Author: S. J. Sawyer
Title: "No offense, darlin'"
Book 2 in series Like a lady
Main characters: Beau Reed and Shelby Case
Jake Roberson is nothing but a lying bastard. Every whisper that falls from his lips is a betrayal, but I can’t seem to convince myself to walk away. When he comes sauntering toward me, all those particulars go right out the window, and I cave. Every. Single. Time.
No more, though. I can’t. There’s too much at stake this time around, and I won’t have it.
Besides, one night with Beau, that’s all it took. I’m sunk. He was amazing in every way imaginable, and he still is. Why he likes someone like me, I can’t fathom. He’s such a good man, and he only ever sees the best in people, me included. It’s an amazing thing. The way he looks at the world, it’s like magic. Every bone, every muscle, every fiber of Beau Reed’s being is good, and he never stops proving that to me. He’s a good guy deep down in his core where it counts. I’ve always known that, even when I first met him. It’s something that radiates out from him like this big glowing light. Never have I ever met anyone like him.
But because he’s good, I have to make him go. ~Shelby
I can’t focus on anything else:
Soft, brown hair hanging in waves down to creamy skin that looks all too damned touchable.
Big eyes that could never be described with any justice, brown to green, maybe hazel, with so much vibrant light, etching them forever into memory.
Plump, smooth, kissable lips that are the stuff of fantasy, with the bottom one slightly fuller than the top, perfect.
It’s always Shelby, always been Shelby, and there doesn’t seem to be anything or anyone that can make that any different.
Except, now, there’s more at play than just her. For once, it’s not about Shelby Case, and despite my best efforts to save her, there’s things that I can’t rescue her from. ~Beau
And where else can I start than with our main couple... Shelby and Beau... since I absolutely loved Beau, I'm gonna go with Shelby first ;) I didn't really liked her going into this book... hate is a too strong word for my feelings, but there was no sympathy from me for her... and that is beacuse of the things she did in that previous book I mentioned... I won't tell you what exactly, but I wasn't a fan... but I decided that I will try to go with an open mind into this book, because I actually really like those situations when you think you know a character, but then you get to know more about him / her and that changes your perspective :) so I was hoping this will be the case in this book :) and I was right... sort of... ;) it definitely helped when I was able to get inside of her head to get to know her better and see what motivates her actions... although I wish there were more flashbacks that would explain a bit better the whole situation and why she did what she did... because in this book we focus mainly on the outcome and I needed more than that... I had troubles connecting to Shelby... yeah, I understood that her life was really hard... and I mean it... my heart was breaking for her quite a few times, but... I don't know... something about her wasn't working for me... but when it came to Beau... *sighs dreamily* he was absolutely amazing :) I liked him before, but truly fell in love with him in this story... :) he was such a good guy in this book :) kind and just... every girl deserves someone like Beau to love her... :) not to mention that he calls her "darlin" *sighs dreamily* ;) right after "luv" that is my second favourite term of endearment... ;) he had feelings for Shelby for quite some time, but he was just her friend... because she had a whole situation with Jake... and again, it is explained a bit in this story, but you'll have more background about everything in the "Like a lady" serial I mentioned before :) now situation is much more complicated between them for reasons I can't mention here because of spoilers, but he can't wait any more... what starts as him helping her out, slowly turns into something more, when she no longer can deny the pull between them... and that is me really simplifying a much more complex situation, but without spoilers I can't tell you more ;)
Besides our main couple, there is of course a bunch of secondary characters :) and these are the same people we met in the "Like a lady" serial, so that's just another reason why you should start with that story first... because here you won't find as much background about them as you would like... :) and a lot of connections between quite a few of them are too complicated for me to explain in a sentence or two in this review... :) but from the new people we met, I need to mention Beau's mom, who even though not always acted how I wanted, but when it really mattered, she was absolutely amazing :) there are of course more, but some of them I want to save as surprises for you :)
All in all it was a pretty good book :) I enjoyed it, but I think I would love it more if there would be more flashbacks in it... because I had troubles getting behind certain connections and behaviour of some of the characters just because it was said that something happened... let me try to explain... I would love to see how Beau felt about Shelby before, why his feelings for her were so strong now... or more about Shelby and Jake to really get why their "relationship" went the way it did... because there were moments when I needed more... the story itself took place over a bit of time, but again, we skipped weeks and months, and I wanted to see more of a change between Beau and Shelby and not just this one event here and there that seems to tip the scale... :) don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story, it was told in 2 POVs, and that's something I always love in books :) when I can get into both of the main characters heads :) I just want to explain, or at least try to, what things bothered me a little and stood in the way of me loving this book :) I adored the writing style, so I will definitely go back to check out other books written by this author, and I am more than curious which couple will get their story next in this particular series :) and don't get me wrong, the fact that I had some troubles with this story doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try :) I think some of them was just my personal preferences and some were just my high expectations for this story :) but by all means, don't think I hated this book :) I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for a reason so it was a really good read :) you should definitely try it for yourselves and make up your own opinion :)
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Twenty-something, Okie girl S.J. Sawyer enjoys creating the best book-boyfriends in a mix of romance, humor, and reality, loving her heroes swoon-worthy and stubborn. Author of the Sealed series and Like A Lady serial, writing new adult, romantic comedy, and contemporary romance. Mom of three; wife of one. Graduate of SOSU with a Bachelor’s degree in English Lit. Lover of books, young and old. Sucker for the happy ending.