Staying For Good
Most Likely To series, book # 2
Category: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 3.6
- Captivation: 3.5
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 3
- Enjoyment: 3.5
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.
She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.
While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.
But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good.
Captivation: This book had some good drama and suspense, but felt a little too slowly developed.
Sizzle: There are a few really great sex scenes in this book, really well written chemistry and seduction.
Romance: The relationship in this book felt unreal. The conflict between the two characters hinted at in the first book and in part of this one is non-existant in the rest of the book and the development of the relationship felt too unreal. The male main character was another fairy-tale character, similar to the first book. The men seem to follow happily along without conflict, any girls dream man. I personally like the men and women in the books I read to both have just enough flaws to not make them annoying, yet make them feel real.
Enjoyment: I did like this book, it’s another sweet romance. Usually, I prefer characters to have their flaws so that the plot in the relationships truly build and feel real. This isn’t something I felt in these books. Sweet romances still have their place and are good when you want a completely relaxing, stress-free read, and Ms. Bybee does fairly well in adding other plot elements to keep one reading… however, I think that with a little more character development, this book could have been much better.
Literacy: This book is well edited, containing only the standard word-edit-errors you see in most common books.
Overall, I liked the book and will likely read it again, however, will read for the “sweet” factor. Not the best book ever keeping me tied to it non-stop; certainly not the worst book ever, and worth a read.