S. Walden is also hosting a Facebook event for the release week of LoveLines!
S.L. Jennings, Claire Contreras and Blakely Bennett will be stopping by to host prizes as well!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
LoveLines is an absolute brilliant and refreshing read. S. Walden is known for pushing the envelope and for thinking (or writing) outside the box. While this is a little different than her usual, this adult contemporary romance does not disappoint. It is captivating, fablous (yes fablous!), and I enjoyed every single minute of it.
Quiky, single, 31 year old Bailey Mitchell has OCD that she inherited from her father. Not the kind you think people have. Not the kind where people loosely say "Oh I have OCD". This disorder rules her life everyday. It is with her in everything she does. She works as a proofreader which is perfect for her. She arrives to work at 7:58 am exactly. Every day. She counts her steps to her desk, among other routine things. Every man she has been with ends up giving up on her because of her compulsions. Until Reece. He's different. Reece Powell is a new coworker of Bailey's. He is immediately drawn to her, even with her OCD.
"Dear God. She was luscious. Like those cherries on her shirt."
Unlike any other man in Bailey's life, Reece wants to understand Bailey's compulsions and how to help. He wants so badly to be part of her world. While Bailey is hesitant at first, she lets Reece in. Reece knew from the moment he saw Bailey in those red pants he could love her. And he did. With every fiber in his body. He loved her through all her compulsions, her tics, everything. When tragedy strikes, Reece learns that her tics are not so cute anymore. He understands how real they are and what he could be dealing with long term. So, what does he do? He loves her even harder. But, Bailey isn't so receptive to this.
"I wanted you. Always. And you wouldn't let me choose you."
Reece is unlike any hero in a story I've ever met. His beautiful soul shined through this entire story. I swooned over him. He made me laugh. His story made me tear up. He shows Bailey how easy it is to love. When it's the right person. Love? There's no time on that. It waits for no one. When you know, you know. And that's the type of person Reece is. He knew. And he went for it. Because that's what you do in life. In love.
"Her honesty reached down deep, grabbed hold of something within his heart that had never been touched by another woman. It frightened him for only a second"
Bailey and Reece are easily one of my favorite couples of 2014. S. Walden has a way of creating characters that find their way to your heart. They are unique and have flaws. But most of all genuine. LoveLines is no different. Bailey and Reece are such a beautiful, adorable, sexy couple. Them together scream chemistry on paper (or your e-reader :) )
"You're too easy to love. That's your real problem. You know how I know that? Because I can't stay away from you. I just wanna be with you all the time. You're my favorite person, Bailey. That's not hard. That's a cakewalk."
True love? Yeah that's Bailey and Reece. The kind of love that goes where love doesn't go. The love that pushes through any and everything. And it conquers all. Love always prevails. It always wins. LoveLines attests to that. This beautiful, funny, adorable story captured my heart from beginning to end.
“Thirty-one rocks. Thirty-one disastrous relationships. Thirty-one years lonely. Yeah. Thirty-one was shaping up to be my least favorite number.”
When I first started reading this book, I knew that Summer was trying a different angle with her characters and storyline. What I didn’t know was how blown away and entranced I would be by it all. I read so many books that they tend to all run together at times, so when I read one that is different it totally makes my day! Love Lines is witty, funny, romantic and so smartly written that it will make you believe that good, GREAT books still exist.
Summer’s characters are real, like REALLY real and that makes me so happy right down to my core. And these characters are insanely addicting by having the normality of people that are “my people” if that makes any sense. They can laugh at themselves, talk to themselves, and do both to each other effortlessly and equally and I’m just so smitten with Bailey and Reece. They make me smile and I could totally see this book played out in one of those quirky Woody Allen movies with awesome characters that exude deeper meaning by showing every ounce of their inner self on screen. I would watch that in a heartbeat!
