Bravo! I LOVE IT!
Owen is really an underdog in this book. He has a rough childhood and has shut himself off from the world as an adult. Owen loves to learn but had to drop out of school at a very young age due to a couple of incidents he had at school and with his father and brother.
Sarah didn't really have a rough childhood but she has taken some blows to her self esteem from her sister Kathy throughout her childhood and into her adult years. After an embarrassing moment in school, Sarah decides to concentrate on her studies and eventually goes to college. When Sarah's father turns ill, she is called back home and this is where Owen and Sarah's story really starts.
This story takes place in the late 50's so the "courting" and birth control methods are strange to me, but are important to how Owen and Sarah's relationship develop. I've read some other reviews where people are disappointed that it's not more descriptive. I'm happy it's not more descriptive because I don't want that to overshadow the story. I want Owen and Sarah time and that is exactly what I got.
I am blown away by this amazing book story romance! It was a slow start but so worth the wait. At the top of the blurb its says Genre: Romance with paranormal elements and that is the truth. The "paranormal" aspect of the story is not the main focus but definitely an important part. The focus is on the romance and relationship building between Owen and Sarah and the world that surrounds them. The heat level is very low and Owen and Sarah don't even share a kiss until almost at 50%. The sexual tension between these two is palpable. So every time they have contact with each other you will get little butterflies in your belly. There are some funny, laugh out loud moments, some tear jerking moments and even some major jaw dropping moments.
Owen... what can I say about him. He is just... well... he is a gentleman. He is the kind of guy that will open the car door for you. He's humble and honest but maybe not really forthcoming with all his secrets right away but that is understandable under the circumstances. He's a charmer and doesn't even know it. He's one of my new favorite guys. I just love Owen.
I really love Sarah too. She's just so darn lovable. I never once got irritated with her. She's smart and sometimes wise beyond her years. She is beautiful but doesn't fall for every advance she gets.
The romance between Owen and Sarah is so sweet and beautiful and very realistic. Each passing, every encounter, shy smile, heart ache, longing and laugh... I felt like I was there. I just can gush enough about this book.
Oh the jaw dropping moment... I can't! I just cannot and well... I was not expecting that. I had to take a break after reading that and collect myself before diving back in. Whew!
The only thing I would have liked to see more of is shifting and more descriptive sex scenes. Other than that, this is an amazing book. Very well written and an easy read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I think this book would translate really well into a move. Please run out and buy this book, its only $3.99 on Amazon and you will not be disappointed. If you're needing to cleanse your book reading palate and get back to the romance basics then this just might be the one for you.
Some of my favorite things:
Owen: "I'd like to kiss you, Sarah Browning. May I?" The next kiss wasn't as sweet, but carried a hint of something hotter. Sarah slid her hands up to wrap her arms around his neck. The movement triggered a response and Owen deepened the kiss. Heat flared between them, a little overwhelming, and Sarah turned her head. She gasped for breath as his mount trailed across her jaw and found a sensitive spot beneath her ear. He lingered there, then let out a ling, shaky breath.
Owen to Randall : "I vote my conscience, I'm more concerned with the man behind the stump speech than whether he's a Democrat or Republican. Now, we've talked about money, politics and sex, three things my mother always taught me shouldn't be discussed n polite company. Knowing Mrs. Browning as I do, I can't imagine she didn't teach her children the same thing, which makes it all the more puzzling that all three have come up while we were trying to enjoy this wonderful meal that Sarah prepared for us. It must be some bad outside influence is the only thing that I can come up with."
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.