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Lance (Roughneck Shorts Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Candace grew up in a home with an abusive mother...a "mother" who lives to sabotage any effort to help her daughter be more comfortable in her own skin by making high calorie, tempting but unhealthy meals and then taunting her when she isn't allowed to eat what she wants...it was cruel, hateful and the reason so many young women have deadly eating disorders.
When Lance and Candance meet unexpectedly after she faces another self-esteem crushing disappointment, it was an exciting and very sweet beginning for both of them.
I love the intensity and "realness" that comes with every one of these short but satisfying novellas that Camaron writes...they make me "feel all the feels" and bring to light issues that impact many people (male and female) in their everyday life. There is a good lesson to be learned in this one as well and hopefully sends out the message loud and clear, that beauty comes in all forms, all shapes and sizes and real beauty is completely from within if people would take the time to appreciate what lies in a person's soul.
I was left feeling hopeful and happy at the end of this gem and can't wait for the next one...a music man's story.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
***** 5 ***** "what a girl really needs to hear from her man" stars
by Chelsea Camaron
May 18, 2015
approximate pages: under 100
#Romance: #Contemporary #Novella #QuickRead
** ARC Provided by Author in Exchange for an HONEST Review. **
-- MY THOUGHTS --
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
I'm not a fan of the pink/red cloud streaks or whatever clashing into the faded model. At quick glance, the eye focuses on the dark cloud to the right and the oil rig and it's very easy to allow the eye to continue it's search for something more appealing. The synopsis for this reads pretty vague as well. If I weren't already investing in the series, it would be a hard sell to get me to pick this one up.
Written in a first person, alternating POV, clearly defined at the head of each chapter. Easy to follow along with.
Lance is a Roughneck, working on an oil rig with Maverick and Heath (see previous books). In his spare time, he performs tricks at competition level on his motorcycle. He readily admits to being an adrenaline junkie, thus his nickname "Rush". Candace is a curvaceous pharmacist with some self-confidence issues. Raised to believe that her eating habits were disgusting and that she was fat plays a pretty big part in that. She's learned that most people over-look her and when they do acknowledge her, it's because they want something from her. She's smart, sassy and a little sad. He's wild, sexy and a little bit bad. Together they could interlock their halves into the most perfectly balanced whole, if only they'd learn to accept the balance.
In the end, I feel that we had the chance to get to know Lance better than Ace. Maybe because he was part of the Roughneck trio all along. I loved his dialogue and interaction, but found her hesitation and reservations to be somewhat annoying after it's continuance months later. I'd expected a little more substance to the plot. It felt thin and unusually empty. I'd hoped for it to take a twist or two regarding Wade and her job, but that was even too much to hope for. This novella was just too short to create a rich plot. Worse, it's written so smooth, it creates a blink-and-you-miss-it effect. The characters' chemistry never had a chance to shine through and prove itself before it was over, leaving the conclusion to seem sort of out-of-the-blue and unbelievable. At least, that's how I felt about it. I think it would have thoroughly benefited from another 40 pages or so. I am truly saddened to have to score this one so low after enjoying the first two so much more. Overall, it is *not* a bad little story and the writing is still good, it was just way too short.
Heat Level: 3.5
-- ABOUT the AUTHOR --
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.
Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.
Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.
When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.
She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.
-- REVIEWER INFO --
Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter
Another cute short story from Chelsea Camaron. I really enjoyed how the Heroine, Candace (Ace), was not the usual skinny girl you read about in the books. She had extra weight (Probably around my size) and it was nice reading about a girl like her finding love with one of the "hot" guys. I love how she was still this beautiful and intelligent woman, and how she was seen by Lance for just that.
I was able to relate to her character more than that of other female characters as I too struggle with accepting my weight, and also with eating. Today's society puts so much stress on being thin as a twig, that any woman who isn't a size zero is made to feel as if she is fat. We put so much stress on a person's size, we tend to overlook the beauty that is inside, which is really what makes a person who they are. In Lance and Ace's story, it showed that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes…just the way it should be.
Lance was sweet and fun. His love for Ace shone through, and I really loved how he didn't give up on her, or pressure her into anything she was not comfortable with. He always treated her as if she was the absolute most beautiful girl in the world. Although he did push her out of her comfort zone a few times, it was done out of love to show her how beautiful she really was to him. In so many ways it was like he saved her. From her ex, from her parents, and from herself. Oh and to top it all off, Lance was sexy as hell.
