My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My thanks go to the author for the advanced reader copy of this book.
I’m going to start this review off by saying that I have previously read this authors PNR series Night Watchmen. I loved that series so when I was given the opportunity to apply for the ARC of this book I was certain I was going to enjoy it. However, a small part of me was shocked by the change in genre and it being a contemporary romance but I went into it with an open mind and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed it.
Okay, so Andy is a single mother taking care of her 10-year-old son. She also happens to be an aspiring writer but due to being a single mother and life getting in the way she is unable to fulfill that dream. She is also dealing with a bullying and controlling ex who just happens to be the father of her son who is hell bent on making her life as miserable as possible by going after full custody of their son just so he can have all the power over her. Andy is also secretly in love with her younger brothers’ best friend.
Dean has always had a thing for Andy and five years ago they ended up kissing, however because of Andy and her fears and her reluctance to rock the boat with her ex and protect her son, Andy walks away. Obviously, Dean is devastated.
Now it’s the present day and they’re thrown back into each other’s lives. The old feelings are still there, even more so. Those pent-up feelings are tenfold now and the attraction resurfaces. After spending a little time together, they begin the relationship they wanted to start 5 years ago. BUT things aren’t as easy and care free as they seem and starting a relationship whilst fending off all sorts of issues that are thrown their way isn’t going to be easy.
I really enjoyed the characters although if I have any criticism it’s that Dean wasn’t passionate enough for me, I would have liked to have seen a little more aggression in passionate terms. I thought Andy was the right kind of shy, she had that girl next door feel to her, the one you can’t help having some empathy and sympathy for. I’m probably going to sound like a loon for saying this but I really enjoyed Matt’s character, not the abusive part but the perhaps redeemable part. It doesn’t excuse any of the unspeakable things he had done but gave him that humanitarian edge.
All in all, though I really enjoyed it. It’s a testament to an author when they can make you go through several different emotions in one book and that is what happened whilst reading The Taste of Her Words.