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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Two Family Home by Sarah Title / @pumpupyourbook @titleauthor

Title: Two Family Home
Series: Southern Comfort, Book 4
Author: Sarah Title
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

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Lindsey Alford moved to Willow Springs, Kentucky, to prove to all doubters (mostly her parents) that she’s all grown up. Something her neighbor Walker Smith never questioned—those short shorts of hers!

Put a cute single girl with an overactive imagination next door to a reclusive hot guy, add in a decadent blue velvet sofa, a locked garage and a nursing home full of busybodies, and trouble is bound to pop up. Literally, in the form of an adorably naughty stray pup with a longing for two people to lick and a home all his own.

Love isn’t complex…it’s a duplex!

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Lindsey's looking for a fresh start. She's not running from anything bad, just things that are normal but not enough. She had this longing for something more, something that was different than what she'd known her whole life. So she moved to Kentucky, rented half of Walker's house, bought a blue couch, and made new friends, one of them who, at first, wasn't Walker.

Walker is...grumpy. And an artist. And a loner. And unsure of what to do about his new tenant, sexy Pollyanna. She can't sing for crap, asks too many damn questions, invades his privacy (his studio is the garage), and is the head nurse for the local nursing home where his best friend lives. There's no avoiding her, not even in his sleep where he dreams about her, his sexy nurse.

Avoidance is futile anyway. Just like Walker keeping his art from Lindsey is pointless.

Upon discovering Walker's metal tree in the garage, their landlord-tenant relationship takes a turn. Oh, they'd thought each other sexy before. Lindsey got a peek at his gorgeous physique when she woke him while trying to move her blue couch in. Walker got an eyeful when he couldn't take anymore of her caterwauling and confronted her and her short-shorts. The awareness that simmered between them exploded when they stood in his garage where talking about the tree led to one helluva mind-blowing kiss.

Of the two of them, Walker was the one who changed the most after that. He opened up more, talked more, even smiled. Discovering a stray puppy who'd taken to both him and Lindsey didn't even seem to phase him. For the first time in reading this story, he felt happy to me. But his happiness was short lived when his dad showed up after ten years in prison for fraud and his best friend wound up injured on the side of the road. Lashing out at Lindsey about his best friend wasn't Walker's smartest move, though I understood why. It was too much. He believed his life was a hundred times better before Lindsey. Having her around was just a distraction, one that would have cost his best friend his life.

The thing was his life was better because of her. Between Lindsey and Booger, Walker's life was fuller than it'd ever been. His past might've been rough, his present colorless, but his future looked promising with his sweet woman and door-eating dog in it. He just needed to realize it first, just like Lindsey came to realize he was the "different" she'd been missing before the move.

For people looking for a fast-paced story, this isn't it. Ms. Title takes her time telling this story. There's a ton of narrative, almost very little conversation through the first third of the book. All of it is insightful to what Walker, Lindsey and Booger (yup, the dog gets page time, lol) are thinking about each other and their situation. If you're in the mood for something a bit slower than what you normally read, if you're wanting something on the sweeter side, I hope you consider this book. It's different that anything I've read recently, but different (at least when it comes to reading) has never been a bad thing for me.

By day, Sarah Title is a (sort of) mild-mannered librarian in West Virginia, and by night, she writes funny, steamy, comfort reads.  Sarah holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.L.S. from Indiana University.  Her first book, Kentucky Home, was released by eKensington in April 2013.  The follow-up novella, “Kentucky Christmas,” came out, surprisingly, the following December.  She also contributed to the anthology, Delicious, with Lori Foster and Lucy Monroe.

Her newest book, Home Sweet Home, was released by eKensington in April 2014.

Sarah is represented by Louise Fury with the Bent Agency.

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