One thing I would of liked to have seen from this story was more about Lance and his trick riding. This played a decent part on the story, and it is something I enjoy watching in real life, so I would have loved to see a bit more of this, but that is just personal preference.
I also would have liked to see what had become of Ace's relationship with her parents…did she continue to have contact? Did she cut ties? Their actions were inexcusable… parents should want the best for their children, not belittle them and put them down their whole life. Her mother was the opposite of supportive, and one of the main causes of Ace's self esteem issues.
This was def a cute, relatable read that made me smile. I really wish it had been a little longer (just like the other shorts in this series) simply because I love the characters <3
Chelsea Camaron has taken The Roughnecks Series and made the stories into novellas that are packed full of meaning. All of the characters face real life scenarios. We can relate to them. They are everyday people. What I loved about each novella is that the men and women were not artificial or beautiful supermodels. All characters in the stories are flawed, passionate, and carry a message to the reader. The men are hard working and self-less. Yes, they are the sexy alpha-male, but these men carry more than just a beautiful physical trait. They are devoted to the woman who turns their life around.
Lance is a story about insecurities. It is about not allowing others to define who you are as a person. It is being okay with curves. It also provides hope that there are men out there that think about the inner self more than the physical self.
Lance (the hero) learned how to be a man from the useless ones his mom brought in and out of the house. He wanted to be different for the woman in his life. He wasn't a playboy or a user. He just desired a girl that he could have a simple life with. I loved Lance's point-of-view on life.
Candace lived with a critical mother. Her mom would constantly harp on her about her weight and eating habits. Even as a child, Candace struggled with her curves. Because of her low self-worth she allowed men to use her and treat her like nobody. Candace is someone that a lot of girls can relate to. I really liked her character. Candace just wanted to be cared about and accepted. When she ends up in a bad situation, Lance comes in to rescue her.
Candace and Lance have bumps occurring before a relationship begins to develop. Part of it had to do with trust, and a lot had to do with Candace's family. Can Lance be the one to turn Candace around in her thinking?
I cannot say enough great things about Lance's story. The Roughnecks Series has been great to follow, and I am sorry to see Lance finish off this portion of the series.
Twenty-eight year old Lance Miller has a nickname for being an adrenaline junkie, Rush. He lives for the rush, but when he meets the girl of his dreams, will she be able to give him the rush he needs to settle down. Lance works on an oil rig with Maverick and Heath, its dirty work and hard. But when he gets a chance, Lance is hanging with his mates at the bar or riding his bike.
Lance is determined to treat women the right way. Never using them for their own pleasure or bed hopping. At the bar now, he tries to pick up a curvy girl, but she thinks he’s pulling her leg. Why would a hot guy like him be chasing after a curvy girl when he could have a Barbie wanna-be? He’s the gentleman, not the player and the girls just don’t seem to realise how legitimate he is.
Candace Jones is a pharmacist and enjoys her job. She didn’t have an easy upbringing, she had both parents and was an only child, but her life was far from fun and easy going. Her current boyfriend, Wade is a douchebag and only wants a physical relationship. When she isn’t in the “mood”, his response was: “Do I look like a man to cuddle? Get real, Candy. I am a man, a man with needs.” They have been together almost three months and first met in the pharmacy.
Lance and Reese, (Roughneck Riders team) are at the Pavement Pushers event and when they begin their routine, he sees Reese go down. There’s a woman in the arena and Reese was trying not to run her down. Candace is babbling, crying and clearly hysterical. Lance gets her out of there while Reese is checked out.
Its two weeks later and Lance hanging out with his mates at their usual bar. Coincidentally, he sees Candace and cannot believe his luck. Will Candace give Rush the chance to get to know her? Does she believe he actually wants curvy women over Barbies? Can Candace overcome her insecurities enough to trust and to fall with him?
This was certainly a very inspirational and moving short read. Lance, I just cannot get over this sweet man and all the roughnecks for that matter. This is one series that should be read by all romance readers as each is very different from the others. The insecurities that Candace had were very real, especially for me and I totally connected to everything she was feeling. Another winner from Ms Camaron. Thank you.
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