THE OTHER BROTHER

AUTHOR:  Meghan Quinn

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

Available @ AMAZON

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie

RATING:  3 Stars

BOOK BLURB:

I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It’s been three years since I’d seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?

 

A second chance romance that seemed too neatly contrived — and not quite believable on many levels.  From the book blurb, you would assume correctly that there’s a third party involved in somewhat of a triangle situation.

The second chance between Amelia and Aaron was a slow burner — which was well-paced and, in my view, a very positive addition to the storyline.  Aaron does a ton of groveling until he’s stomached all he can.  By the time he finally made his decision, I was more than ready.

It seemed as if all the blame was placed on Aaron, but I think Amelia certainly bore some especially on the second go-round situation.  Neither was completely honest with the other.  And Amelia ran hot and cold, with the appearance of leading Aaron on while proclaiming her love for Trey, her current live-in boyfriend  who wasn’t always honest with her.  Their relationship felt off from the beginning.  I just didn’t get that all-in commitment between the two.  Even though Trey was certainly not forthcoming and always honest with Amelia, I was happy that the author didn’t take the usual heavily trodden path by having Trey cheating behind Amelia’s back and her walking in on a passionate scene between him and another woman.  Believe me, it felt like that’s where we were headed.

Nope — no cheating by anyone unless it was of the “heart and soul” variety.  And Amelia was indeed the guilty party in that regard.  But really?  I didn’t blame her one little bit.  And only for one reason — Aaron!  He made my heart go pitter-patter from the very start.

An overload of angst and drama prevailed on many levels.  Too much so without a dose of the good stuff in-between to balance out the story.  Aaron probably came out on top as my overall favorite character simply because he made me believe that he was fully devoted and in love with Amelia.  He did everything in his power to prove himself.

This one wrapped up too quickly with several issues left unanswered — what happened to the strained relationship between Aaron and his mother?  Were things settled between Trey and Aaron?  And what about Amelia’s ailing father?  How about the job situation with Amelia?

There were parts I really liked and enjoyed, but I never fell head-over-heels into this story.  It was difficult at times to stay with it.  And I wanted to — badly.

This is a perfect example of one of those coulda, shoulda, woulda scenarios.  The potential was certainly there with all the elements for a terrific story.  There was a unique twist, although you knew exactly what was coming down the pike.  But the author did a terrific job moving us through the drama surrounding it.

Once again, I admit I’m in the minority with my opinion here.  I’m a very picky reader.  My recommendation is to proceed at your own risk, and you might find your pot of gold at the end.

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