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Sunny with a Chance of True Love: The Ballad of Ugly Ross (Lonesome Point Texas) Kindle Edition
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Everywhere you turn, you'll find books written about bulked up alpha males that use their fists to protect the woman they love... and there's not a single thing wrong with that. But very rarely will you find a romance about a soft, sensitive man who would rather lay back and take a beating than go toe-to-toe with his nemesis. Who would risk his very being to ensure the love of his life doesn't have to be bullied if he can help it. But... that's exactly the kind of man Ross Dyer is. He's warm, affectionate, sensitive, and a bit of a chatterbox when he has something on his mind. He's the little kid who got picked on in elementary, the lanky boy who wasn't quite sure what to do with himself in jr high, and the guy who got friend-zoned in high school. You all know a guy like him. And Mrs. Evans has written a love story that embodies everything GOOD about these men.
And as for the leading lady? She was the girl everyone picked on in elementary. The girl with the tattered clothes, who had a little bit of a stutter, and didn't have the best home life. Jessie brought this woman's demons to live so vividly, I cringed (not in a bad way, mind you.) Being a victim of bullying myself (the only Asian in a town of 2000 people in southern MO, yeah... sucks) I was astounded with how well the emotions of these two people were fleshed out. Every insecurity, every fear they wished wasn't a fear, every strength they drew on because they HAD to... everything was just so incredibly perfect. Mrs. Evans really broke the mold with this book. I always start her books with a very clear idea of what is going to happen... and she shatters all my expectations. Every. Single. Time.
I wish I could give more than five stars...
By: Jessie Evans
When there are 2 Ross’s in the same class, there has to be a way to differentiate. Ugly Ross used to be “ugly” when he was in grade school. He was tall, scrawny, all knees & elbows with a nose that didn’t fit his face and “cow poop” brown eyes. Of course, he was teased, ridiculed & bullied by the other Ross & his friends. But Ugly Ross also had his own group of friends in Mia, Tulsi & Bubba, and then a “loner” friend in a bullied girl, Elodie.
Elodie had a bad home life with alcoholic druggies for parents. Raising a child in a healthy, clean environment was not on their list of things to do in life. Having the water & electricity shut off was a normal occurrence and thus Elodie rarely had clean clothes and rarely showered. The bullies ruthlessly tormented her, nicknaming her Stinky Elodie. But when she was 12, she went to live with her grandmother in the city.
Ugly Ross never felt the companionship with anyone else that he did with Elodie. He was always the odd guy out, who marched to the beat of his own drum & didn’t take social cues well. But the day Elodie moved away from Lonesome Point was a day that he lost a piece of himself. Through the years he had girlfriends, but none ever seemed to last more than a few months.
With all his friends pairing off, Ugly Ross was beginning to think that it would never happen to him until Elodie walked back into Lonesome Point and into his life. They immediately went straight back to their friendship, then a relationship and quickly fell in love.
For me, the novella was too insta-love & cheesey. They last saw each other at the age of 12 and never had any deep and meaningful conversation about what happened, their past, etc. They didn’t even know who the other person was or had become over the last 14 years. I would have liked for it to be a little deeper & more fleshed out, but that’s just me.
I'm in awe of how Jessie Evans handled the bullying in the novel......Love how Ross Dyer stood up to longtime bully Ross Spencer...One should never give in to the bullies....Five stars.
ANOTHER great addition to the Lonesome Point gang!!