Monday, June 4, 2012

Speaking of Love

Lynnette Kent
Contemporary Romance

"Tall, broad-shouldered and lean-hipped, with a workingman's hands and a poet's sad, farsighted gaze, Adam DeVries embodied the sum of all her romantic fantasies."

Phoebe Moss is just a speech therapist and loves helping hurt or abused animals.  Having moved to a small town away from her family, she is happy.  Content.  Couldn't ask for more.  Right?  She had thought so, until Adam DeVries walks into her office needing help with his stutter so he can run for mayor.  But the tenacity of one reporter may force them to fake an engagement in order for their professional relationship to remain a secret.  Adam DeVries is tired of the corrupt mayor and intends to do something about it.  Running himself may seem absurd with his "disability", as his mother calls it, but he has no intention of letting that stop him.  No with Phoebe Moss there to help him.  But she is a distraction all on her own.  And a fake engagement just might lead to true love.  That is, if the campaign doesn't tear them apart first.

My Opinion: Although interesting and complex, I felt that this book could have done more to pull me in as a reader.  The hard work and effort of a political campaign is done in great detail, but by the end it almost felt more like a grocery list of things they did, rather than actual events.  Though I suppose that may be how political candidates feel too.  The romance was sweet, though I continued to loose track of the main conflict since it didn't seem to have one.  Simply several events that drove them apart with little rhyme or reason for the separation or the reunion.  Pheobe is a sweet girl, but not grounded with a past or even a strong personality.  Adam is better, though the author seems to lose focus now and then on who he is.  Overall, I think the author tried to tackle too much with extra characters along with excess events, which caused the main romance and story to suffer.  Still a cute story about running for office.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and opinion are 100% my own.

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