When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.
Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.
Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This Book Nerd Says:
When I was approached to give this book a read I of course hopped over to check out the synopsis. I'm not going to lie to you, I read hot Irishman and things went a bit blurry. I had to restrain myself from adding him to the book boyfriend list just from the synopsis.
Nope. I held strong. I settled in for a good read and gosh I think I was a complete goner the very first time we "hear" Declan speak.
I know I'm talking a lot about Declan (I can't help it, he's quite perfect) but he isn't the focus of the book. It's definitely about Rose.
I found the book unique in how it deals with a interesting element of mental illness. More than being different in plot, I liked that Rose's eyes were open to her situation. She knew (for the most part) what she was dealing with and what she needed to do. This gave me constant reassurance that there wasn't going to be so much of the should I/could I rollercoaster. Whatever it was that she lacked she got from the characters that surrounded her like family - and yeah Declan is in there too.
Okay I'm going to go there again.. Declan.
Declan was quite possibly 100% perfect Book Boyfriend Material. He's mature, kind, patient, well traveled, smart, and.... everything. Plus he's got that accent. It's not a surface attraction; the way he deals with the growing relationship between him and Rose is spot on. The way he treats the women in his life is pretty fantastic.
Things in the story moved along quickly which didn't bother me too much but I consistently saw the characters acknowledging a lot of the same things I had popping in my thought process while reading. One of the main things is that I wish we would have gotten a bit more of the pull between Declan and Rose... a bit more of the pull of attraction and how it transforms into more... but it wasn't an absolute deal breaker for me.
What I thought about this book as it came to a close was how it flipped the script on some of the more typical plots in the genre. Instead of focusing on Rose's sacrifice for love, it reiterated the point that self love and discovery was extremely important. Now you know I have to love that right?!
I'm rating this one at 3.75-4 Stars!