Afternoon Delight: Long for Me by Shiloh Walker

Afternoon Delight: Long for Me by Shiloh WalkerLong for Me by Shiloh Walker

Series: #.7 Secrets and Shadows
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Publishing on May 13, 2014
Format: eBook
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In the set of prequel novellas for the Secrets and Shadows series, this is the third and final one. It brings all the secrets into the open regarding Nichole Bell’s disappearance and is the story of Chris Bell, the youngest sibling and Guy Miller, the boy next door who has always loved her though she pushed him firmly into the friend category.

This third story gives the closure of Nichole Bell’s death with a culprit and a memorial and allows the family to truly grieve her loss. Chris has her own way of dealing with things and they involve Guy. Her disabilities of dyslexia and ADHD and depression make focus difficult so her thoughts flit around and never land, but being around Guy is calming and stills the white noise in her head. They were together once and she pushed him away afterward and relegated him to best friend status now she needs him again and he gives that to her, but he wants her to realize that he won’t be pushed away or treated like a regret.

Guy feels guilt over the way it is his evil parent that wrecked and ruined the lives of those he loves the most. Many in town don’t think he has the right to grieve at the memorial for Nichole and her family should feel that way, but they don’t. They accept him as they have always done. Chris even turns to him for support and care though her reminders of ‘bestfriend’ Guy hurt because he would love to be so much more. And he thinks he has a shot at it until the very thing he knows he can give the Bells and the thing they most need will be the wedge that will drive him away from Chris when she finds out his part. But he will do anything for her even sacrificing the chance to be with her.

As the series of novellas has progressed, I have grown a bit more restless with each new Bell sibling’s romantic encounter. They all have the same hang-ups and pull the same stunts with the people who love them. They all use- yes use their love interests. I tried to see where they were coming from- grief, heartache, pain, fear of loss, etc., but in the end, it doesn’t excuse holding people at arm’s length emotionally while using them for sexual release and then denying with all their might that there is something there between them.

Maybe its because Chris was the last of three to do it or maybe its because Guy had it worse than anyone (verbal, emotional, and physical abuse from a parent that was so bad it put him in the hospital and then learning the scum bag was responsible for the death of the woman he looked on as a mother) and I didn’t see him acting that way nor liked seeing him being used after all he went through, but I was just done with it by this point. I enjoyed the suspense side and I was engaged in the overall story, but Chris and her ‘push you away until I need you’ crap just made me mad.

So, I will continue with the series into the first novel-length story and a new suspense plot, but if I see the same behavior in one of the romantic leads, I’ll probably quit the series. Broken people that have character flaws aren’t the problem, but self-absorbed users types are not my idea of escape reading. Okay, well I can’t just leave it at that. The truth is that I enjoyed meeting the next book’s main characters in Tate’s story so I’m looking forward to a romantic suspense with them in it.

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About Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid… she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah… serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J. C. Daniels.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Loved our review of this one. I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one that much, I do hate it when the characters have the self absorbed feeling to them, it usually brings me down as i am reading, which is the last thing a romance normally does for me.

    • Thanks! I definitely didn’t like what was going on in this one. It was a bit subtler in the one before it and I actually enjoyed the first story.

      Anna pointed it out and I have to agree with her observation, but I think reading them all in a row one after the other made it more of an intense issue for me than if I had read them with lots of time between. It probably wouldn’t have made the difference since of the three sibs this one was the most blatant about it, but at least I might not have gotten mad about it.

  • It’s really just a shame that they were all like that :/ I’m with you on that though. I don’t mind broken but users just don’t work for me.

    • She kept saying. I can’t get involved with anyone and telling him and everyone else he was just a friend, but the second she is in crisis she jumps his bones then when she settles she pushes him back to friend status. It happened more than once and was just so cruel especially since he came from an abusive upbringing and he made it clear that he would do anything for her. Now maybe this makes him a doormat, but it also makes him someone whose heart wants what it wants and she just stomped on it repeatedly.

      Haha! Yeah, guess I’m still mad at her. Sorry for the rant.