- File Size: 4792 KB
- Print Length: 480 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bad Apple Press (December 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5LC9HL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Good Wood (Carolina Stallions Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Plus most athlete books are filled with Alpha Jerks, and while I spend a lot of time in HPlandia, where only the most Alpha Meanies of the Alpha are qualified to be H's, that is my avocation, so it doesn't count.
But I read a preview and it intrigued me, so I gave it a shot.
This book was good, really good. The h is a majorly depressed social hacker and the H is a baseball player in a hitting slump trying to get to the majors, he also had a lot of money stolen and he is unknowingly sent to the h in the hope of getting himself sorted out.
That is probably the most unusual paring in all of the Romance Universe, but EC makes it work. Not only does she make it work, she brings an H to the story that is totally Alpha, but so caring and supportive and just there for the h who has been betrayed by nearly everyone, that I almost understand that dreaded term "book boyfriend" - not that I would actually USE that term, I am not in junior high. But this H is would probably be a great candidate for the term that shall not be used, if I were so inclined.
The h is a mess, but it is an interesting mess and the funny thing about her is even when she is falling apart and life is trying to knock her down yet again, she still keeps going. Even when she says she isn't, her inner drive to keep pushing against the obstacles holding her back kept me interested.
Since this h suffers from clinical depression, it would be all to easy to assume that she is going to be a Moaning Minnie downer for the majority of the book. She isn't, she is scared, she is sad and yet she was very giving. Even tho she carried some bitterness, it was understandable bitterness and when she makes her big stand against those who used her and abused her trust and love, I was really, really happy to see her shine.
The H and h together were just fabulous. They seemed to balance each other in the most complimentary of ways and tho the love came fast, it seemed so believable and so right that I felt I was reading a true melding of hearts and souls - albeit one of the most unusual and quirkiest pairings I have ever read.
I enjoyed this one a lot, it had angst, it had pain, it had some unbelievable drama and betrayals and it also had one of the best love stories I have read in a really long time. Both of these people had been hurt, both were carrying on in spite of a truckload of betrayal, but when they were together the pain faded away and all that was left was that little happy glow that true love really can conquer all. Or if it can't, it accepts the good and the bad and is still there at the end of it and still loving and still help both to keep on keeping on.
(Just to clarify, the H and h are nothing but good to each other, they don't betray each other and they don't deliberately try to hurt the other person.)
All the of the obstacles, except giving love a chance and trusting the person you've given your heart to (and BOTH of them have to do that,) are the result of actions by other people in the book. Yet these two lend each other the strength to seek out and receive justice, and the journey to get there was rocky and hilly but it was a great adventure and a very readable and believable romance.
This book was really, really far out of my regular reading zone, but I don't regret a single second of it. Sometimes it is good to try new things, cause you just might find that rare polished jewel amidst all the paste that usually passes for romance now. I am happy I gave it a chance and after shifting through a ton of dross, I am pretty happy I found some gold with this one.
Rita Barnes is staying at the Neon Flamingos camp ground, on the heals of her mother's death, another failed relationship and crippling depression, surrounded by her mama's plastic flamingos, she is silently waiting for the right time to commit suicide, well or try again. Bodie Riggins was on track to be a major league success, until his hitting tanked and his money took a walk with his financial manager, now with orders from his new coach to get his act together and a spot to park his camper at the Neon Flamingo, he's hoping his life will turn around, and his salvation may come in the form of crazy, depressed Rita, or at least be caught and ripped in her tornado of crazy.
True fans of Eden Connors will love this book and not give two damns about how long it took to be released! You can feel Ritas despair, and Bodies troubles come right off the page and even brought out tears. The happy times between the two left me smiling like a loon at kindle my. And then there's the music! I believe that every memory in my life has a song attached to it and with out it they wouldn't be the same. This is true for how Eden wrote this book and only added to my love of Good Wood!
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