ride, but totally worthy! I’m also excited to see what she has in store for the rest of the Harris crew!!
The book start exactly where the first end, Sam finding a secret that will change his life forever, and more that everything it can change his relationship with Chloe, so he find himself doubting if he should tell her about his secret or wait and see if everything is true, but then they start spending more and more time together and it starts getting difficult to tell Chloe about the secret because he is scared he will lose her, and also both are so busy with work and Chloe getting amazing offers for more projects that he doesnt want her to get sad or end their relationship.
They make their relationship official with their families and friends and everything looks great for them until Sam is so trouble about the secret that he decides he needs to telll Chloe because she deserves to know. When he does that Chloe is in shock she didnt expect that so she ask for time to think about everything. But if you want to know what happen and how they find their HEA after the secret and their crazy and busy jobs, you need to read this book!
If you have read the first book you will want to read this one because we finally know what happen with Chloe and Sam. And also I'm excited for the next book in this series!!