Right Man, Wrong timing!
Young mum Bronwyn Reynolds is devoted to her little boy Theo, but she’s married to a not so devoted husband! Juggling two jobs to make ends meet, Bronwyn’s self-esteem is at an all-time low… Enter Harrison Baxter.
Harrison is confident, flirty and breathtakingly handsome – and everything Bronwyn’s husband is not! What’s worse is that she knows every sexy thought about him is forbidden, which makes him all the more tempting.
The only woman that ladies’ man Harrison has ever wanted is one he can never have. Bronwyn has left her mark on him, and he can’t get her out of his mind no matter how hard he tries!
Bronwyn and Harrison have every reason not to fall in love, but are they brave enough to break all the rules? (Goodreads)
At only 81 pages long, Kirsty Moseley really does manage to pack some punch in Reasons Not To Fall In Love. This really is a tale that demonstrates that love can come out of the blue.
The plot was one I hadn’t really read recently in any contemporary romance, but was handled in such a way that was sensitive, yet still had me hoping Bronwyn would kick her loser husband to the curb toot suite. However, I could empathise with why Bronwyn has chosen to stay with her rat-bag of a husband, Finn, even after he cheats on her repeatedly and generally treats her like garbage. She not only fears being alone, but also doesn’t want to have her family say “I told you so” as it is clear that they don’t think that he is good enough for her. The fact that they are right shouldn’t matter, but Browyn’s self-confidence has taken such a battering at the hands of her husband, Finn.
So, when Bronwyn goes to visit her sister after she has given birth, Bronwyn crosses paths with the charming Harrison, her brother-in-laws partner at the advertising firm. The sexual chemistry between the two of them is instantaneous and his flirting does begin to chip away at Bronwyn’s shell. To both parties credit, nothing seems to go any further than some flirting and banter every time they meet at the family gatherings.
At this point, I have to say that there is a substantial time jump between when Bronwyn and Harrison meeting for the first time and when Bronwyn starts to take charge of her life.
As I said, I really ended up liking Bronwyn. Life had dealt her a rubbish hand, but she has made the best with what she has been given. She loves her son, Theo deeply and he is her number one priority. Every choice she has made has been for Theo, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness.
Thankfully, she wakes up and smells the coffee when it comes to Finn and after many years of an unhappy marriage, she divorces her loser of a husband. It is while celebrating or trying to come to terms with being a single thirty-something mum, that she ends up spending a rather sex-filled romp in the sack with the delectable Harrison.
Harrison, who is a bit of an enigma through the book, comes across as a rather good egg. He is charming and helps Bronwyn gain some confidence after feeling rather un-attractive. He lets her take the lead, even though he has always held a candle for her, but held back due to making a promise to her sister and brother-in-law and also because she was married. How her reacts to the repercussions of their mad-sexy night of passion also shows a real strength of character.
My only negative is that the book was too darn short. There was an opportunity here to expand on the plot and characters. I wanted to find out more about the time between Bronwyn kicking Finn to the curb and her actually getting her divorce. I also wanted to see a bit more about Theo, especially as a teenager. This is probably because I am a nosey so and so.
This is my first Kirsty Moseley book, but it won’t be my last. I do have two of her full length books on my TBR, Nothing Left To Lose and Enjoying The Chase. These are definitely going to move further up on the lift, because if they are even as half as good as this novella, then they will be awesome.
Moseley seems to have a knack of creating characters that you end up really caring for. Bronwyn is not the typical Heroine I am used to reading about in contemporary romance books. She seems real, with real problems that everyday people face.
So if you want a quick read that has a happy ever after that gives you hope, without being to schmaltzy, then I recommend giving this a try.