Let me begin by saying: don’t let the cover fool you. From looking at the cover, you would assume this just some cutesy story. Instead, it is a story filled with wit, humor, friendship and a romance that got pretty hot at times. LoveLines is far different than the other books that I have read by Ms. Walden. And I have to say that I truly enjoyed this romantic comedy.
The characters in LoveLines were completely lovable. From the moment I was introduced to Bailey and Reece, I was in love. They have such great personalities and a wonderful banter between one another and their friends.
Bailey Mitchell is a 31 year old living with OCD (not the kind many claim to because they really like having a schedule). Bailey battles daily with the obsessions/compulsions that OCD force upon her. This condition has proven to be detrimental to her past relationships. Even her mom and sister have no faith in her ever finding a man that will stick by her side. And then she meets Reece Powell.
Reece is such an amazing man. The second he sees Bailey, he is intrigued. And as he gets a look at her strict daily rituals, he becomes even more intrigued. Something about Bailey turns his world upside down and he is insistent on getting to know her more. But Reece has always been a fixer. So, is that what is driving his need for Bailey or is it true love?
I truly loved Reece and can barely think of anything negative about him. However, I wasn’t crazy about him during their “intimate” moments. And I’m not really sure why. Furthermore, I don’t think people will agree with me on this. I think it is just one of those things that didn’t add to the story for me and, therefore, made it difficult for me to connect with.
One of my favorite things about this story is Bailey’s friendship with Erica. It was through their time together that brought so much humor to this story. Their friendship was so real and refreshing. I am a full believer that family is who you make it. And Erica was just as much a part of Bailey’s family as anyone else.
Bailey has to be one of my favorite female characters. The way she handled herself was a constant surprise for me. Times when I thought she might retreat to herself, she became feisty. She was such an endearing character that I would love to read more about.
Noah dropped me home sometime around nine. I’d stayed for 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 over tomorrow.
I live in a cul-de-sac in an old neighborhood filled with 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.
“Just me, Mom,” I had said during my housewarming party. It included my dad, younger sister, some coworkers, a few friends from college, and Erica’s crew.
“Not even a roommate, Bailey? At least get a roommate. I mean, what’s the point of two bedrooms if it’s just you?”
“Office space,” I replied.
“Office space for what? What do you need an office for? Do 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 you about?”
“Mom, I’d be working more in sales. Do you understand? We’ve been over this. Days. Nights. Weekends. Holidays. Vacations. That’s a sales job!”
“Honey, this job is different. Now I gave Archie your number. He said he’ll call you—”
“Oh my God! I just bought a house, Mom! Can we focus on the house?!”
Yeah. So that’s how most of the conversations went with my mother.
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.
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