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Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: A Moment of Weakness by Brooklyn Skye

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled - Brazen
Release Date: October 19, 2015

He can fight anything...except his need for her.
Until her new job starts in September, buttoned-up elementary school teacher Laurel Harris is at loose ends and in need of cash. Fortunately her best friend's older brother is a single dad and desperately needs a nanny. Or so she's told. She doesn't anticipate him being such a menacing, muscled, and undeniably gorgeous man...or that he has zero interest in hiring a nanny.

Micah Crane will do right by his young daughter, no matter the cost. And right now, that cost is juggling parenthood with long hours at his bar and working as an enforcer for a notorious crime boss. He doesn't need another complication in his life, but the sweet, frustratingly opinionated little blonde hell-bent on caring for his daughter stirs his blood like no woman ever has.

All it takes is a moment of weakness to ignite the lust blazing between them. A moment that will unravel their self-control and unleash all of Micah's darkest secrets...

I didn’t fall in love with this book and it had mostly to do with the heroine. Some of you might become big fans though. It’s one of those books that can make people say “Did I read the same book?”

What I Liked:
         ♥ The overall story. It’s about two adults who share a goal: To give a little girl a fighting chance to have a good life. The adults just happened to fall in love with each other in the process.
         ♥ Laurel’s respect towards the relationship Micah and Shae already had. Laurel may have had the knowledge and the ideas on how Shae should be raised and her execution of those ideas was perfect. She didn’t try and take Shae’s attention from Micah or vice versa. She incorporated her skills and knowledge into the routines that the father and daughter already had. She left it up to Micah to put a stop to the bad habits he had with Shae. I never felt like she was trying to control the relationship between Micah and his daughter.
         ♥ The author’s pacing of the story. Brooklyn Skye knew when to speed things up and when to slow things down in order to emphasize a point.
         ♥ Shae. I rarely like children in romances because they usually fail at adding a “cute” factor and go straight to “annoying” but this little girl was something else. Smarter than her father thinks and at six years old blunt as hell. It was clear she was her father’s daughter and that her environment was shaping her into a mini ball buster. If she ever does get her own adult romance, I hope she doesn’t change too much.
         ♥ Micah. He was a badass with a soft spot for his kid. He regularly sacrificed his dignity and sometimes his pride just to make her happy. Don’t even get me started on the risks he took to provide for her. He was far from perfect but who wants a perfect character? They’re boring.

What I Didn’t Like:
          Laurel’s overzealous attitude towards her individual goal. Ironically what made her ideal for Micah and Shae’s lives also annoyed the crap out of me. I get that her passion was to improve the lives of the children she worked with but every other thought in her head was about how desperately she wanted to help. I just wanted to say “Yeah sweetie, I get it, you’re a goody two shoes who wants to swoop in and save the day. Stop thinking about it and just do it.”
          I felt that Micah and Laurel were unevenly matched as a couple. Micah is this hard as nails, jaded man who was more mature than his years suggested. Laurel was this almost virginally innocent woman with unrealistic views of the world sometimes. Micah already had one innocent in his life: His daughter, I just thought he deserved someone more “adult” as his heroine.

A Moment of Weakness didn’t exactly work for me and it was mostly due to Laurel. I just couldn’t click with this woman and more than once I caught myself rolling my eyes at some of her thoughts. I generally like my contemporary heroines with more life experience and a bit tougher attitude.

Final Verdict: This book didn’t work for me but it doesn’t put me off of the author at all.

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