Friday, September 12, 2014

While You Were Writing by Virginia Nelson

Title: While You Were Writing
Author: Virginia Nelson
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romace
Series: Watkin's Pond #2
Main Characters: Sheri and Radcliffe
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Only one way to tame Crankenstein’s monster. Heart-to-heart combat.

Watkin’s Pond, Book 2

Bestselling author and infamous town hermit Radcliffe McQueen knows what he likes, what he doesn’t, and refuses to pretend social niceties. Particularly with a red-hot mess of a woman who’s taken it upon herself to smooth his rough edges.

She thinks she can change him? Bring it. He’s more than willing to teach her the wisdom of doing things his way. Besides, it’ll distract him from the horror of facing a blank page.

Stodgy. Stubborn. Sanctimonious. Sheri Riddle can think of a long list of adjectives to describe her newest project. An artist by trade, a personality renovator by calling, she’s sure she can transform the blockheaded author into a reasonably personable human being.

Yet as they lock horns, each scrapes away layers of the other until something happens that’s quite outside of Sheri’s plans. Something that’ll take more than one taste of passion to satisfy…

Warning: Contains a temperamental author, a moody artist, a sexy assistant and a hoarder house. Did we mention rabid squirrels? Yeah, one of those too.

My Review:
I'll admit I'm a sucker for a story that features a writer and I loved this one because Radcliffe McQueen is the writer that most of us have at heart. Flat out, he's a recluse...he would be happy if no one ever bothered him...EVER. He has absolutely no use for people, but in an interesting twist...he writes romance. I loved that about this character. He may say that he doesn't like or want people, but his books are all about two people connecting at the deepest level. LOVED. THAT.

Sheri is just the opposite. She has a creative heart just like Radcliffe, but she's an artist. She has her own mental scars which have made her who she is today...the opposite of Radcliffe. No, rather than avoid people, she seeks the wounded ones out...looking to find a way to fix them. But that's all just a cover for a person who thinks she can't fix herself. 

I loved this book for the fact that both of these characters are creative and so full of life within their art, but they are both so broken within their souls. That comes through each of them in very different ways though. Radcliffe internalizes all that turmoil, Sheri reflects and shifts that turmoil into a focus on others. But as they work around each other, there becomes an internal shift for both of them. I had to laugh as they truly began to each morph into the others bad habits before they found a stable ground together. I loved the two of them especially when they are at odds (which they are a lot of the time), but even through that conflict, they find a common ground where they both became better and healed through their relationship. 

It's a beautiful story and one I'm so happy that I read. This is the second book in the series, but it's so separate from the first, I couldn't even tell you the characters from the first. It absolutely works as a stand-alone, but I loved it so much that I immediately bought book #1 and plan to read it too. I recommend this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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