Friday, September 14, 2012

Review for Love or Luxury by Heather Thurmeier

Rebecca's life of luxury in Meadow Ridge is vanishing faster than the designer clothes from her closet as she sells them to pay rent--unless she finds someone to share her life and her rent.

When she meets Finn, the rugged, sexy motorcycle hunk, she thinks her luck is finally changing. There's just one problem--he's not from Meadow Ridge. Reid, her high school flame, comes back to town as the Meadow's most eligible bachelor with a tendency to spoil her and a gorgeous mansion--everything she's always wanted.
Now Rebecca's torn between Finn, the man who lives a simple life outside the Meadow, and Reid, the man who can give her the life she's always wanted.
Love or Luxury is a pleasant story reminiscent of a Hallmark movie.  It's a bit predictable but there's something comforting about it that draws the reader in and has you rooting for a HEA.  The main couple are opposites in many ways but when they're together they bring out the best in one another and prove that love knows no bounds. 
Rebecca starts out as the proverbial rich girl who's fallen on hard times.  She's known no other life than her friends and neighborhood of Meadow Ridge and is desperately trying to stay there and keep the illusion alive.  She's waiting for her high school love to return so they can marry and live the ideal life she's dreamt of but her situation keeps worsening which has led to a waitressing job and a chance meeting with sexy and hard working Finn.  She at first sees Finn as a way to pass the time until Reid returns, but before long their sizzling connection can't be ignored and she has to decide what she really wants and what will really make her happy.  Through most of the story I didn't really care for Rebecca.  It seemed a bit pathetic and naive to wait for a man who made no promises for the future with her.  Her wanting to use Finn for a fling seemed mean and showed how little she cared for his feelings.  Juggling both men's attentions at once also showed how little she cared for other's feelings and there was a bit of satisfaction when everything came to a head for her.  When with her friends she talked down about Finn just to fit in and this hypocrisy also rubbed me wrong.  It was only when she was with Finn that she became more likable.  He brought out maturity and emotional honesty in her when they were together.
Finn was the highlight of this story!  He was the quintessential hero, sexy and hard working and not afraid to show and admit his feelings.  He brought out the best in Rebecca and I love the slow, yet extremely sexually tense build-up throughout their relationship.  Their romance was believable and extremely satisfying with a nicely smouldering sexual encounter.

The secondary characters were predictable with none really standing out.  Reid was especially bland and I couldn't understand why Rebecca thought he was worth waiting for, no matter how much money he had.  He's easily forgettable.  What's not forgettable is the warm and fuzzy feeling this story gave me.  It was a feel good story that ultimately conveyed a meaningful message that left me extremely satisfied.  Those wanting a sweet story with a nice bit of steam will find this story to be just what they're looking for along with an author who has a pleasantly reliable writing style.

My rating for this is a B.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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