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by Nicole Michaels
Released: March 1st 2016
Series: Hearts and Crafts #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
“[Nicole Michaels] builds a believable romance, especially considering what these two characters had to go through to get to this point. I’m just not sure if I will be going back to read the other books in the series just yet.”
~ Under the Covers
This little book has been sitting on my bookshelves for a couple of weeks and I decided on a whim to try it out after reading the blurb. Books like these generally suck me in and I was hoping to find a new author’s who’s work I could devour.
Now DRAW ME CLOSE is the third book in the Hearts and Crafts series but since it’s a Contemporary Romance I thought it would be okay to jump in here. This story is about a decorator and lifestyle blogger named Lindsey Morales and a sexy architect named Derek Walsh. If we go back eight years ago, these two actually had something going on but when Derek chose his career over their relationship, it has left Lindsey feeling hurt and bitter. As they work together on renovating an old farmhouse, that is when the tensions rise.
First off, I want to talk a little about the characters. While I liked Derek, it was Lindsey’s character that was a little hard for me to get into. On her own, I think she is a lovely woman. She is intelligent, creative and has that drive that I admire in a lot of people. But when she is with Derek, she is a mean snake and I didn’t really like that. I understand, given their past, why she would act that way towards him but if you were like me and picked up this book without having read the other books in the series, you’d probably see Lindsey as a bitch. She is VERY closed off and while it makes for an excellent conflict for the book, it doesn’t make me want to run and read the other books in the series. I can only hope that she isn’t as nasty in the other books as she is in this one.
I would’ve liked to see Lindsey in her own element first. Possibly in the presence of the other girls first just so readers got a sense that she can be likeable BEFORE Derek entered and the bickering started. But based on first impressions, she came across as too strong and standoffish and kind of set me back a bit.
Nevertheless, Nicole Michaels goes a good job of redeeming her. She builds a believable romance, especially considering what these two characters had to go through to get to this point. I’m just not sure if I will be going back to read the other books in the series just yet.
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When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.
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