Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Review: 'Love Rewritten' by J. Saman

Author J. Saman has written four novel in the past year and states that ‘writing contemporary romance books that have a bit of an edge is my thing. I'm a lover of picking at old wounds and second chance romances. I write smart, strong women and sexy alpha (slightly nerdy) men who have a softer side.’ Other than that we have no background information, but her novels speak for themselves.

Saman writes in a conversational style that is at once humorous and sexy and allows her character to become three dimensional in a natural way. The opening paragraphs introduce the lucid writing style – ‘The overwhelming smell of bacon and eggs wakes me from one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in months. Giggling— female giggling at that— reaches my ears as I roll over in my bed to stretch out my stiff muscles. More giggling, and now maybe some squealing too. I roll my eyes as I sit up, grabbing my black sweatshirt off the back of my desk chair before throwing it over my head. This is not the same girl as two nights ago. I sigh audibly as I stand up, adjusting my plaid sleeping shorts that had twisted at some point during the night. Slipping my feet into my Luke and Leia slippers that Aubrey bought me for Christmas, I decide it’s time to go out there and get this over with, because, well, I’m hungry, and that smell is only making it worse. I could wait until the giggling girl leaves, but I just don’t have that kind of time this morning. Shuffling my feet across the floor, I open the door to my bedroom and make my way down the long hallway towards the kitchen. The giggling gets louder as does the smell of my breakfast cooking, making my excessively empty stomach growl. I really wish I had eaten dinner last night, but I didn’t so now I’m paying the price because I’m forced to encounter . . . that.‘

The story in this book is well summarized in the author’s synopsis – ‘Abby Scofield's love life has been all sorts of wrong. So when lacrosse star, Brandon Kessler, comes along with his all-American good looks, easy disposition and magnetic charm, things seem to be looking up. Even if they come from two totally different worlds. Xander Novak is the gorgeous, volatile and often times mean best friend of Abby's twin brother, Aubrey. Her relationship with him is strained at best. But when Xander moves in unexpectedly, things seem to shift between them. But in what direction? One night of deception, lies, and heartbreak are a common link the three share. When the truth about that night comes out, none of their lives will ever be the same. Will Abby be able to find the love she's been searching for or will everything in her world fall apart?’

Not an uncommon story but one told with finesse and enough steamy erotica to keep the pages warm. J Saman is an author to watch. Grady Harp, July 17

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