Happy Monday! To start your week off let me introduce you to Shelly Banks and her title Sway With Me. This is one review of many on this tour, be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what others thought. Additionally, you will want to enter the tour-wide gift card giveaway where you could win a $20 Amazon gift card.
What a cute and clever story with just the right touch of romance and conflict to keep readers glued to the pages as they hope for a happy ever after for this couple! Shelly Bell has given us two characters, ostensibly at cross purposes, and found a way to give them a glimpse into the ‘what may be’, as they deal with what is and what it means to them individually and together.
Ryan is in the middle of a huge life change, formerly worth millions his bottom line is in single digits, and he hasn’t shared that information with anyone. When his uncle’s will is revealed, he finds that he has inherited the old mansion. Not seeing a downside, Ryan is willing to deal with the conditional bequest, for at the end the property can be sold and he can walk away with funding for a new start.
Portia is surprised by a bequest from her Aunt’s husband. Growing up in an unstable situation, her desires for a home of her own just may have been met. She is convinced that this opportunity will, after the 90 day conditional residency, provide her with the home she always wanted.
They arrive at cross purposes to share this home, and there just may be some manipulation and intervention from elsewhere. The night before they take up residency, Portia has a dream that features Ryan, a man she had never met. Yet Ryan’s uncle was maneuvering for him to find a purpose and joy that is not necessarily financial, and uses this opportunity to play matchmaker.
Brought together by chance, neither had initially considered a romantic attachment, but their chemistry is undeniable. Slowly they start to share the stories of their lives and their dreams for the future, yet they are still reluctant to explore what their feelings may mean. Both Ryan and Portia are slowly developing before our eyes, rich with emotions, desires, regrets and wounds. The ‘forced’ cohabitation as a condition of inheritance as crafted by his uncle was a clever way to get Ryan to slow down and see what truly is important. For Portia, her desire for a stable home to call her own is overwhelming, and always just out of reach. While I adored the story of the two of them together, and could actually believe in the romance as it developed, my favorite character was the Uncle, with his foresight and manipulation of these two for something more lasting and nourishing than a home.
Title: Sway With Me
Author: Shelly Bell
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: Author via Tour Company
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When ex-millionaire Ryan Sullivan learns he and a sexy stranger inherited a mansion with the condition they must first live in it together for three months, he doesn’t see the downside. In ninety days, they’ll sell the house and walk-away millionaires. He didn’t count on falling for the ethereal woman he’s forced to live with and vowed not to touch. Brought up by an eccentric mother who believes she and her daughters are Muses possessing the magic to inspire creativity in the right men, Portia Dubrovsky never gave credence to her mother’s delusions—until Portia meets Ryan the morning after dreaming of him. Craving the permanent home she’s never had, she’s determined to find a way to buy Ryan’s share of the house—one way or another.
As the walls of the luxurious mansion crumble around them, they can’t deny the electricity they share as they dance to the music which only they can hear. But when the music stops playing, will they sell the home and go their separate ways or have they have built a sturdy enough foundation to last a lifetime?
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.