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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: Totally HIs by Erin Nicholas

This book had me in its corner, cheering it on, until the last quarter of it where I just couldn’t believe what I was reading.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: October 31, 2017

Actress Sophie Birch is used to having to look out for herself. So when her theater catches fire and a big guy scoops her up into his arms to save her, she's going to fight every step of the way. Even if he's a cop. And really sexy. And his arms feel oh-so-good.

Finn Kelly can't help but appreciate how good the woman in his arms looks in her sexy pink lingerie. Even if she's currently resisting arrest.

But as the two get to know each other, they're both surprised by the things Finn is willing to do to get closer to her. And when Sophie's estranged father arrives in town and starts causing trouble, the stage is set for disaster...unless Finn can convince her that, for once in her life, she has someone to lean on.

What’s it About? Sophie is used to being alone and looking after herself so when her theater catches fire and she’s rescued by hunky cop Finn Kelly, she isn’t quite sure what to do except fight him every step of the way. After the fire things just keep popping up and soon Sophie has no choice but to accept help from Finn. As they get to know each other Sophie realizes Finn is nothing like the people she’s used to, he is willing to do whatever it takes to spend time with her but when Sophie’s troublemaking father comes to town Sophie starts to distance herself from Finn. But he’s not ready to let her go without a fight.

Overall reaction to the story? Totally His had such fun characters and a fun plot. I liked the setup and getting to know Finn’s family was fun. They’re loud, they’re stubborn, and they’re nosy as heck when it comes to someone they care about. It was relatively easy to get into the whole story. However, there was one big issue I had with how the conflict with her father was handled that just ruined the story for me and raised some questions about family relationships in romance. But I would definitely read another book by this author again simply because up until that point I was enjoying myself with these characters.

Describe the hero in five words: Caring. Fun. Charming. Stubborn. Dedicated.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Finn is a family man through and through. He comes from a lively group that has no problem speaking their minds. He loves his mom but he isn’t a mama’s boy, he has a great relationship with his siblings, and shockingly he doesn’t have any deep, dark secrets. He is simply put, a really nice guy. I loved that about him. A guy doesn’t have to be troubled, brooding, or dangerous in order to be sexy, sometimes the sexiest thing about a guy can be his willingness to help others and that is exactly what makes Finn so great. He has an abundance of humor that goes well with his easy going demeanor and can have a laugh at his own expense. He really was a charmer.

Describe the heroine in five words: Stubborn. Independent. Cautious. Giving. Kind.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Sophie was the troubled one with secrets in Totally His. Her life alongside her father taught her not to rely on anyone but herself. I felt bad for her because dang, her father was a piece of work. I understood why she behaved the way she did towards other people and I really wanted her to work through that past so that she could have a chance to be truly happy and secure in not only her relationship with Finn but in her friendships that she managed to start building. Sophie always had one foot out the door and these 50 foot walls up around her that set her apart from everyone but she was at heart a good person, which is probably why her father continually made a victim out of her.

Let’s talk about the romance: A reluctant romance on Sophie’s part but Finn was all in from the beginning which isn’t all that common in romance. Watching Finn work around Sophie’s misgivings made me fall for him myself but it also gave Sophie a chance to see that there were good people out there who didn’t always want to take something from her. Their romance was sweet but it was never dull because there was a healthy amount of physical chemistry between them that was just about the only thing Sophie didn’t have a problem with. By the end of Totally His, Sophie had screw up, made amends, and then almost screwed up again but Finn and his family were there to show her the support that she had never had before and that made the romance feel more solid. Sophie gained not only a great boyfriend but the family she never had.

How about that supporting cast? Okay here is where the red lights, whistles, and a big fat “Nope” happened. Finn’s family was great, they were loving, supportive, and everything Sophie didn’t have. However, it was her father, his actions and everyone else’s reaction to what he did and does that really ruined things for me AND had me questioning why this is considered excusable behavior.

Click It or Skip It? If you like charming romances Totally His is great but I had a huge issue with how the antagonist was handled. So I’ll leave it up to you to read the spoiler above and decide if that’s something that can be overlooked. I know I couldn’t overlook that.

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