Review Tour (Book Review & Giveaway): Write to Me by Nona Raines

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Write To Me

by Nona Raines @nonaraines

Publication Date: September 16, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 3 stars

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The Wild Rose Press • Amazon • Barnes & Noble • iBooks • Kobo • AllRomance

Synopsis

Gloria Navarro met and married her soul mate. When he died, she felt she’d never know that kind of love again. But when she finds a love letter between the pages of a book and the man who wrote the missive, she starts to believe lightning might strike twice.

To Bryan Dunn, love is a four-letter word. He doesn’t go in for cheap sentiment or hearts-and-flowers. But he wants Gloria, and to get her, he’ll let her believe he wrote the silly letter. The longer he’s with her, though, the more he cares. If she discovers the truth about him, it just might break the heart he never thought he had.

Ivy

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New to me author: When I looked up Nona Raines on Goodreads, I’d had no idea that she has so many books out, or that this novella was actually a sequel of sorts to her book, Read to Me. It didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this story, but it does make me want to seek out more by her. I like Ms. Raines’ writing style, with a lyrical slant without getting flowery and a good amount of descriptors to set the tone.  

Interesting setup: I liked that Bryan and Gloria’s meeting through a half-written letter left in a book of poems, an unusual opening gambit for a love story. Gloria has a soft spot for the romantic outpouring and Bryan is more than willing to use that for a chance to get to know Gloria. The misunderstanding is crucial yet believable.

Gloria’s a strong Latina heroine: I adored that Gloria is Latina and it informs alot of little moments throughout the story without becoming the focal point. That she’s loved and lost and is confident in herself and what she’s achieved is admirable and even when the inevitable happens, I really liked that she stood up for herself and called things as she saw them.

Novella length hinders development: I truly wished that the story was longer and more time spent in giving Gloria and Bryan more time getting to know each other. The transition from attraction to love was very quick and told to the reader instead of being shown, and shortcuts were taken to wrap up the story with the final reunion being sweet but rather abrupt.

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I liked it. I think the writing was interesting. I only wish it had been a bit longer.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

About

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Nona Raines is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs. Her most recent work is the erotic romance novella Read to Me.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my story and share news of my giveaway. 🙂

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