- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (November 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1618850954
- ISBN-13: 978-1618850959
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,760,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love On Laird Ave Paperback – November 15, 2011
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"...a fine and much recommended read, not to be missed." Midwest Book Review
"...extremely funny and heart-warming." Romantic Times Book Reviews
"This suspenseful seamlessly crafted book is delightful..." Conger Books Reviews
"...truly a comical story from beginning to end." Manic Readers Reviews
From the Author
The idea for this book came about from my own experiences associating with some very wonderful people who have ADHD. Just because a person struggles with learning disabilities, doesn't mean they can't be a hero. In Love on Laird Avenue, Ryan Bulldarren is a master restoration specialist but a few quirky mental blocks keep him from becoming an architect...and having a successful relationship.
Although Tatum has had everything handed to her on a silver platter, she wants to prove herself and free herself from her over-protective father.
Love on Laird Avenue is about never giving up.
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Top customer reviews
This is a charming story that took me on a wild ride of laughs with a lovable guard dog thrown in. Hope everyone takes the time to read this well written tale of love and compassion.
Ryan Bulldarren is an expert at all things around home renovation, with all the skills of a builder, electrician, plumber and architect all rolled into one. Unfortunately, he also has a learning difficulty which means he lacks confidence in his professional abilities - and his ability to maintain a relationship. Ryan and Tatum are immediately attracted to each other, but the path of true love isn't going to run smoothly, between Tatum's blind dates and the intruders who keep trying to get into the house.
The prologue suggested that Love on Laird Avenue was going to be a romantic suspense, but actually it was more romantic comedy with a bit of suspense thrown in. I enjoyed the plot, and Ryan is a really likeable character (although I'd normally be suspicious of any man who can recognise a pair of $500 mens shoes in the dark).
However, I found Tatum to be a little over-the-top for my taste, and found it difficult to believe that she had the intelligence to graduate college. I know she's meant to be a poor little rich girl striking out to gain independence, but seriously? Buying new clothes every day because she doesn't know how to turn on an electric washing machine? Wanting to be independent but allowing Daddy to underwrite the mortgage? (Daddy's obviously underwriting the credit card and the $275 haircuts as well). Inviting blind dates off an internet matchmaking site home to dinner - without a chaperone?
This is a self-published novel, and while the proofreading was excellent, there were some editing issues, such as repetition (e.g. twenty sentences beginning with the word `she' in just two pages). There are also some issues with the narrative, with too much `tell' and not enough `show', but overall, this is an easy-to-read romance with some nice writing that would benefit from some editorial polish.
Thanks to Cindy A Christiansen and Secret Cravings Publishing for providing a free ebook for review.
P.S. Those who regularly read my reviews know that they are mostly of Christian fiction. Love on Laird Avenue is not Christian fiction - although it is a 'clean' read, none of the main characters have any religious conviction, Christian or otherwise, and it is written by a Mormon. It is set in Utah, so there are a handful of references to the Mormons (specifically, around Prohibition) but nothing particularly 'religious'.
As Ryan spends more and more of his own time and money on Tatum's house, he realizes why he's really doing it. He loves Tatum, but he knows he's the "hired help" and feels unworthy of someone like her. If working on her house is the only way he can spend time with her, then so be it. It also gives him the opportunity to keep an eye on her, as someone keeps breaking into her house, someone is sabotaging her computer work, her mortgage and her life. He even surprises her with a big dog named Bugsy (in loving memory of the historically significant mobsters who used to own her house) to help guard her when he isn't around.
If I tell anymore that would be spoiling, so I won't do that. But I found the book a well written, fun read. It was very sweet and it had a lot of sexual tension, which was not out of place, considering the extraordinarily gorgeous Ryan was in play. I guess Tatum was supposedly gorgeous too, but who cares about her? I wanted them to both get over their insecurities, tell off the people who were keeping them both down, and get together! I also wanted them to discover exactly what was going on in regards to Tatum's house, but them being a couple was my main goal. I don't suppose, Cindy, that we get to hear anymore about Ryan? I mean, them both, of course. But really, just Ryan.
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