Welcome to my stop for this new contemporary romance Just the Way You Are by Beverly Barton. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of 3 (Three) Paperback copies of JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Beverly Barton.
I’m honestly torn with this story from Beverly Barton. I hadn’t read any of her earlier titles, so I’m coming at this as a total newcomer to her work. What I discovered was a promising (if for me, slightly squidgy) start that quickly devolved into lost threads, character misses and dialogue that bordered on incomprehensible, if not stereotypical for poking fun at the south. I do have to say that my DH is Mississippi born and bred, and is nothing like the misguided and ill-spoken characters that we encounter in this story, and my engagement and enjoyment of this story suffered greatly from that.
And then there is Mary Beth. OK – so your fiancé is cheating – but you run off to another man right away? Tit for tat much? That’s a childish reaction and her first instinct is to lash out – perhaps remotely acceptable. But then Parr, her fiancé’s brother has NO CLUE who she is? And can’t see his brother for the piece of work he is? Yeah, still didn’t fit.
The connections to me were more hormones than emotional, and the back and forth that Mary Beth was experiencing only showed how unprepared for marriage or a steady relationship she really was. Sad, but you can’t test the waters with serial ‘love’ like you can test drive a car.
There were so many misses in this story after the midpoint that it felt like a rough first draft from a novice author. If you enjoy a convoluted plotline that will just allow you to go along for the ride, this is the perfect lightweight entrant into that pile.
Title: Just the Way You Are
Author: Beverly Barton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 3 February, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 38 minutes
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The South sizzles in New York Times bestselling author Beverly Barton’s sultry tale of a woman torn between two brothers…
Mary Beth Caine has always been the good girl in her small Mississippi town. But when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him—only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.
Parr left Mississippi after years spent holding his family together. Now that he’s back, he can’t steal Bobby Joe’s woman, and he sure can’t offer Mary Beth the tidy happily-ever-after she deserves. But everything about the petite beauty—from her flame-gold hair to her artless sensuality—makes him crave her more. Love or lust, right or wrong, all he knows is that nothing has ever felt like this before, and walking away will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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