Finished 10-18-12, romance, pub. 2012
I like to read debut novels. It’s like you’re getting the scoop on a really great sale or gossip about who’s going to win Project Runway. I stopped accepting debut books a few years ago because there were just so many seasoned writers I wanted to read but when Trish offered a romance for the TLC tour (other tour stops here) I said yes. I don’t read enough romances.
Because having it all does not necessarily mean having it all at once…
In a small, Virginia town where fly-fishing is the favorite pastime and Hampton Steel is essentially the only employer, Associate General Counsel Livi Miller believes she has reached the top rung of Hampton Steel’s corporate ladder. With her alcoholic boss retiring soon, Livi is the presumptive heir to Hampton Steel’s general counsel position. However, in the midst of proving herself promotion-worthy, Livi’s high school sweetheart, Jake Cooper, returns from Iraq and causes long-lost butterflies to alight in Livi’s emotionally charged stomach. The resulting loss of her promotion to slimy newcomer Edward Winston combines with her rekindled feelings for Jake to place Livi on track to choose between her career and her heart.
If she chooses Hampton Steel, she saves her hometown. If she chooses Jake, she saves her butterflies as well as herself.
I liked Livi. She was a driven career woman, but one who also lamented not having it all. She wanted a relationship and a family of her own but was was married to her job. And when things got funky at work she wasn’t afraid to get right into the middle of it, even though there was real danger. I was happy to see that Jake came back and offered her a chance at personal happiness. I would have liked a little more about Jake. He came back from serving in Iraq with his best friend dead and I wanted to know more about his transition.
This is a short read, which is always a plus for me, but maybe in this case it was a bit too short. There were a few storylines that were brought up and then just dropped (like when Jake attends church) and the whole reunited with your first and only love was a good story that happened so quick. I wanted more. I actually felt like I spent more time with Livi at work and all the craziness there, which I liked, but it felt like less of a romance because of it. That could be good or bad depending on if you like romances :)
This was a solid debut.
Thanks to Trish at TLC for putting the tour together.