Ahhh this book. This was one of those books where I spent half the book wanting to give the MC’s high fives and the other half wanting to reach through my Kindle and shake some sense into them, but regardless of how much my eyes hurt from all the rolling and the mild case of whiplash Dani and Rob gave me, I enjoyed their journey in its entirety. It brought out all the feels with the sweet and frustrating moments and kept me turning the pages until the very end.
My heart went out to Rob and Dani, it did, because they both have such huge hearts, but these two definitely put me through the ringer. They are both dealing with their own demons and have, in their own way, shut down pieces of themselves in the name of self preservation. I really liked both Rob and Dani even though they did drive me crazy in their own ways, they were genuinely good people who fate decided to toss into the frying pan and see how’d they fare once pulled out of it. And although it took them both a while to figure things out, once they did it was exciting to see where they went with it.
Their journey, both separately and together, was a bumpy one, aka frustrating as h*ll, thanks to both of them loving to have conversations in their head with themselves instead of out loud with each other, but considering what they had both been through up until they met, it was to be expected. What kept me turning the page was that despite the numerous starts and stops they kept evolving and working through their issues, even when they didn’t consciously realize it. When they were just being themselves and shut out the reasons why they couldn’t be together their interactions were sweet and funny and I really liked where they found themselves at the end of the book.
The writing was engaging. the pacing of story was good and liked the dual 1st person POV. There were a couple of secondary storylines I would have like to have gotten a little more out of, but since the story was very concentrated on Dani and Rob and their relationship I can understand why they were left as they were. The secondary cast of characters were done well, though my favorite is Sampson. This is my first read by the author and even with the rollercoaster of a ride Rob and Dani took me on, I really enjoyed it.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
Sometimes love speaks for itself…
After an accident in the line of duty, firefighter Roberto DeRosa’s life is turned upside down. His career fighting fires is over, and he’s left with an uncertain future and an injury that makes communicating difficult for him. The only time words flow easily is when they’re lyrics and he has a guitar in his hands. Talking to women is definitely out, especially if they have bright blue eyes that seem to see right into his soul.
Dani Hodge is on the brink of realizing her dream of opening a small combination wine and book store in San Diego’s funky Ocean Beach neighborhood. But before she can open the doors, there’s work to be done, more work than she can do herself.
When the tattooed guy who completely ignored her at a bar walks by and offers her a hand wrangling a tile saw, Dani can’t afford to say no—and why would she say no to Mr. Strong and Silent when his stare conveys more than words could?
Hello! I'm Delancey Stewart, and I'm glad you found your way to my books and my website.
I write several different series, but they all have one thing in common -- romance! I actually didn't set out to be a romance writer, but that's another story...
I love writing...but my life includes a "day job" and kids, so when I'm not writing, I'm wearing one of many hats around the house. Literally. We have a lot of hats here. I've got two small boys, so these include cowboy hats, knight's helmets, pirate hats, superhero masks (kind of a hat, right??), and fireman hats, among others. My personal favorite is the coonskin cap with the raccoon tail hanging down the back.
When I'm wearing the writer hat (which is a huge white bonnet festooned with purple ribbons and flowers... okay, not really. But that would be cool), I'm usually trying to work my love of travel, wine, and history into a romance that readers will enjoy.
I'm represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.
I hope you enjoy my books, and I'd love to hear from you!