Thursday, 3 November 2011

Book Review: Something So Right by Elyse Mady

Title: Something So Right
Author: Elyse Mady
Release Date: 19 September 2011
Number of pages: 161 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: After having her heart broken, Lily Carver ran north to manage an upscale resort—and back to her longtime friend Sam Denning. Though she's well aware of how hot Sam's become, she refuses to risk her heart again. No matter how incredible his kisses make her feel…
Sam's been in love—and lust—with Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can't resist his seduction. But Sam's a forever kind of guy and she's only interested in short, painless relationships.

Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best-laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attraction—and by a secret Sam's been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything.

My Thoughts: I will start by saying that by pure chance I have been following Elyse Mady's writing career from the start: I stumbled upon her first short story (The Debutante's Dilemma) which was nice, then fell hard and fast for Learning Curves so I was very much looking forward to Something So Right, especially after having read its blurb as I loove friends to lovers stories.

Something So Right is Sam and Lily's story. They met when they were both young teens, grew up together, became best friends, and somewhere along the years and memories Sam silently fell in love with Lily. Now Lily is back after an abusive relationship and it seems they can't stop their relationship from progressing into something more.

Sam was a delightful character: he is warm-hearted, generous, caring and thoughtful. He is all that is reliable and safe: he brought up his two younger sisters after their parents had died even though he was barely older than a teenager and he would lay down his whole life for Lily, and as Lily's sister is championing his merits:
"No matter which way you look at it. He’s gorgeous, he’s built, he’s got all of his own hair and teeth and then some. He doesn’t live with his mother or suffer from ex-wife-itis, he’s successful and owns his own business, he raised his sisters single handedly since the age of eighteen and he’s an all around nice guy who likes kids and is kind to puppies.” 

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This is the view I need to be happy, she’d said. The irony was exquisite. Because that was what he whispered to himself every time he saw her too.

how adorable that at fourteen with his hard earned money he wanted to buy poney backpacks for his lil sisters

loved how most of the narrative was through sams pov and we could see and follow his thought and emotions

“A relationship?” She shook her head and her hair slipped free of its temporary restraints, tumbling over her shoulders with abandon. “No, I don’t want that. I don’t want a relationship with anyone. Ever. That’s the thing any guy I’m with from here on in needs to understand, right up front.” “Oh.” He’d been wrong. Why had he thought— “I want sex.” She brushed a thick strand of hair away from her face. “I want it a lot. I’m not going to deny myself anymore. And, if you’re still interested, I want it with you.” Sam’s heart stopped beating.

“You want a fling. To scratch an itch?” His voice

wonderfully perceptive and realistic portrayal of the emotional scars and bruised self esteem of abuse victims

The anger that had sustained her during their confrontation was gone. Now there was only loneliness, heartache and the deep-rooted certainty that she’d just lost her best friend.

He’d spent his whole life trying to protect Lily from harm, trying to show her how much he cared about her, without ever gaining the courage to say it outright. Now, in a moment of fear and bewildering emotion, he’d managed to hurt her more deeply than he ever could have imagined.

“Is that how you feel, Sam? Like you can’t forgive me for forcing you into this mess?” When he turned, his eyes were filled with compassion. “No. That’s not how I feel at all. I feel sorrow and I feel guilt and I feel anger for every stupid, thoughtless, venomous word I shouted at you but I have never—not even once—felt like this was your fault.”
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He would be there for her today, tomorrow, in two weeks, in two years. The constancy of his support was and always had been unwavering, his friendship an anchor during so much of her tumultuous life.

He thought she didn’t value his love? He couldn’t be more wrong. It meant everything to her. She loved him. Not as a friend. Not as a temporary lover. But as the best man she had ever, would ever, know.

Verdict: Something So Right you was a very nice and emotional story but somehow after the love at first read of Learning Curves it fell a bit short for me. Mazbe it was due to it being a bit darker and sadder, or because Lily was such a unique heroine that I couldn't identify with her. All in all a nice read, you should check out Elyse Mady's novels, and if you'd like a personal favourite recommendation, then start with Learning Curves, you won;'t be disappointed!

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 7/10
Cover: 9/10 - love the vibrant colours and contrast of the fall leaves and the crystal clear water

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