Bailey Mitchell has OCD, and not the kind of OCD that your friend has who’s trying to make herself more interesting by saying she has OCD! Bailey has full blown, anxiety attacking, self-talking, pen-tapping, step-counting, number and time obsessive OCD. The kind you have to go to the doctor for. The type that makes people step away. The type that ruins relationships. The type that makes you realize that you need to treasure the people who love you for all of your faults, and can accept you while making fun of you while loving you wholeheartedly. The type that makes you believe that no relationship with any man filled with quality will sit at your doorstep, or make you his forever. The type that sucks for Bailey. This girl owns my heart, I loved Bailey so much! I really wish her OCD-Ass was my real friend!
And now we have Reece Powell, and I could care less if you’re not supposed to start a paragraph with “I” or “and” at this point, so don’t judge! BUT we do have Reece (like the candy) hehe, and he’s kinda super amazing. Reece grew up in foster homes, and has very little in the form of possessions, and Summer does a great thing with this later in the book! This guy is beyond cute, like BEYOND cute! From the moment he sees his rockabilly-looking, full-lipped, not-tryin-to-be-rockabilly girl---He’s done, and when I say done…I mean done. He wants her, and he wants her bad! He also picks up on her OCD rather quickly. He notices the time she comes in every day, the time she takes lunch, and the way she organizes her pens by color. He notices everything about Bailey. EVERYTHING. So is Reece OCD too? HA! Obviously no person can actually force a mental disorder on you. But there is one thing that can oversee all faults and logic and rational tendencies. That thing is love, the kind we all want but seldom get. And crazy as it sounds, I think Reece fell for Bailey regardless of anything that the future might hold. His heart was certain and his mind determined. Good GOD I love this book!
There are so many other great characters in this book as well. Erica is Bailey’s best friend, her and her husband Noah, know Bailey the best and they are her rocks. I loved Erica! We also get to meet Bailey’s Mom, Dad, and sister and their family dynamic is quite complex. Bailey’s father Sam has OCD as well and has always felt that her mother had resented Bailey for being so much like her father. This was so interesting to see how the growth of Bailey’s family changed throughout the book. I don’t usually get so invested in secondary characters, but I just loved Bailey’s father. Then we have Christopher who is friends with both Bailey and Reece, and he’s also their co-worker, and Camden who’s the douchbaggy friend that Bailey just loved immediately because of his douchbaggery! Especially when he says stuff like this:
“You figured me out Reece. I want to date your OCD coworker whom I’ve never met because I just loooove the idea of fucking a girl who counts the number of times she bounces up and down on my dick.”
All of these character were endearing in their own way, and had a great connection to the story that didn’t seem forced or like they were placed there for filler.
Reece and Bailey have such a great connection, and I just love how Bailey knows exactly what she wants. She doesn’t try and hide behind any crazy single girl stigma’s and she’s open to love. I just loved the way these two grew together and developed their relationship way beyond surface level, Their chemistry and bond felt so deep and true. They have to go through a couple tough obstacles together and some of the stuff that happened just pulled my heart out, but I knew it would be put back in its place, and it was! These two have some of the cutest banter I’ve ever read, and the way they talk to themselves is hysterical, both of them! This is Reece talking to his man part:
“Relax, bro. You’re cool. She can’t see your . . . oh, wait a minute. There it goes. It’s going down. Phew! Thank God. How embarrassing would that have been right? For her to see how much she turns me on? How much I can’t stop thinking about the kind of panties she wears under those cigarette pants. The way her tits look in her button-up tops. Man, I love how she buttons them all the way up . . . wait a minute. Hold up. I mean down! Go down! Stupid dick!
Soooo Funny… And then there’s the adorably sweet stuff like this:
“Well, you’re elegant, and I’m everyday, and I think we go together just fine.”
“You’re thirty-one, and you met me.”
I could honestly go on forever about this book but I won’t! Summer nailed it with this one, and I’m just some lucky girl who got to experience the wonderfulness that is LoveLines.
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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