ARC Review: If Not for You by Debbie Macomber

Posted March 22, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: If Not for You by Debbie Macomber
If Not for You
by Debbie Macomber

2.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 21st 2017
Series: New Beginnings #3
Published by Ballantine Books
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
 

“It was cute but as we Brits like to say…not my cup of tea. ”
~ Under the Covers

I read this book as part of my trying-new-authors adventure, it isn’t the kind of book I would normally be drawn to, but you don’t know if you don’t try right? Well I tried and although this book was okay, I am not in a rush to read more books by Debbie Macomber. It was cute but as we Brits like to say…not my cup of tea.

When thinking about this book, I was struck by the first thing that occurred to me and I believe contributed to why I was unimpressed with it. There was no sex, not even a hint or a fade to black. This surprises me because I hate books that are just sex and you have to read through endless scenes of it I get really bored, but I do like their to be some heat which culminates to something within my romance. When I thought more about why the no sex thing bothered me I realised it’s because without this build up of heat and tension the main characters relationship came off as a budding friendship rather than a budding romance. They had no chemistry, none of the omphf that makes you think that the couple are made for one another, they just feel into platonic like which the author told us was their romantic relationship.

I also found the heroine to be too naive, I don’t mind a sweet and innocent character but she was naive to the extent that she actually hurt the people around her. It made me wonder what the hell was wrong with her and why she would be so idiotic and once you start thinking that about a character it’s hard to claw that back.

This book was okay, sweet and cute in parts but I won’t be reading any of the other books in this series, Macomber’s style isn’t something that suits me.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, it’s been a while since I’ve read Debbie Macomber.

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I dont think I’ve ever read anything by Debbie Macomber. They haven’t interested me.

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I’ll be avoiding this book, thanks Suzanne

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I have read a ton of her books, but the last few were getting on my nerves, so I DNF’d. I get what you mean. The one I read that had an attempted sex scene was really uncomfortable, so I guess that isn’t her style.