Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak Release Date: October 31, 2017 Publisher: Mira Books Book #4 of the Silver Springs series Number of pages: 400 paperback Source: Warren Public Library Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: R Read 4/25/18 to 4/28/18
There are parts to this story that I love…and parts that I didn’t love so much. I’ve found it’s always good to start with some of the positives. The pacing of this story, for the most part, is wonderful. There is a lot to fit into these pages…a crazy ex-husband in jail, a crazy ex-girlfriend who’s pregnant, two young children who are confused, a badly timed attraction between the H and h. So much going on!
There are things about Gavin I should hate. He’s not a bad guy, by any means. He does end up making some questionable decisions though. Which brings me to my least favorite character in this book (I hated her more than the serial rapist!), Heather. Gavin’s ex-girlfriend is ridiculously shallow and selfish. I hated that Gavin couldn’t see her true colors and, although he kept telling her he wasn’t ready to get back with her, he often defended her saying “she wouldn’t do that”. Oh buddy, yes she would!
It was bothersome that Gavin let things progress with Savannah when things were so crazy and up in the air with Heather. But again, I couldn’t hate the guy. There’s just something about him. I guess that’s what Savannah saw! And to be honest, Savannah wasn’t really in a place to be getting involved with anyone either. Whether as a one-night stand, a friends with benefits, or a boyfriend, none of those are what were best for her or her kids. Alas, she took on at least one of those things. Since there was great chemistry between Savannah and Gavin, I guess I can forgive her.
I’ll admit that Brenda Novak had me on the edge of my seat toward the end. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop for poor Savannah. I won’t give any spoilers, but that high tension I was under due to the awesome writing just didn’t end in a satisfying way for me. Some of the things that happened and were discovered were great, but other things felt very rushed by the end, and, certain story arcs just didn’t get the attention or wrap-up they deserved.
It was great to have some past characters from this series take a bit more of a role in this book than they have previously. Gavin definitely leaned on his mom and brother, Eli, for moral support when needed. He may not have told them everything, but it was realistic to me that he would at least include them a bit with his turned-upside-down life.
Although I wasn’t totally satisfied with this story, I wasn’t unsatisfied either. In fact, it’s pretty great. I just wanted (expected?) more after the last book, Until You Loved Me, was so fantastic.