- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3357 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (4 Nov. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M8O0T83
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,644,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wondered if what he was asking his friend Ryder to undertake was really necessary but as the book progressed it soon became apparent that Kenny had good cause to ask Ryder to watch out for Brenna.
Brenna and Ryder were friends, they shared a lot and it obvious that they really liked each other but their connection was based on something more than how they felt for each other, they had a friendship that was forged through the love and respect of the same man, Kenny.
It takes a while for Brenna to find her feet again, to emotionally move on from grieving and consider her needs as a woman but there are a series of unexplained incidents that occur as she starts to live her life again and although there always seems to be one particular person there to lend a helping hand …could it be that they are know more about what is happening and why that they are letting on. It certainly seemed that way.
I think the story was more intriguing than I had anticipated, it was paced slowly allowing time to dictate the flow of events and I found that made the situation not only more realistic but also more exciting. The characters needed patience and I think the lilt of the story encouraged me as a reader to have that patience too.
A well written story that wasn’t quite what I expected but that certainly captivated my imagination. A new author to me that I will be keeping an eye on in future.
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Still, she's practical. After a year and a half of widowhood, she forces herself to resume "normal" life again—an immediately finds herself in abnormal situations. A speeding car swerves toward her in an alley. Luckily, her "Grumpy Neighbor" (the rude, perpetually annoyed guy next door) is there and pulls her out of the way. Then her tire goes flat. Again, Grumpy Neighbor immediately appears to change it. She notices for the first time he's actually very attractive, and he reluctantly admits his name is "Ry." Other such accidents happen, with Ry showing up to rescue her.
But they aren't accidents after all. The repair shop tells her a valve in her tire was tampered with. Someone is try to scare—or even kill—Brenna.
It's no coincidence either that Ry—in reality, Ryder Bronson, her late husband's sergeant and best friend in Afghanistan—is always there to save her. He's fulfilling a deathbed promise to Brenna's husband, whose death he wrongly blames himself for.
That's the set up of SOLITARY MAN, and I won't give away any more of the plot so that you can be surprised by what happens.
Things I liked about SOLITARY MAN
1. Brenna is an admirable character. She's got inner strength, and she's smart and brave too. Not "spunky," but brave. When dangerous things happened, she dealt with them, but she didn't purposely throw herself in harm's way.
2. "Grumpy Neighbor" Ryder was too grumpy at first to be likable, but from the start I admired his sense of honor and the lengths he went to to keep his promise.
3. Not only are Brenna and Ryder fully fleshed out people, but the other characters are also. This is not one of those boring two-dimensional romances where every scene is about the couple's romance. Instead, both have jobs, friends, enemies, and dogs, all of whom feel so real that it's easy to keep them straight. Their worlds feel full and realistic. Also, I learned a lot about Brenna and Ryder when I saw them interact with others.
4. Their mutual grief over Kenny's death both brings Brenna and Ryder together and pushes them apart. Both are confused by their mutual growing attraction, which partly seems a betrayal of Kenny. I found this conflict believable and strong, and it was a conflict that forced both people to grow toward happiness.
5. The author was careful to avoid clichés. For example, never did Ry or Brenna suspect the other was an enemy. Nor did they bicker over petty misunderstandings. I wasn't able to predict the plot but kept guessing what would happen next until the end.
6. I read the Kindle version, which had NO spelling, grammar, and formatting errors.
Things I didn't like about SOLITARY MAN
If you've read other reviews of mine, I always try to be honest about both a book's good points and its flaws. But I found nothing to criticize in SOLITARY MAN.
I recommend this contemporary romance novel to anyone who likes to read about a heroine and hero with integrity, characters who behave believably, and a rich, developed world that feels real.