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Impasse: A Sexy Contemporary May December Romance (L.A. Nights Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm anxious to read the other books in this series!
My issue with the book is that Nick was pining for Holly for years. He finally captures her attention despite her best efforts to keep him at arms length. The have a brief love affair in which she becomes pregnant. Then Nick decided that it was "to real" and dump her. It took great lengths on my part to finish reading this. I wanted to toss my kindle at Nick.
Despite my issues with the main characters I really liked Nicks dad Dominic and Holly's BFF.
I was given a copy through Novel Reviews for an honest review.
I requested this one before even reading Unlikely, which was kind of a risky move on my part, not knowing if I'd even enjoy the author yet. Fortunately, it was a good move because I did enjoy this, and the first book.
Impasse takes place pretty much parallel to Unlikely, so there's a lot of tie-ins on each story. In this one, we're hearing Holly and Nick's story. Holly is highly reluctant to get involved with Nick because she thinks he's too young and not mature enough to be in a serious relationship. She doesn't even let him prove himself before coming to that conclusion. But he's determined to prove to her that he cares for her enough that it's not just a fling to him.
The L.A. Nights series is great. It keeps the love stories alive, and you're cheering for the girls to figure out what they really want. In Impasse, Holly and Nick are very sweet together, especially with the surprise pregnancy, which I had forgotten about from the synopsis. Sylvie Fox has done it again!
My Rating: Very Good
"Baby ever after" remains one of my favorite tropes. I don't know why that is. Maybe it has to do with the optimism of the happily-ever-after ending extending to a third party (the kid).
Admittedly, sometimes these scenarios can seem implausible, but I think this one was well-executed. I felt like this was something that could happen to me or any one of my friends in the family planning age.
The conflict in In the Nick of Time is you have a man who's ready to commit, but not necessarily ready to settle down. Those things don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. Pair him with a woman several years older who wants structure, stability--family--and you get a relationship that doesn't seem built to last...no matter how good the sex is.
So, what do you do? Throw in a pregnancy and force them work it out. In real life, we know that doesn't always happen. Sometimes the guys walk. In romance, we know in the end they'll stay, but still--it's one of those things writers have to tread carefully over.
I appreciated that Nick--a guy who generally had his act together--got scared at the prospect of family. That resonated with me, especially with Holly's observation that Nick didn't even own a sofa. (What kind of father could he be if he didn't own a sofa? Grown-ups have sofas, right?)
Nick needed a bit of shaking up. He wanted the woman, but not necessarily the baby, and this is where Ms. Fox earns her stars. Nick came around because he got the hell scared out of him. Holly shook up his world in a big way--an IN YOUR FACE kind of way that forced him to adapt.
When I got to the end, I thought, "Yeah, I believe it." And that's the rub with B.E.A.s. I've got to believe that he wants to stick around.
There's some great storytelling here. I loved the secondary characters, especially Nick's dad who was on hand to provide the mature voice of reason. I also loved the L.A. setting. I've never been, so it was nice to read descriptions of places the locals would know, but not tourists. It feels more like a home town that way, and not just a big city.
This is a very sensual contemporary, so if you like spicy that's not quite erotic, this one'll have the balance you like.
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