Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ready or Not by Carol Schede

Title: Ready or Not
Author: Carol Schede
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Sam and Ginger
Release Date: April 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: self-pubbed
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Sam and Ginger knew each other all their lives. They grew up together. They still lived next door to each other. So why after thirty-some year were they suddenly sneaking around, trying to have an affair? Both were unattached and the timing seemed perfect, at least in Sam's mind. But Ginger was wary, afraid that when the passion had faded—as she was confident it would--Sam would no longer be her friend. Their friendship was more important to her than a quick fling, which seemed to be all Sam was looking for. Fate chose to side with Ginger, preventing Sam from achieving his goal. Ultimately, no match for Sam's perseverance, Fate finally gave up, stepped aside and declared "have at it" but not without throwing some obstacles in their way. Just when it all seemed to be working so well—that deafening thud they heard was the sound of everything falling apart. 

My Review:

Okay, it took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did, I could not put it down. This is such a fun and fabulous book. Sam  and Ginger are best friends and have been so their entire lives. They live next door to each other. They do everything together. They are completely entwined in each other's lives, except when it comes to their love lives. Ginger is a school teacher. Sam is the sheriff. They live in a very small town in Tennessee and are very southern, which I found to be a little annoying at the beginning of the book...the way they interact was almost a too-formal feel for two best friends. But by the time I got into the rhythm of the writing, I liked it.

The best thing about this book is the banter between these two. I really loved it. Sam is ready to jump into this relationship with both feet. He's a guy and admittedly horny (which btw, I LOVE that he uses both of Ginger Lee's names when he's trying to get into her pants.) Ginger has been married and suffered through the painful divorce before. She has no desire to have that happen with her best friend. She sees that as a risk too high, but that doesn't change the fact that she's finding it incredibly hard to resist Sam.

There are some fabulous fun and sexy scenes in this book. Sam is one highly sensual guy and Carol writes about his looks when he's in the mood so incredibly well. There were times when the descriptions of him and the look in his eyes had me shivering just as hard as Ginger Lee. He has this incredible vulnerability to him because he cares so much about what is happening with Ginger. He's told her that it's not that important because he's trying to keep from scaring her away, but he cares... A LOT and that is so sexy on this big tough guy.

I loved the bits that Sam's sister adds to the story. She has a slightly different perspective on these two as she  was 12 years older than Ginger and 14 years older than Sam and she sees them both almost as her kids. There were some great scenes with her and from her perspective that were a fabulous addition to the story. Her observances of Sam in the kitchen at the cabin were absolutely hilarious!!

I'll be honest. The first 25% of this book was rating about a B- in my scoring, but the last 75% was amazing. That section of this book by itself would be an easy A+. I took both those things into account when figuring the overall score. If you decide to give these book a chance (and I HIGHLY recommend you do), stick with it. You won't regret it!

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