Fully Dressed by Geri Krotow Release Date: March 13, 2018 Publisher: Lyrical Caress Book #1 in the Bayou Bachelors series Number of Pages: 186 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 2/20/18 to 2/23/18
Geri Krotow is a new-to-me author, but I see she has quite the library. Not tons of books, but a significant amount. I’m surprised this is my first time delving into her work.
As much as I enjoyed the storyline and characters, I have mixed feelings on this one. It felt a bit choppy. Now, that could partially be blamed on the fact that I read an ARC. Yet I don’t think it being an ARC is wholly to blame. I just couldn’t fully immerse myself in the bayou along with Poppy and Brandon until about halfway through.
Part of the issue could also be that I felt as though I was missing part of the story. As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the characters. In fact, I liked both the hero and heroine quite a lot. Poppy has had some bad luck but is determined to land on her feet. Plus, she’s in New Orleans for her best friend’s wedding and she doesn’t want anything to distract from the bride. Same but different for Brandon. He’s having an extremely bad run of luck, but he’s a great guy and doesn’t want to disrupt his brother’s wedding. The chemistry between Poppy and Brandon is definitely there. And when we do find out some of the what each of them has gone through I physically ached for them. As much as I don’t mind an author being somewhat vague about a past event as long as the reader gets the gist of what the character is currently going through, I didn’t feel I fully could understand Poppy’s predicament. Sure, I got the main idea about what was done to her. But what did she do at that fateful event that made her such a pariah and fodder for the gossips? What made her so infamous that people in Louisiana had heard (and talked about) her sad story. They all knew, but the reader did not.
I had similar issues with feeling like I was missing part of Brandon’s story, but only toward the end. I can only assume some of his issues are going to be revisited in later books in this series. Especially because his brother’s portion of this story is definitely left up in the air. I wasn’t left hanging in the way a real cliffhanger would leave one, but there is some unfinished business for sure.
The emotions this author evoked will have me reading more of her work. I really did enjoy with story as a whole, there was just a small puzzle piece missing for me.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**