Arrive at work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.
And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.
Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.
Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece gets the girl, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.
But Reece isn’t like all the others.
(Book 1 in The Wilmington Saga. Should be read as a stand-alone. Major adult content.)
Have you’ve ever read a book and really wanted to love it. From the really cute cover to the catching blurb, you think this book is going to be amazing. However, when you delve in something just doesn’t click with you. For the most part I really enjoyed “LoveLines” by S. Walden. I really like the concept of this book. I thought it was original. The characters were relatable, quirky, and just good people. The conflict and the drama for the most part did not feel like it came out of left field. For the most part it grew organically out the Bailey and Reece’s inherit character traits.
I really love the character of Bailey, how many people female heroines in books have OCD. I thought S. Walden did a nice job showing the reader how OCD can really take hold of a persons life to the point were they are caged in by their routine. I love how quirky Bailey was, and how she let loose and some of the things that would come out of her mouth would make you laugh. I also really loved Reece. He was such a sweetheart. Reece and Bailey together were a really cute couple. The supporting characters were also really enjoyable. They helped lighten heavier moments, and through them we really got to understand Reece and Bailey better.
I think for me one of the things that didn’t work so well was the different voices used. There was Bailey and Reece’s voice. However, there was also a narrator that would pop every once in a while. I felt the changes in voice and perspective throughout certain scenes felt a little jarring at times. Also the end felt a little rushed. Although, I love the first part of the book and I would not cut a thing, I felt more time could have been given to the end of the story. In my opinion there were scenes that could have been inserted to really get a feel for the characters mind-set during the last quarter of the book. There were some nice self-discovery revelations towards the end, and I really wish things like that also would have been developed more. Another thing that off-set me where the sex scenes. I have no problem reading scenes that get a little kinky or dabble in BDSM. However, I felt some of the scenes really tiptoed the line between being consensual activity.
For the most part this was a really enjoyable read. I would recommend checking it out. It was a book that was different than a lot of books out there, which I applaud. Although I was not enamored the way I had hoped, it was still entreating and the characters were really great.