by Beth Ehemann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t know why I waited so long to read this! I FLOVED it! Okay, maybe I know why. I thought this would be a cheesy, light read. You know the kind of book I’m talking about. The one you give 3-4 stars to, the one you enjoy kind-of-ish, the one that doesn’t stay with you.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. “Room for You” was, first of all, not a quick read. I never bother checking the number of pages, but 359 is definitely not a short story. Secondly, it wasn’t cheesy. Sure, Brody is one of the nicest book boyfriends I’ve ever come across, but in a totally non-cheesy way.
He’s fun. I liked the banter between the two of them and his POVs were my favorites. I always praise a female author when she manages to write the males’ POVs in a realistic way, and Ehemann did a great job at that.
He’s mature. He’s a professional athlete, but he’s not your classic manwhore or party boy. He knows what he wants (Kacie) and the fact that she’s a mother of two doesn’t dampen his feelings one bit. If anything, it strengthened them. And seriously, seeing him with Lucy and Piper (Kacie’s kids) was always entertaining, fun and sweet.
He’s swoon-worthy. I always curl my nose when I read of H giving the h expensive gifts (cars, dresses, jewelry), because I like more simple, personal gifts. Seeing Brody buying her shampoo or hospital slippers, and generally just making sure she’s safe or cared for warmed my heart.
Kacie was a highly relatable character. Now, I’m not a mother, but she’s also a very driven woman who’s been hurt in the past by people she loved and is now wary of opening her heart again. And I’m sure lots of people can relate to that.
There were only two reasons this wasn’t a complete 5 stars reads:
1- Kacie kept pushing Brody away for too long. They get together kind of early in the book, but I didn’t completely enjoy the limbo-phase when it wasn’t clear whether they were together or not.
2- Around the middle of the book, something happened that got me crying with joy. Not because of the thing per se, but because finally I was reading about a couple solving their issues TALKING. I witnessed a great example of communication and I loved it. We’re all so used right now to seeing book couples split up over the slightest of issues. We’ve come to expect that, whenever a plot-twist occurs in the relationship, they won’t discuss it like adults but jump ship and that’s it.
So, yeah, I was in bookworm heaven. But then other things happened and I hoped they would be solved with the same maturity… and it wasn’t exactly the case. Don’t get me wrong, the separation period is very, very short and in total it takes 3-4 pages of the 359 aforementioned (they didn’t even exactly break up to say it out loud), but it still bothered me.
Another positive note, I want to add, is given by the pace. Normally it’s not something I put in reviews, because it doesn’t make or break a book. But here, when they finally declare their love for each other, they name all the things they did together and, holy shit! they did tons together.
I didn’t realize it while I was reading it, but then back-tracking their relationship I was so pleased to see how slowly yet steadily they grew closer and closer, how Brody managed to crack Kacie’s armor and how Kacie learned to trust him.
One last thing, for you nookie-lovers, there’s basically one hot scene (well, two, but they’re so close together in time it’s basically a long one). Now, it was an average steamy scene, but don’t expect this to be one of those steam-packed novels. It’s not. It totally worked for me as it was. I didn’t think more heat was necessary and enjoyed Kacie and Brody’s interactions immensely both when they bordered the malicious side and when they were just tender and supporting.
In conclusion, I’d like to place an order for a Brody without ketchup and mayo, with a side of banter and a whole heaping of witty tenderness.
Oh, and there’s also a sequel to their story, which I’m going to check out as soon as I finish this review. So, of course, I’d recommend this to everyone. Maybe not to erotica lovers, if you like romance then you’re in for a treat.