Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak

Title: Right Where We Belong
Author: Brenda Novak
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Silver Springs #4
Main Characters: Savanna and Gavin
Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Mira
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs with a moving story about rebuilding your life when you've got nothing left to lose 
Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her "perfect" life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she's eager to take control of something
Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn't until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse. 
Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it's hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.
My Review:
After being attacked in front of her kids in the grocery store, Savanna has had it with living where she and the husband she obviously never knew had their home. Fortunately, she has a backup. She and her brother inherited a house in Silver Springs. She's never seen it and knows that it probably needs some work, but she and her kids need a fresh start, so she gets in the moving van and heads into the unknown. 

Gavin owns the bunkhouse nearby the old broken down farmhouse. He can't believe Savanna plans to live there. No one has lived there besides rodents in years and every part of the house needs help. She's adamant. He's intrigued by her courage and gumption and they form an alliance to get her into the house and maybe not settled, but not missing the essentials.

And things develop from there. 

I've loved the last two contemporary series from Brenda Novak. While this book featured a lot of the same characters, something about the setting and premise of the story felt bleaker reading it. I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed the others. Part of that can be attributed to Gavin's relationship with Heather. At moments she seems like a truly awful person. Other times, I felt sorry for her. Honestly, Gavin has a lot to be accountable for in that relationship. He always knew she felt more for him than he did for her. To string her along simply for accessible sex is wrong in every sense. And the back and forth between him and both women drove me nuts in this one. And that really messed with my ability to enjoy the story as much.

It was definitely my least favorite of the series so far, even though the book is very readable. It just wasn't quite the story line for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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