Book Review – Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs #3) by Brenda Novak

 

 

Sometimes starting over means finding everything you’ve been missing…

After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man–usually straight-laced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night-stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy’s full name, something that shouldn’t have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.

Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she’s carrying his baby, he’s stunned. And more than a little betrayed.

But after growing up as an orphan, he’ll do anything to stay involved in his child’s life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give—certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie too…

 

Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by MIRA

 


 

 

 

Brenda Novak has always been a one-click author for me. Her solid performances have made it very easy to fall in love with her writing style, quirky characters and small town life depicted in her books. Her Whiskey Creek series became quickly a favorite of mine.

Now her newest series Silver Springs, another cute town this time centered around the New Horizons Boys Ranch, follows former students and their HEA.

Hudson King, one of those former students now a star quarterback, enjoyed life to the fullest until a one-night stand turned his life upside down. Suddenly, presented with fatherhood, something he never wanted for himself, Hudson’s life had been derailed. Because of his past, he took the news rather poorly and acted accordingly.

Ellie Fisher didn’t fare much better. She just ended a long-term relationship after she caught her boyfriend with another man. Feeling depressed and lonely she enjoyed a sexy and passionate night with Hudson, not knowing who he was or how their time together would change their life indefinitely.

Neither was ready for what was to come.

I liked the plot. Even though it’s been done before, the accidental pregnancy has it’s entertaining moments. Two strangers thrown together, and suddenly responsible for a new life, makes for interesting stories.

For Hudson and Ellie their old life was over and they had to figure out how to deal with each other quickly. Which unfortunately was a point of friction for both of them. Hudson could have definitely handled a few situations better and he was a source of eye-rolling for me. On top of that, if it wasn’t him than it was Ellie who had doubts and made things more complicated than they had to be. So much back and forth. Hudson and Ellie had barely time to get to know each other and because of that the romantic aspect was quite lost. I understood where Hudson was coming from, his childhood and life experiences so far hadn’t been the best, and trusting and relying on someone else didn’t come natural to him. Suddenly being responsible for another living person scared him to death. On top of that Hudson’s unresolved past reared its ugly head and added to the tension and his self-doubt. But still, I just hoped they would have reacted differently at times.

I also wished Hudson and Ellie would have been a bit more trusting towards each other. Not immediately jumped to conclusions. Because of their constant bickering and negotiations I didn’t feel a romantic connection between them until the very last quarter of the book. They didn’t  make me sigh or swoon – and honestly I didn’t feel anything at all for them. I didn’t’ love them. Didn’t like them much either.

I wold have loved to read more about Silver Springs as well. The author usually put emphasis on the inhabitants, their quirky nature, friends and family. There wasn’t much of that at all in Until You Loved Me  – honestly it could have played in any other town as far as I was concerned, Silver Springs was barely mentioned.

But because of the author’s impeccable and solid writing skills this book was not a complete loss and I’m looking forward to book 4 in this series.

 

 

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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