A Ring for Rosie by Maggie Wells Release Date: August 7, 2018 Publisher: Lyrical Shine Book #3 in the Play Dates series Number of Pages: 206 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 8/1/18
Let me start off by saying that, yet again, I picked a book to read that is part of a series but not the first in the series. I really try so hard not to do that, but it happens. In this case, I don’t think there was any huge chunk I was missing out on by reading this as a standalone. I’m certain I would have gotten more out of the story if I had known the other characters on a deeper level.
I read this story in one day, so it definitely hooked me early. It helped that I didn’t have to work the day I started reading, but still…I wanted to know what was going to happen next. There’s no slow build to the main idea of this story. Bam, it starts. A couple of chapters in, it slows down to give that build that wasn’t present at the beginning. I have to say, the way this author wrote this story was a bit different from I’m used to, but I liked it.
The character of Rose spoke to me. She’s so strong and so much of a pushover all at the same time. Her heart is way too soft, but she knows this about herself. Rosie just doesn’t seem to know what to do about her softness. Everyone loves Rosie, but that also means that most people also take her for granted.
James is just trying to do the right thing where it comes to his kids and their mom. And boy oh boy, his baby mama is a piece of work! I really hated her and she made me want to do bad things to her. Yet, James is stuck with her in his life forever (no matter their personal relationship) because of their boys. That doesn’t mean I forgive how he handled some things. But I can still sympathize with him.
When Rosie and James finally give in to the inevitable, it’s really touching. Hot and sexy, but also touching. Rosie finally gets to see that she is not alone in her feelings, which is amazing. There’s still some things they have to work through, but that night is beautiful.
I’m looking forward to going back and finding the first two books of this series so I can read about the other friends and their HEA stories.
**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**