Friday, 13 April 2018

REVIEW: FOREVER HOME by ALLYSON CHARLES


Forever Home
Forever Friends #1
By Allyson Charles
Releasing April 10th, 2018
Lyrical Shine



LOVE UNLEASHED
 
Isabelle Lopez has never been a dog person. Raising her daughter alone and building a real estate career leaves no time for four-legged furballs. When she finds an abandoned mutt and litter of pups in a foreclosed apartment, Izzy intends to drop them off at a shelter and walk briskly away. Instead, her “heroic” deed makes her a local celebrity. Her boss is thrilled. Commissions are up. And thanks to gorgeous shelter owner Bradley Cohen, Izzy’s disciplined life is suddenly much, much more complicated.
 
He’s got a sexy smile, a wicked sense of humor, and a big, noble heart. Even as Izzy tries to get her libido to heel, boy, Bradley sets out to convince her there’s more to life than padding her bank account. But Izzy knows a trade secret that puts Brad’s beloved shelter at risk, and she can’t warn him.
 
Their relationship was barely getting started; suddenly it’s in the dog house. Now Izzy and Brad need to figure out what matters most, and whether this could be much more than animal attraction…

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In Forever Home (Forever Friends #1) by Allyson Charles, when Isabella Lopez rescues an abandoned litter of puppies and their mother and brings them to the local shelter, she never thought she'd become a local celebrity. Even worse, she can't seem to get the shelter's owner Bradley Cohen out of her head. Will Bradley be able to convince Isabella that there's more to life than work and making money or will they both walk away from their chance at happy ever after because they're too different?

What a very entertaining read Ms. Charles has delivered in this book where the main characters do justice to the term 'opposites attract' and drew me into this story immediately, as the heroine is a workaholic and needs to have fun and the hero is the right man for the job. Will Isabella give Bradley a chance, especially when he reminds her a bit of her ex? However, it was from the moment this couple are introduced to each other where things really get interesting, as the hero doesn't know whether to trust the heroine or not, especially with what he comes across her doing. Will Isabella's explanation be enough for Bradley?

As for the dialogue, I loved the main characters back stories, as the heroine has done it tough and it's understandable why she's such a workaholic. Providing for her daughter is important, but I liked how Brad did his best to make the heroine realize that money isn't everything. Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave by giving Brad a chance. Since to her he does things on a whim instead of worrying about money, which is proven by his barely-surviving animal shelter that he needs serious help raising funds for. I also liked her feisty side in the way she stands up to a colleague that thinks she can't handle everything she has going on. When, in fact, that couldn't be further from the truth. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was the tight bond she shared with her daughter and that she would do anything for the little girl including what Brad persuades her to let the little girl do when it comes to the shelter. 

While the hero, he's hard-working, kind, caring, doing good things for the clinic when it comes to the care he takes with the animals and I loved how determined he was to win the heroine over. She needs more fun in her life instead of always working and I loved how persistent he was in his pursuit. I also liked the growing bond Brad shared with the heroine's daughter because the young girl needs a father figure in her life. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was his friendship with Gabe, despite the fact that they're as different as chalk and cheese, especially with the way Gabe feels about relationships and Brad is fighting to have something with Isabella.

Overall, Ms. Charles has delivered a wonderful read in this first book of her Forever Friends series where the chemistry between Isabella and Brad was instantaneous the moment they come face-to-face for the first time, even though they get off to a rocky start; the romance was delightful and had me so happy that the hero won the heroine over; and the ending left me completely satisfied, especially because of what the heroine does for the hero. I would recommend Forever Home by Allyson Charles, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope, the friends to lovers trope, or books by authors by authors Melia Alexander, Jennifer Hoopes, Elsie Davis and Jenna Bayley-Burke.









































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