Love Somebody Like You

Susan Fox
Love Somebody Like You
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Release Date
September 2015
Book 5 of A Caribou Crossing Romance
Contemporary Romance

With its breathtaking terrain and welcoming people, the Western town of Caribou Crossing is the perfect place for a heart to heal, and for love to blossom once more…

Since the death of her husband three years ago, young widow Sally Ryland has kept to herself and focused on her struggling business, Ryland Riding. Folks assume she's still grieving, because Sally has never shared the truth about her abusive marriage, or the trust issues that remain. But when a sexy rodeo rider from her past turns up for a visit, he's a reminder of the feisty woman she once was—and maybe still could be…

Ben Traynor was always attracted to Sally, but he didn't move fast enough. Now what Sally needs is patience and gentleness. With an injury keeping him from his next rodeo, Ben has the perfect excuse to stick around and help with her chores—and her healing. And as Sally finds the courage to face her demons and open her heart again, she'll have to decide if what she has with Ben is more than safety, gratitude, and short-term passion, but a forever love…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 07, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
Books about spousal abuse are tough to review, as nobody wants to say anything negative about a book that deals with such an important subject, but unfortunately for LOVE SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, there was little else going for it other than shedding light on this issue.

Life hasn't exactly been easy for Sally Ryland, owner of Ryland Riding. Barely scraping by after the death of her cruel and abusive husband 3 years ago, the only thing Sally is certain of these days is that she'll never trust another man. When her old friend, rodeo cowboy Ben Traynor, shows up with a broken arm and a smile, Sally's first instinct is to make him go. But Ben senses something has happened to make Sally scared of men, and he wants nothing more than to help her heal. He has no clue that it was her seemingly adoring husband who broke her, but he's determined to break through her walls...and if he gets closer to her, well then all the better! It'll take slow hands and soft words to prove to Sally that what she went through wasn't her fault, but Ben's going back on the rodeo circuit soon. Will all of his progress be for nothing after he leaves town?

I have varying feelings on LOVE SOMEBODY LIKE YOU. This story is about a woman who was deeply physically and mentally abused for years, who was cut off from friends, family and even neighbors in a possessive, obsessive attempt to control her. She has no clue how to interact with people, including her own assistant. Along comes Ben, who slowly (VERY VERY SLOWLY) pushes her out of her comfort zone and gets her to interact with people.

The story itself went at a snail's pace as Sally's progress could be measured in centimeters instead of inches. And I have zero doubt that abused women have (justifiable) serious issues with themselves and others, but for this fiction book, Sally's issues just. didn't. end. I liked her progress from scared mouse to slightly normal woman, I appreciated Ben's patience and willingness to help her heal, but MAN, this story just drags on and on and on.

Added to the dull factor is that the chemistry was barely a spark and the sex was only slightly sensual, so there wasn't even anything exciting to look forward to there. While technically well written, this overdone and dry novel just didn't do anything for me, though I'm sure that fans of the Caribou Crossing Series will love it.

Bottom Line: For lovers of sensual, sweet stories, this may be a real winner for you, but if you like any sort of excitement and passion in your romance reads, you may want to skip this one.
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