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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Cherrie Lynn
Released: June 27, 2017
Series: Larson Brothers #2
“Overall, the romance was a little too instantaneous – I needed a slow burn for this one.”
~ Under the Covers
After reading book one in the Larson Brothers series, I really wanted to know Rowan and Zane’s story. It was gonna have to be a strange one, right? Rowan is pregnant with her recently deceased husband’s baby . . . and Zane is the lead singer of the rock band, August on Fire. There is a HUGE hurdle for them to surpass from the get-go. Color me intrigued.
However, I had to calm my high expectations because —HELLO— recently widowed heroine. AND she is pregnant with a baby. I was very nervous on how Cherri Lynn would continue their story.
Rowan Dugas has been drowning in her personal pain and grief. And no one seems to understand her need to escape, even just temporarily, from the hell that has become her life. Especially those in her family. Her sister-in-law, Savannah should be able to relate. She is dating Zane’s brother, Mike Larson. (SPOILER—Mike is “responsible” for the death of Rowan’s husband). But the people she counts on the most think she has lost her ever lovin’ mind when she decides to go on tour with the band, August on Fire.
And I kind of have to agree. To A Point. What pregnant woman (she is roughly six months at this point of the story) takes off on a tour bus with a bunch of rockers?
Although the romance sparking between Zane and Rowan start off slow, things start to heat up pretty quickly while she is on tour with them and I just had some very personal issues with this. I wanted Rowan to have more time to grieve for her husband. Maybe if their relationship started out as friends first and grew over time (like a LOT of time, Oh, say—AFTER she had her baby and had figured out her life), I would have been more sympathetic.
I do sympathize with Rowan though, when it comes to having time and the desire for space to make her own decisions. Her mother-in-law was too overbearing, always showing up at her house and walking right on in like she freaking lives there. And Rowan, who feels guilty because this family practically raised her, lets her. Rowan needed time to grow up, put her foot down, and take a stand. And I don’t think she was ever given the chance. She jumps from one frying pan into another when she takes off with Zane and his band. I would have liked to see her grow a bit more on her own.
With that said, both Zane and Rowan have tons of chemistry and match perfectly in all other ways. And Zane finally does give her the space she needs to come to her own conclusions—she loves Zane. And although Rowan’s mother-in-law finally comes around, it was a bit anti-climactic.
Overall, the romance was a little too instantaneous – I needed a slow burn for this one.
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