Mr. Big by Delancey Stewart Release Date: August 29, 2017 Publisher: Loveswept Standalone Number of pages: 243 Kindle Edition Source: Net Galley ARC Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 8/15/17 – 8/16/17
I know, I know…the title and cover of this book are both huge clichés. To be honesty, Delancey Stewart is a new-to-me author and I actually wouldn’t have given this one a second look if it weren’t for the cover and title catching my attention and causing me to roll my eyes. Then I read the description and thought, “what the heck, I’ll give it a try.”
This story is a bit split for me. I was pulled in quickly at the beginning and really loved the first half of the book. Of course, I knew there would be some conflict once all of the secrets between Oliver aka Hale and Holland came out. I actually liked how that was handled and that wasn’t really my issue with the second half of the story.
Holland’s doubts and insecurities got to be a bit much. I totally understand her feelings and her thoughts are justified. I just didn’t need to read about those thoughts and feelings and insecurities so much. It really just got to be a bit repetitive. Enough that I’m knocking down my rating.
On the other hand, I could feel the pull between Oliver and Hale. The chemistry was written beautifully. Oliver’s angst and transformation were also wonderfully written. Ms. Stewart obviously has talent.
There were some points toward the end that I felt the story was going off the rails. The author somehow got it to stay on the rails, but it was taking corners on two wheels a few times. I think I understand what the author was trying to do, but it just wasn’t smoothly executed.
I’ll definitely be checking out more from this author. Although I didn’t love the whole book, I loved enough of it to be interested to read some more.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**