1. Last Hit
  2. House of the Rising Sun
  3. How to Hang a Witch
  4. Sweet Revenge
  5. A Mate For York
  6. Total Surrender
  7. Egomaniac
  8. Blind Faith
  9. Watch Over Me
  10. Cream of the Crop
  11. Soul Awakening
  12. A Walk in the Woods
  13. Forgotten Sins
  14. At Last
  15. Forever and a Day
  16. Lucky in Love
  17. Merry Christmas, Baby: A Lucky Harbor short story
  18. Every Little Thing
  19. Head Over Heels
  20. Simply Irresistible
  21. The Sweetest Thing
  22. Always on My Mind
  23. The Proposal
  24. The Proposition
  25. Something About You
  26. Love Irresistibly
  27. Bah, Humbug! A Christmas Street Novella
  28. The Marriage Merger
  29. Holiday Sparks
  30. Fall For Me
  31. Not Planning on You
  32. The Marriage Mistake
  33. Practice Makes Perfect
  34. Weekends Required
  35. Wallbanger
  36. The Marriage Trap
  37. The Marriage Bargain
  38. Reckless
  39. The Liar
  40. Russian Tattoos Obsession
  41. Review of The Tourist of Zenda
  42. Review of A Rather Lovely Inheritance
  43. Review of An Angel’s Purpose
  44. Review of A Demon’s Promise
  45. Review of The Obsession
  46. Review of The Billionaire’s Instant Bride
  47. Review of The Glittering Court
  48. Review of Effortless
  49. Review of Just The Way You Are
  50. Review of Schooled in Magic
  51. Review of Inception
  52. Bad Night
  53. Review of The Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride
  54. Review of Delirium
  55. Review of The One
  56. Review of The Prince: A Novella
  57. Review of Mr. Hollywood
  58. Review of The Elite
  59. Review of A Royal Pain
  60. Review of Her Royal Spyness
  61. Review of The Vampire’s Fake Fiancee
  62. Review of The Professor Woos the Witch
  63. Review of The Gargoyle Gets His Girl
  64. Review of The Werewolf Meets His Match
  65. Review of The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride
  66. Review of Alpha
  67. Review of About That Night
  68. Review of A Lot Like Love
  69. Review of Weekend With The Tycoon
  70. Review of Waiting For You
  71. Review of A Christmas Date
  72. Review of Spying in High Heels
  73. Review of Just The Sexiest Man Alive
  74. Review of Taken By Tuesday
  75. Review of Falling Into You
  76. Review of Plus One
  77. Review of Stripped
  78. Review of Absolutely Unforgivable
  79. Review of The Selection
  80. Review of It’s You
  81. Review of Thoughtless
  82. Review of Fifty Shades of Grey
Friday, February 23, 2018
  1. Last Hit
  2. House of the Rising Sun
  3. How to Hang a Witch
  4. Sweet Revenge
  5. A Mate For York
  6. Total Surrender
  7. Egomaniac
  8. Blind Faith
  9. Watch Over Me
  10. Cream of the Crop
  11. Soul Awakening
  12. A Walk in the Woods
  13. Forgotten Sins
  14. At Last
  15. Forever and a Day
  16. Lucky in Love
  17. Merry Christmas, Baby: A Lucky Harbor short story
  18. Every Little Thing
  19. Head Over Heels
  20. Simply Irresistible
  21. The Sweetest Thing
  22. Always on My Mind
  23. The Proposal
  24. The Proposition
  25. Something About You
  26. Love Irresistibly
  27. Bah, Humbug! A Christmas Street Novella
  28. The Marriage Merger
  29. Holiday Sparks
  30. Fall For Me
  31. Not Planning on You
  32. The Marriage Mistake
  33. Practice Makes Perfect
  34. Weekends Required
  35. Wallbanger
  36. The Marriage Trap
  37. The Marriage Bargain
  38. Reckless
  39. The Liar
  40. Russian Tattoos Obsession
  41. Review of The Tourist of Zenda
  42. Review of A Rather Lovely Inheritance
  43. Review of An Angel’s Purpose
  44. Review of A Demon’s Promise
  45. Review of The Obsession
  46. Review of The Billionaire’s Instant Bride
  47. Review of The Glittering Court
  48. Review of Effortless
  49. Review of Just The Way You Are
  50. Review of Schooled in Magic
  51. Review of Inception
  52. Bad Night
  53. Review of The Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride
  54. Review of Delirium
  55. Review of The One
  56. Review of The Prince: A Novella
  57. Review of Mr. Hollywood
  58. Review of The Elite
  59. Review of A Royal Pain
  60. Review of Her Royal Spyness
  61. Review of The Vampire’s Fake Fiancee
  62. Review of The Professor Woos the Witch
  63. Review of The Gargoyle Gets His Girl
  64. Review of The Werewolf Meets His Match
  65. Review of The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride
  66. Review of Alpha
  67. Review of About That Night
  68. Review of A Lot Like Love
  69. Review of Weekend With The Tycoon
  70. Review of Waiting For You
  71. Review of A Christmas Date
  72. Review of Spying in High Heels
  73. Review of Just The Sexiest Man Alive
  74. Review of Taken By Tuesday
  75. Review of Falling Into You
  76. Review of Plus One
  77. Review of Stripped
  78. Review of Absolutely Unforgivable
  79. Review of The Selection
  80. Review of It’s You
  81. Review of Thoughtless
  82. Review of Fifty Shades of Grey

