Friday, March 27, 2015

Need You For Keeps (St. Helena Vineyard #6) by Marina Adair

Book Blurb:

When it comes to caring for the furry residents of St. Helena, California, groomer and pet rescuer Shay Michaels can handle anything. Humans are another story, though especially Deputy Jonah Baudouin. He s the town s resident superhero: upright, uptight, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, even when he s investigating complaints about Shay s beloved foster animals. And that spells danger for Shay, a free spirit who can t risk trusting the wrong person again.

Jonah and Shay have been circling each other ever since she came to town, and he s running out of reasons to "not" kiss her senseless. But this deputy is a straight shooter with his eye on the sheriff s badge. He can t afford to get involved with Shay, a chaos magnet with luscious curves who s liable to turn his career and his life upside down. He enforces laws. She breaks them repeatedly. Keeping her out of trouble is becoming a full-time job and it s one he hopes is never going to end."

My review:

Need You For Keeps is an easy to slide into, entertaining romance.  There is some drama, but not a lot or over the top, with a budding, unexpected relationship between two people who have not yet found their forever person.  I liked Shay and Jonah.  Their characters are sweet and ones you want to be together, but nothing about them really jumped out at me.  I found their relationship to be very predictable, not really grabbing me and pulling me in, but it was a nice journey to go on.

Shay puts the animals first always, with little regard for herself or the law.  Jonah is the law and just wants to do the right thing.  Both of them take their jobs very seriously.  Can two apparent opposites give into the attraction they have for each other and find a happy place together, despite the obstacles thrown at them?

I liked the journey Marina took us on in Need You For Keeps.  The plot is very smoothly written and the characters are all unique.  Marina really made the small town dynamics seem real, even if I kept wondering if there were actually people like that out there!  But she made it realistic with regards to the plot and it worked well to add conflict to the story line.  I do like the animals, they add so much to Shay and Jonah's lives!

Although part of a series, Need You For Keeps can definitely be read as a stand alone, which is how I read it. I'd recommend Need You For Keeps to romance readers looking for a light hearted, entertaining read.

3/5 stars

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