Show Me by Abigail Strom Release Date: January 1, 2018 Publisher: Montlake Romance Contemporary Romance M/F Book #2 in the Me series Number of Pages: 253 Kindle Edition Source: Net Galley Rating: NC-17 Read 12/27/17 to 12/30/17
First, I want to address that when I posted my review of Tell Me I listed it as a standalone. With this story I realize I was wrong and the author has it listed as part 2 of a series with Tell Me listed as the first book. That being said, you absolutely do not have to read one book to read the other. They are more a series in the way they have strong female leads who spent their lives sheltered in some way but find a way to break out of that shell and experience life to its fullest. At least that’s the way I see them…making the series name “Me” very apt in my eyes.
The books I’ve ready by Abigail Strom tend to be very real. They have heroines and heroes I can imagine knowing in real life going through experiences I can imagine in real life. While this story is in no way a science fiction or fantasy book (which, I believe, this author also writes, but under the nom de plume Chloe Hart. I have yet to read those works though), it takes the category of fiction a bit further than those other stories. I mean, how many of us can really say we know an astronaut? Or the grown child of a genius billionaire scientist? So there is a bit of handing over the reins to the author and trusting where she’s leading with this book. Airin and Hunter are both regular people under their titles and experiences. They both have their flaws, their weaknesses, and their strengths. Down deep, people are people.
I always say I can judge how well an author is doing their job by how often I talk to the book as I’m reading. Let me tell you, Airin’s mom had me yelling at this book. For that matter, so did Hunter. Ugh! The mom is so frustrating! That she could get me riled up only tells me the author did her job of getting me to feel the things her characters are feeling. I also cannot tell you how many times I yelled, “Just tell her!” to this book. My husband may have been counting as I would somewhat startle him each time I did it.
Another indicator of a good story is how badly I want to learn more once I’m done reading. Well, I really want to go to Hawaii even more now. And I’m super curious about what strides are being made toward a real mission to Mars someday. I guess that should tell you something.
I’ve been lucky enough to read quite a few books by this author in the last month. I’ll have to dive back into her older works (or those of Chloe Hart) to get my fix.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in my review are my own and given freely. **