- File Size: 1113 KB
- Print Length: 153 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F6UWMKK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love or Luxury (Meadow Ridge Romance Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Rebecca starts out as the proverbial rich girl who's fallen on hard times. She's known no other life than her friends and neighborhood of Meadow Ridge and is desperately trying to stay there and keep the illusion alive. She's waiting for her high school love to return so they can marry and live the ideal life she's dreamt of but her situation keeps worsening which has led to a waitressing job and a chance meeting with sexy and hard working Finn. She at first sees Finn as a way to pass the time until Reid returns, but before long their sizzling connection can't be ignored and she has to decide what she really wants and what will really make her happy. Through most of the story I didn't really care for Rebecca. It seemed a bit pathetic and naive to wait for a man who made no promises for the future with her. Her wanting to use Finn for a fling seemed mean and showed how little she cared for his feelings. Juggling both men's attentions at once also showed how little she cared for other's feelings and there was a bit of satisfaction when everything came to a head for her. When with her friends she talked down about Finn just to fit in and this hypocrisy also rubbed me wrong. It was only when she was with Finn that she became more likable. He brought out maturity and emotional honesty in her when they were together.
Finn was the highlight of this story! He was the quintessential hero, sexy and hard working and not afraid to show and admit his feelings. He brought out the best in Rebecca and I love the slow, yet extremely sexually tense build-up throughout their relationship. Their romance was believable and extremely satisfying with a nicely smouldering sexual encounter.
The secondary characters were predictable with none really standing out. Reid was especially bland and I couldn't understand why Rebecca thought he was worth waiting for, no matter how much money he had. He's easily forgettable. What's not forgettable is the warm and fuzzy feeling this story gave me. It was a feel good story that ultimately conveyed a meaningful message that left me extremely satisfied. Those wanting a sweet story with a nice bit of steam will find this story to be just what they're looking for along with an author who has a pleasantly reliable writing style.
Finn, though, was amazing. A not-quite-perfect hero with traits that were just awesome. He was handsome, thoughtful, kind ... a bit hung up on not ever getting married which, along with his lack of a trust fund made Rebecca cross him off her list of potential husbands. She figured he was good enough for a fling, though.
Reid was sort of a cardboard cut out of a rich doctor. Nice enough, but nothing really made him stand out as a viable contender for Rebecca's affections. Yes, he could offer her everything material that she wanted, but the sparks just weren't there like they were with Finn. Still, I really felt sorry for him when things ended up they way they did. I'm not sure if he was heartbroken or just horrified at the potential scandal, but either way he ended up being used a bit by Rebecca, and he didn't deserve it.
With a large cast of secondary characters to round out the story (I did enjoy Finn's family, especially in the final scene), Love or Luxury is a somewhat predictable story, but still heart-warming to read as we see Rebecca mature and change the more time she spends with Finn. Truthfully, I probably wouldn't have made it past the first chapter if I hadn't been reading this for a review, but I'm really glad I did. The author has a way with words that really paints a picture. I wouldn't have been so annoyed with the heroine if Ms. Thurmeier hadn't made her feel like a real person. A different reviewer here at our site reviewed the first book, so this was my first trip to Meadow Ridge, but I enjoyed it enough I'd pick up another book in the series.
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This is a story that begs for the Happily Ever After. Meet Rebecca. See Rebecca fall on hard times.Read more