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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review: Always the Quiet Ones by Cassandra Carr / @cassandra_carr

Title: Always the Quiet Ones
Author: Cassandra Carr
Publisher: C2
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

King of the geeks Marty Johnston has a serious crush on his co-worker Elizabeth. The principal IT consultant wants more than just a flirtation, but guilt over a one-night-stand-but-maybe-more Marty had on his last business trip before meeting Elizabeth could cost him his big chance with the girl of his dreams. He’s comfortable dealing with computers, not people. Can he step way outside his comfort zone to sort things out, or will he lose the one he’s falling for?

(This is a really short story, not even novella length. This review isn't based on story length but on content.)

I liked Marty. He was nerdy but confident and completely capable of charming a woman into bed. His ongoing thing with Shelby was...okay. There was attraction and lust, but nothing more. I liked that they seemed okay with their arrangement, but at some point they both needed more, you know?

Then there's Elizabeth. She works with Marty, is hot, sexy, and he might just maybe want a relationship with her. But how does that work after what Shelby?

I gave Marty a huge thumbs up for tying up one relationship before seriously beginning another. He could've been a bastard and kept Shelby on the side since Elizabeth didn't travel for their work like he did, but he didn't. That said a lot about his character and about how much he wanted his relationship with Elizabeth to work.

This short story is perfect to read during lunch or break or between meetings. Don't expect deep exploration of feelings or talks of babies, white picket fences, and marriage. While Marty's character is fairly developed, not much is known about Elizabeth. The potential for what could be was a great way to end this story. It's satisfying but leaves room for more, should Ms. Carr want to explore their relationship further.

Cassandra Carr is a romance writer. Her books vary in theme but sports is a common one as she is a knowledgeable fan of many sports. Cassandra's books have been named Top Picks/5 stars by more than a dozen review websites.

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