As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at a singles resort. He just needs one week to escape his life, and then he’ll get back on track. But moments after arriving he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.
Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. But he’s about to start a Major League Baseball career, and she’s launching a fight for her family legacy. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.
Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion?
I had a bit of relationship with Mine for the Week, one that’s made it a bit hard to review. Erika Kelly has written some of my favorite books (read the Rock Star Romance series if you haven’t, it’s so much fun!) and she once again has written a couple that has unmistakable chemistry. There’s some great push and pull between Sophie and Ryan and individually as they face life post-graduation. But, there were times that I truly struggled.
What I liked:
- Erika Kelly taps into the very definition of the New Adult Romance genre with Mine for the Week. According to Wikipedia, NA is defined as: “characters that are leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices.” This book has this in droves!
- Ryan and Sophie have an instant and electric attraction. It literally jumped off the page. This is definitely one of Kelly’s signature traits, this ability to write characters with unmistakable chemistry. With all of Ryan and Sophie’s push and pull in Mine for the Week this is never in doubt. And, they really work as a couple. They both challenge each other and bring out the best in each other.
- I loved watching these two characters come to terms with where they thought they were headed and where they really wanted to be. Anyone of us can relate to that fear and anxiety that plagues a person as they head into the real world and when your path has been laid out in front of you for as long as you can remember, that just makes it worse.
- Sophie is wonderful. I loved her spirit and no-nonsense attitude. I loved how much she wanted to preserve her family legacy. She’s a good friend and sister. She loves food and Kelly does a fantastic job of bringing this part of Sophie’s character to life. And, even though she’s at a crossroads, she is confident.
- Ryan’s story is a powerful one. We met him briefly in book one of this series, Mine for Now. If you’ve read that you know that his mother’s an alcoholic and that there’s a bit of dysfunction in the O’Donnell household. Ryan has spent the last 10 years working to be the perfect child, channeling his anger into baseball and he’s on the brink of a major league career. He’s disciplined and talented. And, he’s suffering from panic attacks the very week that pro scouts are watching him.
- I also really liked the setting. Kelly chooses to place her characters on a fictional resort in the Caribbean, Isla de los Amantes which literally means island lovers.
What I didn’t like:
- I really, really wanted to like Ryan. I most certainly empathized with him and found his conflict totally believable. And, when he found his way out of his head, he was pretty awesome. But, I couldn’t get behind the choices he made regarding his baseball team, which I found to be incredibly irresponsible. He pursued Sophie in a way that made me very uncomfortable and was very selfish. While I understood that he was finally going after something he wanted, I didn’t like that he constantly disregarded Sophie’s wishes to get it.
- As Ryan struggled with his decisions, the narrative stalled. There was just a little too much of his flip-flopping between what he should do and what he wanted to do.
Even while Ryan’s story stalled out at times, Sophie’s moved forward consistently and I liked where she ended up. Once Ryan made a decision, he really shined and became the man he and Sophie deserved. I loved the ending and Kelly really pulled on the heartstrings when Ryan finally faced his family (and future) making some hard decisions.
3.75 Stars for Mine for the Week. Heat level: 3.5
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPr in exchange for honest feedback.
Mine for the Week was published in October 2017 from EK Publishing.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.
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