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Review: Part-time Lovers by Shelly Munro (Clare Chronicles #1)

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: November 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

part-time_lovers_by_shelley_munro_1619223554The heart’s best defense is a lusty offense.

“Now that Nolan Penrith is finished with the “Farmer Wants a Wife” reality show, he’s ready to get back to the farm and a normal life free of publicity. Normal also means resuming his relationship with divorced, solo mother Yvonne McDonald.

Except she seems determined to resist any talk of reconciliation. On to plan B: woo her to his way of thinking. And if persuasion includes plenty of raunchy sex, he’s ready to man up.

Yvonne McDonald might still have feelings for Nolan, but she resents the way he expects to pick up right where they left off. Still, she’s a healthy woman with a body that damn it melts for him, so maybe she can twist this situation to suit her needs.

All she needs to do is hold her heart out of reach, hold her head high, and enjoy his brand of lusty sex without a care in the world. Easy-peasy. At least until her plan gets a little kink in it.

Warning: Contains hot country loving between an arrogant, sexy farmer and a woman who intends to prick his confidence and slap him down her way!”

This book is a first in a series but it reads more like the third or fourth book. There’s a series prior to this one where a lot of the characters and story lines originate and although I could piece things together I don’t think that’s something that I should have to do.

Nolan is a farmer who dumped his girlfriend (not that he actually called her that) in order to be in a reality show called the “Farmer Wants a Wife”. He was basically forced into the show by his mother but prior to this he didn’t really publicly acknowledge the woman he was sleeping
with, Yvonne. He said it was to protect her from his mother but it actually did nothing to stop her in the long run because the mother trashed her anyway. The reality show is over and he’s back to pick things up where he left off but Yvonne is pissed off and isn’t having it.

The majority of the story is Nolan trying to get back into Yvonne’s good graces.

What I liked about the story. It’s well written with some great dialogue flow. The sex is hot and varied and Yvonne really owns her sexuality. She likes what she likes and she’s not afraid to try new things. I was impressed that the author wrote a sexually adventurous take charge female in bed.

What I didn’t like. Being thrown into already existing story lines and having to catch up with characters that I don’t know when it’s assumed that I do. I also didn’t care to see that Yvonne’s ex-husband was made out to be an evil gay man who tricked her into a menage with another man and then totally slut shamed her for liking sex. Not cool.

This is a sexy story but if you’re new to this author like I am I’d recommend you read her Love and Friendship series before tackling this one so you won’t be as lost as I was when reading it. As a new reader I’m giving this one a C+ but if you’re a fan and familiar with her characters and story lines I’d bump this up to a B-

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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