Series: The Shaugnessy Brothers #1
Author: Samantha Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 352
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 4, 2015
Can’t make time for love?
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful—and still single. Sure, he’d like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?
She’ll show him how to find it
Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it’s not easy to break down walls you’ve spent years building up. Now there’s a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.
If there’s something I like as much as small town romances-and I like them a lot– it is a good ol’ family saga. Add to that a pretty cover and a promising plot, and hopefully I got myself a recipe for good romance.
Although I liked this book, there were still a few things that didn’t sit well with me. For starters, Aiden is introduced as a workaholic control freak who lacks in the romance department. I could see and like that, but only if he made some solid progress. He was all of the above from beginning to end, and then he said and did some really hurtful things to Zoe, and although I’m all for making mistakes only to atone for them later, I thought some of those things were pretty harsh. And that’s where I lost a bit of my connection with Zoe because I would’ve preferred she not caved so easily.
To be so honest, Aiden and Zoe weren’t as strong as I would’ve liked as the main characters. Their romance felt rushed in the almost teenage like way they handled things. Zoe, though portrayed as a hard worker serious young woman, didn’t convince me with the way she reacted to some bad luck coming her way. And Aiden, a creature of habit, was not convincing at all with his obsessive objection towards change, which included Zoe spending time with his family. Now, there was a reason behind it of course, there was a reason behind everything, but the author seemed to scratch the surface with them.
The idea for the basis of these characters was good, but the end result was lacking. I needed more depth with their problems, I needed more details to understand where they were coming from and definitely more time for them to develop their feelings and take the next step in their relationship. Everything that happened seemed to happen in the last few chapters, before then, it all felt like stalling.
I kind of also wished the change in character perspectives were done in a clearer way, perhaps with more spaced out paragraphs or so. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the story is told from more than one point of view. It helps to get me in the right frame of mind, and though it’s not always a hassle, it helps for a smoother read.
I can say that I will be reading the next book, since I liked the idea in here, and I have one of my favorite couple tropes-*cough* friends to lovers *cough*- to hope for in the future stories. And besides, I am all for reading more than the starter book in a series unless I’m really peeved by it, which wasn’t the case here. I liked the family dynamics, though they were a bit maddening at times, they were sweet at others.
I’m adding two spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge. As much as I liked reading Aiden and Zoe’s interior design flirtation skills at work, I have my fingers crossed for the next brother who I hope to be the clueless one who can’t seem to see what’s right in front of him.
The Shaugnessy Brothers series by Samantha Chase:
- Made For Us
- Love Walks In