Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Danica Snow has little time in her life for love. She’s a busy therapist involved in charity and the lives of her sisters — both biological and assigned. When she meets the player Blake, their chemistry burns, but can Danica leave her common-sense-self behind and dive into something just for her [easyazon-link asin=”0989050858″ locale=”us”]Sisters In Love (Snow Sisters, Book One: Love in Bloom Series) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link] is the first novel in a planned trilogy starring the Snow Sisters.
The author, Melissa Foster, gave me this book as an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) in exchange for my review.
I love the way that Melissa Foster writes. She takes some pretty common romance archetypes — the uptight woman not looking for love and the man who looking for his next fling — makes them unique. I am a romance reader, so I have read these characters hundreds of times in hundreds of ways and yet Foster brings something to the table that is new and fresh.
As per the usual, it’s contemporary romance script and the characters start out a little grating. Danica is something of a prude, almost irrational in her behavior and then added to the equation is that she’s a therapist. I am going to be honest with you here — when I first read her, I pictured Dana Carvey’s Church Lady from SNL. The saying for mechanics is that their cars are always on blocks in the driveway and this analogy fits for Danica. She’s a therapist who is great at giving advice and doesn’t hesitate for even a minute, to share her gift whether people want it or not. She makes somewhat questionable choices in her own life. Blake is the pretty typical alpha male man-ho. There is not a whole lot to recommend him beyond a pretty face and big muscles. Blake is a misogynist and well aware of his jackassery. Foster develops these characters, rounding out their rough edges in a way that makes them not only likable but also relatable.
That said, I find myself hating the main characters in shows like “New Girl.” In a lot of ways, Danica is that type of character flailing through her life in her late 20s. By the time you’re 29, you should have some semblance of togetherness. The things that may have been funny when you were a teen or an early 20-something just comes off as lame. A ploy in a way for the sole purpose of maintaining a helpless attractiveness. — “Catch me while I swoon because life is so hard” folks. Danica was not that extreme, but she had those qualities that wanted me, as her reader friend, to shake her and say, “Get it together! You’re strong and professional. Make it happen!” She is sad that people think she’s smart. Get over it.
Much of [easyazon-link asin=”0989050858″ locale=”us”]Sisters In Love (Snow Sisters, Book One: Love in Bloom Series) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link] builds the base for the rest of the series. We meet the sisters and get an introduction to their relationship and dynamics. As with all of us, we are different people in different relationships and environments, and Foster doesn’t discount that real-life dynamic. [easyazon-link asin=”0989050858″ locale=”us”]Sisters In Love (Snow Sisters, Book One: Love in Bloom Series) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link] is a romance in the truest sense of the word and is a well-written example of that genre.
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Melissa Foster is a prolific author covering many genres. Click to read my review of her novel Have No Shame.