Review: Between You and Me by Lynn Turner

Review: Between You and Me by Lynn TurnerBetween You and Me by Lynn Turner

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by The Wild Rose Press on August 20, 2017
Pages: 258
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Love at first sight strikes Seattle Scientist Finnegan Kane at the worst possible moment, paralyzing him as he’s pitching his cutting-edge idea to powerful New York venture capitalist Emanuela Monroe…

Finn survived the crash that killed his parents when he was sixteen. Twenty years later, his smart devices are about to redefine what it means to be disabled.

Emanuela makes dreams come true for a living, but still longs to fulfill her own. Despite Finn's stunning secret, she thinks his idea might be worth the risk...and he’s determined to show her that he is, too.

The Delight

Lush descriptions of place and experiences make Between You and Me a feast for the senses beyond the ‘love at first sight’ connection of a scientist and a businesswoman.

Review

Dr. Finnegan Kane has an innovative idea for prosthetics and he has the opportunity to make his case to successful venture capitalist, Emanuela Monroe.  But more than a ‘smart prosthesis’ gets pitched that night when they stare into each other’s eyes and see the future… and then run to opposite ends of the country terrified and doubting what they just experienced.

This one started out wobbly for me.  I’m a tough sell on the ‘love at first sight’ meet cute and I didn’t buy in to the tinglies on this one.  But fortunately, other bits, particularly the characters themselves and their backgrounds were a unique pairing and their situations a curious backdrop to the story so I was content to let that go and enjoy what came afterward.

Now this is a hot ‘handsy-grabby- sizzling type of romance, but between the pair’s combustion are some great descriptive parts, too.  Uptown New York places, music, and eateries, New Orleans for a long decadent weekend, and Finn’s stomping grounds of Seattle and his place on an island.  I spent the book hungry or longing to go see all these nooks and crannies.

But, its not all heat and fireworks, this pair might have got attracted quickly, but they have a lot of ground to cover before they are couple.  Much of their romance is a long-distance one and I loved how that was handled.  Em struggles to let go of all her frigid control and take a chance on the love that Finn freely offers her.  Finn has to give her time even though he’s already all in.  They have their tiffs, but are adult enough to talk it through.  Not a ton of angst, but some was organic to a romance like theirs- business collaborators, long-distance, and personal issues.

There was a brush with a love triangle though not much since Em doesn’t return the man’s feelings, rather she thinks Finn’s jealous of nothing until she clues in.  I was sad for the other party the way it played out, though he did a bonehead thing that made me less sorry for him.

There were some good friendship moments, too, with Finn’s friends and her bestie.  I loved Em’s friend, Allie, who got Em out of her own head, but Finn’s friend and fellow scientist and his husband, Simon and Jamie, just cracked me up.

In summary, I got past the meet-up then I found it an engaging spicy work setting- long distance romance.  Those who like a steamy contemporary standalone with great settings and a romantic scenes should give it a go.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • I like it when it takes some time for the characters to be a couple even if the sparks do fly right from the beginning.

    • Yes, that is exactly what kept me reading, too, Mary. They were a great couple.

  • Louis!!! Love that song.

    This looks like a good contemporary romance. I really need to read more of those!

    • Ha, yes! There were lots of music mentions in the story so I had to pick one to share, Melissa.

      It’s would make a good one for you to tip toe back into the genre especially since its standalone. 🙂

  • I am with you where love at first sight is concerned. However, if the romance is handled well, which it seems was the case here then I am on board.

    • Yes, exactly. It went along swimmingly after that first iffy stuff, Nadene! 🙂

  • it looks like a good romance there. Didn’t know about it.

    • New on to me, too, Melliane. I had a god time with the characters and the settings.