I decided to do something different with my reviews now. Instead of giving my unsolicited opinions, I will also include visuals-cause that’s how I roll. I need to envision the setting, the characters, and the events that shape the story. Please keep in mind that these images are my vision only and not the author’s, but I hope I did some justice, so without further ado…
This is the story of Kyle and Breanna, and I absolutely loved it!
Our story takes place in the city of Cleveland (as does all TLB novels). Kyle is recently divorced and still dealing with the fallout of his failed marriage, leaving him bitter, broken, and sworn off of women for life. His life is an empty shell. Breanna, on the other hand, is striking out on her own for the first time after leaving her fiancé, a wealthy pro basketball player. She seems strong and determined on the outside, but she’s got issues too. Our couple meets when Breanna or Brea starts a new job as a sales rep at a coffee distributor where Kyle is her supervisor. To say they got a rocky start would be an understatement. They fight the attraction to one another while still trying to come to terms with their own issues making for some interesting, and sometimes funny confrontations, but it’s all rooted in realism. This is the stuff that real people go through-it ain’t all wine and roses, and that’s one of the reasons that I love Toye Lawson Brown’s books. She not only makes the couple work for the HEA, but she makes the reader work for it too by sticking with the story when you’re like come on y’all get it together!
The storytelling is excellent as usual. I get so caught up when I’m reading. It’s not all niceties and sex, but a just-right mix of angst, drama, and romance. This couple may seem like a mismatch, but they really do compliment each other well. They recognize and acknowledge their racial, economic, and social differences without making it the focal point of their relationship, but instead working together as colleagues and as a couple despite them. Kyle is really an understated alpha male, but Brea ain’t no punk either! She comes from the school of hard knocks so she not only has the book smarts, but the street smarts as well. Whether you’re new or an existing reader of TLB’s books, give this one a shot. It’s good.