Autumn Getaway, Seasons of Love: Book One, Jennifer Gracen

Autumn Getaway (Seasons of Love Book 1)

 

Autumn Getaway, Seasons of Love: Book One, Jennifer Gracen
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance.
I saw this trilogy and it appealed, not one full of sex but a more slow burn romance. In fact in this part there is no actual sex and yet its still full of sensuality. Having read several “erotic romances” recently that have been all sex and little story, this was just what I needed.

Lydia – she’s a great lead, recently divorced, one of those marriages where they just grew apart, and add in that her young son has severe speech problems, and her husband just didn’t want to make the effort to keep their marriage going. Lydia mourns the loss of what could have been even though she’s happy about the divorce. They couldn’t have continued and yet everyone – well almost everyone – has that idealistic dream of perfect home and family…and now for her its gone.
She’s on a weekend away at her good friend’s wedding. Many of the guests have made a three day event of it as its in a glorious premises, and she meets Sam there. His family have been lifelong friends of the grooms family and his older brother Alex is the grooms best friend. there’s a connection between the two right from their first meeting which surprises them both. she’s excited and scared though – is it too soon? should she be concentrating on the struggle to help her son? granddaughter number one has sever speech problems and like Lydia we were fobbed of for years with “she’ll catch up/its because she has an older brother/because her parents have separated…” ad nauseum. After much struggling to get help finally when she started school and the staff said they couldn’t teach her as they didn’t know what she’d taken in she spent a full year in a language school in a class of nine, and everything became so much better, and she caught up to her peers. I can feel so much for Lydia, when the experts you need just won’t help its hard, everyone wants the best for their children and speech is such a basic thing. she and Sam chat and find they have so much in common and over the weekend they get much closer. Sam makes it clear he wants more than just the weekend though but Lydia is scared, she thinks maybe its too soon. Her friends are pushing her forward, thinking a fling is what she needs and yet she’s just not a fling type person…thankfully Sam understands. He too had had his share of problems, a very traumatic past and his family are more than a little protective of him, seeing Lydia as an emotional problems he doesn’t need. their intervention adds so much to the story, creates plenty of tension, angst and drama. Lydia can see their point but that’s the last thing Sam wants, his families intervention just when he’s finally on the way to persuading her they can have more, can try a long distance romance. If I was Sam I’d have been furious at them – and he was!
Its a great read, and I’m so happy I’ve got books two and three on my kindle. I really wanted to get to book two straight away but try to hold back and review she part first. That’s been hard to do!! Its been a treat to have a story that’s romance, but not page after page after page of tepid, boring, repetitive sex scenes. Seems like after FSoG every romance has to be a trilogy and full of sex. I loved Fifty, felt the story wasn’t detracted by the sex but its spawned a myriad of thin, dull stories packed with boring sex trying to cash in on its success.Tip: If the sex scene is dull first time round, repeating it endless times isn’t going to magically make it good. Even if its good constant repetition of the same unvaried sex gets dull…. there are some real gems and I’ve loved them, but also books that would have been better if, like this one, the sex was kept back and the story allowed to shine. It’s been a real treat to read a solid romance where the sex is tantalising, sensual and teasing, even when its just gentle touches and searingly hot, erotic kisses.
The weekend ends, and Lydia is back home, and now we just have to see whether they can make things work, given the distance, her problems with son Andy and Sam’s families very open opposition. Easy Winking smile

Stars: Five, a treat to read. How to make a story romantic, emotional and sensual without endless sex.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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