Anything But Love – book review

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Anything But Love
by Abigail Strom
Release Date:  July 12, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Contemporary Romance M/F
Book #3 of the Love series
Number of Pages:  226
Kindle Edition
Source:  Kindle Lending Library
Rating:  NC-17
Read 11/22/16 to 11/23/16

Another hit from Abigail Strom.  I haven’t read many of her books, but have loved all the ones I have read.  I didn’t realize this was part of a series and that the first book in the series is one of my favorite books in the contemporary romance genre, Almost Like Love.  I cannot recommend that book enough! Fortunately, you don’t have to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one.  Good thing since it’s book #3 and I haven’t read book #2. 

I really loved the hero Ben from the beginning.  He is very real.  He’s a loving son, a caring teacher, a true friend.  From his point of view, I didn’t see how I was going to like Jessica.  Yet I did.  The author had me sympathizing with her and understanding her journey in a way I hadn’t quite expected.

There is a secret Jessica holds onto that is quite obvious to the reader, but is something that she’s never told anyone.  Since I really hate spoilers, I’m going to try to express my opinion on this without giving too much away.  In some ways I felt the subject should have been delved into a bit further.  Yet there was so much said in the little that was addressed.  To think that Jessica didn’t feel there was abuse because of the absence of violence made me very sad and also made me wonder how many victims out there in real life feel that way.  This book isn’t about Jessica’s secret, not really anyway, so I feel Ms. Strom dealt with the issue in the way that the story warranted.

The love scenes are sweet and thoughtful in the beginning; and hot and steamy as the story progresses.  I enjoy when an author can not only make the sex hot, but also fun.  That’s the way it should be after all.  I can’t wait to go back and read book #2!

4 stars

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About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 23 and living at home while working. He just finished trade school for media arts and is looking for a job that will be a career so he can get out on his own. In the meantime he's got a steady job with benefits. Our youngest, Griffin, is 19 and in the Army. He just got married so I have also gained a daughter. Unfortunately, he is stationed in Washington so they're across the country from us. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago. Since that time I've been slowly trying to get our house in order and catching up on a lot of reading.
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