Just The Way You Are is a contemporary romance novel by Christina Dodd. This is the first book in the Lost Hearts series.

Hope Prescott lives in Boston, far from the warm, southern home she recalls. She works with one goal in mind–finding her long-lost siblings. Yet her job at the answering service and her own loving nature creates a family of friends, people she knows only by their voices. She especially likes Griswald, gruff old butler for wealthy Zack Givens.

Meeting Griswald is a shock; he is neither gruff nor old, but a powerful, handsome man. In fact, he is Zack Givens, mysterious, cold, heartless–and charmed by the artless young woman who brings him chicken soup, treats him like a friend…and falls in love with the humble man she imagines him to be. Inevitably she will discover Zack’s secret and face his betrayal. Then can Zack solve the mystery that haunts Hope’s past to prove their futures lie together?

When I see a book cover that has the authors name is big, bold letters and you actually have to try and search to figure out what the name of the book is, I can’t help but roll my eyes. Authors like that tend to rub me the wrong way. I don’t know why this bothers me so much, it just does. It’s so pretentious. When I buy a book to read, it’s because I care about the story. It has nothing whatsoever to do with getting to know the author.

That issue aside, let’s talk about the story.

The story starts out slow and I really struggled to get into it. The first chapter was the worst. It was all back story and getting to know the characters. It was just to much. It wasn’t well done. It was to long, and overly complicated. The entire setup could have been done in a single paragraph. He’s a powerful business man, we got it. We don’t need you to drone on and on about it.

Luckily from there the story improved greatly. In fact, it was as drastic an improvement as any I had ever seen.

The problem is, and this is just me, but when we got into the story, the author named one of her characters Mr. Griswald.

This immediately brings to mind, at least for me, Chevy Chase in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. I seriously can’t hear the name Griswald without thinking of Chevy Chase and laughing. As a result I couldn’t get into the story as much because of the name.

Next problem is the use of “For he”. It’s a strange turn of phrase that even once can seem out of place in a contemporary romance but this author uses the phrase quite a bit throughout the entire book.

For he trembled, For he pushed through, For he tumbled her down on top of him ….

There were quite a few more times she used for he or for she in the book, those were just a few for example purposes. Considering the fact that this comes from a New York Times Best Selling Author, why didn’t this book get better editing?

She also reuses other phrases like “Knocked him ass over tea kettle”. The use of this unique phrase one time in a book is fine, but two or three times, seriously? How did an editor not catch this?

All of that aside, I still liked this story. Was it perfect? Not even close. But overall it was an interesting read with great, likable characters.

 

 

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