Made for Us: The Shaughnessy Brothers #1 by Samantha Chase

Made for Us: The Shaughnessy Brothers #1 by Samantha Chase

Big boisterous family with a touch of co-dependency and the usual level of in your face nosiness highlights the Shaughnessy family from Samantha Chase….

Made for Us

After the death of their mother, Aiden tried to take charge of his siblings and father, keeping everyone in line and organized. Now years later, he’s not focused on himself or his own life, and his father is starting to point this out.

I liked Aiden: typical eldest, the one that everyone leans on and he does mediate issues and involve himself in everything.  He’s a control freak, perhaps compensating for the one thing that went horribly out of control, his mother’s death years ago.  So, while he’s busy reining in everything and managing everyone else, he’s unable to see his own life needs a little less control.

Zoe is a designer, brought in on one of Aiden’s jobs. A family tragedy had her giving up her own firm and joining another, and a colleague’s mistakes on a big job land her in Aiden’s lap with an order from her boss to make it work or else.  Zoe is good at what she does, and Aiden’s interference and control issues don’t phase her: she simply tells him no and moves forward with the right decisions.  This is not a situation that sits well with Aiden, but he can’t quite figure out why she intrigues him so much.

These two had decent rapport and were very similar in their commitment to work and substituting that work for great losses. While I didn’t buy into their chemistry totally, I did love the interactions of the Shaughnessy family with and without Zoe. The emotional connections in the family are clear and easy to see, and the appearance of Zoe just may soften that 2 X 4 stuck up Aiden’s backside, to everyone’s relief.

A fun story that has great promise for more to come in future installments. Not too overrun with angst or drama, but enough to fuel that itch I’m curious about the next in the series.

Made for Us: The Shaughnessy Brothers #1 by Samantha Chase

Title: Made for Us
Author: Samantha Chase
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492616222
Published on: 4 August, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 19 Hours: 38 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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The Shaughnessy brothers—Aiden in particular—have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. And Aiden has managed pretty well so far. But his father is starting to worry he’s neglected himself.

At the age of thirty-four, he is successful and handsome, and he still has no grandchildren!Aiden’s met plenty of attractive women over the years, but who has the time? It isn’t until he meets Zoe, a designer on one of his jobs, that he starts realizing he wants something more...

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.


About Samantha Chase

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.