FAECBOOK RELEASE PARTY! ALL WEEK LONG
Arrive to work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.
And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.
Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.
Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.
But Reece isn’t like all the others.
The Wilmington Saga
Follow the stories of Wilmington, NC residents as they fall in and out of love, mend and break hearts, grow, change, lose, win, and experience what it means to truly live in this small coastal community.
dinner, thought I’d sobered up sufficiently to drive, but was told to keep my
car right where it was—on the curb in front of Erica’s house. She’d drive it
one-story brick homes. They’re small—no bigger than 1500 square feet—but the
perfect size for a single woman tired of paying rent. I bought my house two
years ago. I’d started saving for a down payment eight years before that. I
thought my mother would be so proud of me for purchasing my first home—on my
own—but she was more concerned about the people to fill it.
included my dad, younger sister, some coworkers, a few friends from college,
and Erica’s crew.
mean, what’s the point of two bedrooms if it’s just you?”
you take work home with you? Do they make you work nights and weekends at that
place? Honey, let’s talk about the sales job. Remember that sales job I told
been over this. Days. Nights. Weekends. Holidays. Vacations. That’s a sales
number. He said he’ll call you—”
Received in exchange for an honest review.
I’m always ready for a good romance, and if you’ve read any of S. Walden’s books before BE WARNED you’re in for something A LITTLE DIFFERENT. LoveLines is a beautiful, perky, and fun love story between a girl with OCD and a guy that loves her OCD. It’s just that simple.
Have you ever had a routine or certain routines that rule over your life? Bailey Mitchell has. She always gets to work at exactly the same time, eats lunch at the same time, leaves at the same time, even counts the number it steps it takes from the door to her cubicle. Everything is expected, everything is always, always in order for her. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for her new co-worker Reece Powell. He’s got this sort of magic to him. A magic that helps her manage her OCD and helps her feel like she’s in control of her life. But is it all too good to be true? Is Reece the key to breaking her routine? As they say, love will out!
I’m not going to lie, after reading S. Walden’s Good and Better books (I’ve yet to read Going Under), while in the middle of reading her newest novel I couldn’t help but worry, sitting on the edge of my chair thinking, “WHEN IS THE BAD THING GOING TO HAPPEN!?” After reading deep and sometimes dark romance novels after a while you’re a bit desensitized to the whole “happy romance” book and you’re just anxiously waiting for the most absolute worst thing to happen! Thankfully it didn’t!!! There was still…a bad thing that happened but all good stories have to have their ups and downs.
The characters were definitely so much different from S. Walden’s other books. They were definitely much more fun, more perky, and charming. They’re the kind of people you wish you had in your life; people that you FEED off of because they have this ENERGY and CHARISMA pulsating from them. There’s the main characters obviously, then there’s Erica, and her kids, Nicki (who I can’t stand), Bailey’s parents, Christopher, Camder (who is bloody hilarious) and Soledad. Even Bailey who sometimes gets a little bit down because of her OCD still has this kickass positive attitude that I adore!
“Wanna tell me about your condition?”
“You brought it up,” Reece pointed out.
“You’ll run away,” I said softly.
“I’m a man. I don’t run,” Reece replied.
I smiled. “It’s made all the others run away.”
“Because they weren’t men.”
I liked this guy. A lot.
One tiny thing that may have thrown me off a little bit was the switch in POV’s. Sometimes the story is told from Bailey’s and sometimes the story is told in Reece’s, and there are very few times where, it may be just me, but I have no idea who’s telling the story. Maybe divisions in POV’s would make it a little more clear. Still, it doesn’t do anything to take away from the WONDERFUL writing.
I am not ashamed to say that Bailey and Reece are one of my favourite and cutest couples ever. Reece is just AMAZING! He’s such a wonderful, loving and caring boyfriend. He’s fun, he’s open, he listens, and he’s spontaneous. I love the things he says and I love the things that Bailey says! It takes very special boyfriends to spend an afternoon doing something his girlfriend finds interesting. Trust me when I say this, Reece is a VERY SPECIAL GUY! A very special guy….who’s into some pretty….special stuff. And by special I mean kinky.
“You’re not supposed to take my pens!” I shouted.
He came at me, slamming me up against the door, and kissing me hard.
“God, you’re so —–ing hot,” he said into my mouth.
Well, this was confusing.
“You and your ——ing pens and the tapping and… oh my God…” He sucked my neck, then bit me, I cried out. He silenced me with his mouth again, kissing me with an urgency that comes right before clothes are ripped off and very bad decisions are made.
One thing I absolutely love that’s so wonderfully different about LoveLines in comparison to the rest of S. Walden’s books is being able to see into the mind of a FUN man in his thirties. I love to give credit where credit is due and I truly believe S. Walden knows EXACTLY what guys are thinking sometimes, or at least the ones trying to be gentlemen 😉 Oh the things men are thinking but can never say out loud.
“It’s going down. Phew! Thank God. How embarrassing would that have been, right? For her to see how much she turns me on? How much I can’t stop thinking about the kind of panties she wears under those cigarette pants. The way her tits look in her button-up tops. Man, I love how she buttons them all the way up…wait a minute. Hold up. I mean down! Go down!”
If you’re looking for a semi-light hearted read, with a touch of seriousness, I HIGHLY recommend LoveLines and the rest of the Wilmington Saga (when it gets released). I love being surprised and I love seeing what S. Walden has in store for us next.
5/5 Hearts of Love
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband, who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.