Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SUNNY - BOOK REVIEW: "Until November" by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until November
by Aurora Rose Reynolds

November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the Big Apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November, fate has other plans. 

Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman, that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe. 

This book was recommended to me and when I went to check it out, I was floored at how many of my friends had either read it or had it on their TBR list. I, of course, not wanting to miss out, picked it up.

Curiously, I was reading another book by well-known author at the same time and I ended up putting that one down, even though I think, overall, it is better written.  Why?  This book has a nice enough story and the intimate scenes are off the charts hot, but underlying all of that is irresistible storytelling and genuinely nice characters.

Buried underneath the uber-alpha exterior, the Mayson men have a super tender heart.  They live underneath a “curse” to fall head-over-heels in love instantly when they find the “right” one. When lightening strikes Asher, he goes all out and pretty much overwhelms November.  Good thing she is willing.  This begins a whirlwind relationship.

My heart goes out to November.  She is raised by women who is worse than Cruelle de Vil. November is haunted by the abuse she experiences while growing up. The way she explains it: “No one could understand how it feels to have the person who is suppose to protect and guide you through life make  you feel completely worthless,” really moves me. Despite the abuse, she still yearns for a mother. The pain jumps off the page.

The way Asher loves November is elemental. He loves her at such an essential level that just the thought of her pregnant with his child cause him to physically stumble into a wall. Almost child-like, his willingness to wear his heart on his sleeve is hugely attractive and I just wanted to hear more.

I had a few problems with the writing.  The author over-relies on the word “fog”.  A version of “Asher’s fog" appears 18 times, 7 times in the first third of the book.  I get it – Asher is overwhelming and he attention puts her in a “fog," but a phrase like that stands out and using it that many times, makes it lose its impact.

This is a great blend of sweetness of heart and heart-pounding romance. I can’t wait to continue the series.  Thank goodness there is more!

Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her book's love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.

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