Review: This Time Around (Maybe, #2), by Chantal Fernando

This Time Around (Maybe, #2)This Time Around by Chantal Fernando
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After finishing ‘Maybe This Time’, I couldn’t wait to find out more about Reid’s fun-loving brother, Ryan. I just loved him and his man-whoring ways!

That was, until this book shed new light on all of his promiscuity…because Ryan is MARRIED! Yep, you read that right. Suddenly, he didn’t seem so sweet anymore.

Needless to say, I did a complete team swap once that little tidbit of information came to light! From that point forward, I was completely in Taiya’s corner. She was so much more civil than he deserved. I would have pummeled this guy!

Taiya left Ryan two years ago after he broke her heart. In the meantime, he has slept his way through most of their town’s female population, while she did her best to mend her broken heart in Africa. Now she’s back to look over her aging mother and to get that pesky little divorce squared away.

Ryan knows that he screwed up, which I have to give him credit for. At least this guy knows that he is to blame. He is determined to do whatever it takes to win Taiya over again. However, with human reminders of his infidelity everywhere they turn, it won’t be easy.

I enjoyed every minute of this book. I love nothing more than a book that rips your heart out, only to have the hero follow it up with plenty of groveling…and grovel he did! Most of this book was spent detailing Ryan’s efforts to win Taiya back. Thankfully, she had a backbone and made him work for it. I was in heaven!

Overall, this was a fantastic read if you’re into this type of story, like I am. I did think that a few big details of the storyline were kind of weak, like how he broke her heart and why she left him in the first place. However, I still found it to be a highly enjoyable and emotional story. I will definitely be continuing this series in the future to see what the rest of the characters get up to.

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Review: Maybe This Time (Maybe, #1), by Chantal Fernando

Maybe This Time (Maybe, #1)Maybe This Time by Chantal Fernando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time. The Audible version was on sale recently, so I thought, “why not?”. It’s been a few days now and I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this one. I loved parts of this story and hated others. I’m left feeling torn over how to rate this one. Finally, I settled on 3 stars.

The story begins with a 19 year-old Summer, our heroine, moving in with her 18 year-old brother, Xander, after picking him up from jail. Her mother had recently died, leaving Summer to reach out to her estranged father and her half-brother for help. It was apparent that there were some strained family relations. Summer hadn’t been previously allowed to have a relationship with Xander, as he was the product of their father’s extramarital affair and Summer’s mother forbade it.

To say the least, there were some very interesting dynamics in the beginning. As they got to know each other, I kept having to remind myself that Xander was actually the younger sibling. He was fiercely protective of Summer and made sure that all of his friends knew that she was “off limits”. Any man that messed with her would have to contend with Xander and their father, the leader of their MC.

Of course, the fact that she was forbidden fruit only served to make her more desirable. In no time, Summer has set her sights on Reid Knox. Honestly, I didn’t get it for most of the book.

Reid Knox is the resident bad-boy. He was moody, inconsiderate and just a royal a**hole. Now that I think of it, that was his appeal. He was all over the place. One minute he was warning Summer off. The next minute, he’d be snuggling up with her. He was an Alpha-male, domineering, jerk…but that’s why I loved him.

There was plenty of angst and drama in this story, holding my attention from start to finish. I loved Xander’s twin brother, Ryan, who becomes Summer’s best friend. He was the type of fun-loving sidekick that every story needs. There is also a crazy ex-girlfriend that keeps things interesting…because what story would be complete without a crazy ex to stir up trouble?

So, why only 3-stars? One word — GROVELING. If you follow my reviews, you know that I demand groveling. It is one of my biggest pet peeves to have a hero that screws up royally, breaking the heroine’s heart, only to be forgiven with very little effort on his part to make up for his actions. It really irks me. If I have to suffer through the heartache, I demand that he suffer as well. Otherwise, all of the pain that the heroine supposedly felt seems insincere and invalid.

That is exactly what happened in this book. It was no big surprise that Reid would screw up…big time. However, Summer became some insecure, weak-willed heroine that let him off with little more than a half-assed apology. No! Just, no! Thus, the 3-star rating. Otherwise, it would’ve been a 4-star read for me.

Overall, it was a good story. I am still a little peeved at how easily Summer forgave Reid, but I’ll get over it eventually. I am looking forward to reading the stories of some of the other characters that were introduced. I will be starting the next book immediately.

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