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- Print Length: 366 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984528199
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- Publisher: Streetlight Graphics Publishing (September 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009G8ELXY
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Sarah is a girl who lives and loves with a calm, sweet sort of grace. She dreams of being a teacher and finds solace in the pond on her neighbor’s property. Owen is a recluse who hides a world of talent and a heart of gold behind the walls of his mountain home. He’s had too much rejection in his life to open up to others. Especially those with the power to hurt him, like Sarah Jane Browning, the beautiful girl next door.
When the two meet under unusual circumstances, Owen makes an effort to keep himself closed off from the effects of Sarah’s charm. SO… will Owen learn to open his heart and give love a chance, or will he be a total guy and bungle it by getting scared and being a jackass? I guess you’ll have to read to find out.
All in all, nothing explodes in this book. By that I mean, there are no action sequences, no ass-kicking, and literally no one blowing things up. For me, that was a downer but if you like a love story more along the lines of Nicholas Sparks, you’ll probably enjoy this. If you’re looking for a shifter story with a little more magic and classic shifter shenanigans, it may not be for you.
Don’t get me wrong – if I had an Owen of my very own I would hug him and pet him and squeeze him…and pat him and rub him and caress him... mmmm hmmmm.
I tore through this book. I laughed, I cried, I said “awwww”, and at the end I thought “alright I think its time for some J. R. Ward now”. I guess Owen was just a little too sweet for me. ☺
That said, I enjoyed picking up a book that WASN'T in first person POV. I much prefer 3rd person intimate, and in this book it was done quite well—no head hopping at all. The beginning was poorly done. Too much jumping around for several years, and I got hung up on the math of it when Sarah's sister suddenly had a two year old, yet in just a few chapters earlier, almost exactly two years before, she was still in high school and not mentioned as being pregnant. Needless to say, there had to be a 9-month pregnancy in there somewhere; the child simply couldn't be two. I pay attention to those kinds of details, and it bugged me enough that I was jumping back and looking at the provided dates, trying to figure out the discrepancy, which completely threw me out of the story for a bit. So the beginning could have been put together better. This may have been one of those times when the author started at the beginning, when she should have started closer to the middle. But once you get to that "middle" where the death of Sarah's father brings her home from college, the story flows out as good narrative, jumping between the main characters so that you get the proper suspense and tension necessary for this type of romance. I love good romance, but I read it for the story, not the sex, so I skipped the sex scenes in this book, like I do in all modern romances. I have no voyeuristic need to be treated to the intimate details of what people do in private. There's a huge emphasis on safe sex in this novel, which bothered me some, but I guess it's better to be safe, if you're going to do it anyway. My thoughts on that topic are very definite, so I'll stay off that soapbox. At least there was some mention of that fact that sex is better done within the bounds of marriage, even if the characters didn't actually keep with that fact so well.
The paranormal aspect of the story was centered on the male love-interest. It was very light paranormal and not even that central to the plot, though it does play a key role in a sub-conflict. Overall, this was just a light, easy romantic read, with some hard stuff in it to make it feel real. Worth reading if you like that kind of book.