My Review: I really like this author. I haven't read anything by her that I haven't greatly enjoyed. But this book just felt.. off, for some reason. And I'm thinking it's Liz herself. For the most part, I liked her character.. until she would go into freak out mode, and then she was downright evil. I get it. She had a rough past, but she's dang lucky Owen loved her and was willing to put up with so much. I think Liz would have created enough drama on her own, but the part at the end.. where someone from her past shows up? That just seemed weird, disjointed, and out of left field. I get what the author was trying to do... it just didn't work. It was awkward.
What wasn't awkward was how delicious Owen was. He's a legitimately good guy, hot, and my goodness does he have a dirty mind.. and mouth. I'm used to reading some very smutty books, but he made me blush a time or two. I would have liked to see Carrie Ann Ryan delve more into his insecurities in regards to his role in the business - it was brought up multiple times, but never really felt like there was any sort of solution.
Looking forward to the final Gallagher brother getting his own story. And I still need to check out Jake's!
Cover Lovin': Two thumbs up! And it fits perfectly with book one.
Recommendation: This can be read as a stand alone, no problem.
Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars (3.5/5)! If I was judging this book just on Owen, it would be five stars, no question. But the rest of the book just felt a little off.
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~
About PASSION RESTORED
The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the one brother who thinks he can handle it all and the one woman who could change that.
Owen Gallagher likes everything in its place and is organized to a fault. While his brothers have each dealt with their own personal tragedies and stresses, Owen figures he’s had it pretty easy. That is until his perfectly ordered world is rocked at its foundation and he’s forced to rely on others. Now, he must heal his body and his soul while trying to ignore his delectable and utterly off-limits neighbor.
Liz McKinley is stressed out, exhausted, and not in the mood for a bearded and growly man in her ER. When she patches him up to the best of his ability, she’s prepared to push him firmly from her thoughts. Of course, that would be easier if she and her best friend hadn’t bought the house next to his. Now their paths seem to cross daily, and she is finding it harder and harder to say no to the injured and angry man next door. But she’s been scarred one too many times in her life, and even though this Gallagher looks good enough to eat, she knows that sometimes, sating that craving is the worst thing she can do.
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