Where There's A Will

Karen Kelley
Where There's A Will
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Release Date
September 2012
Book 2 of Good Girls
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Her Fantasies Were Wild But Buried Deep...

Haley Tillman words hard at being a good girl, hiding her rich fantasy life in the pages of her diary. But being good doesnt' seem to get her anywhere with men, and her confidence is on a downward spiral. She's ready to try something altogether different, but hasn't a clue where to start. In a moment of desperation, she prays for a miracle...

He Might Take Her Beyond Them...

Ryder is the perfect combination of powerful angel plus normal hot–blooded man. Crossing into the mortal world could cost him his existence. But mortals are like a potent drug to Ryder, and Hayley is quickly becoming his drug of choice...

Book Review by Lisa Jo
Nov 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
WHERE THERE'S A WILL by Karen Kelley is overloaded with sex appeal, but lacking the emotional involvement. Readers looking for a super sexy read may love this erotic romance, but may not be completely satisfied with the journey.

Haley Tillman needs a man. Her quiet, timid life has gotten the best of her, and now all she craves is a nice roll in the sheets with a gorgeous man. Just as soon as that thought crosses her mind, her doorbell rings and on the other side of the door is a sexy cowboy. Ryder is a nephilim—half angel, half human—and ready to answer her very dirty prayer. Yet after a few scorching encounters, Ryder is pushing Haley to expose a side of herself the world has never seen. Mortals have always fascinated Ryder, but Haley is exceptionally captivating and he wants nothing more than to convince her what a beautiful goddess she is. Answering Haley's prayer may be more than Ryder bargained for, because he's beginning to realize he wants more from her than he can ever have.

This novel really left me speechless. It started out really strong but somewhere along the way became very confusing. This wasn't really a journey about finding romance, but Haley's journey of obtaining self-confidence. It certainly is an interesting ride because I didn't exactly agree with all of Ryder's methods to bring out this self-confidence. Haley was forced to do some really outrageous things to please Ryder. In the end, it was all supposed to make her feel like a more beautiful person. Yet all the changes on the outside made her unrecognizable to her family and friends and I was disappointed that this journey to self-discovery resulted in such a physical change.

I had no doubt in my mind that these two characters were strongly attracted to each other. Yet what I could not conclude by the end was whether these two felt anything else for each other beyond the lust. That particular detail was very frustrating for me as a romance reader. A lot of questions were left unanswered or else you were supposed to make your own conclusions. The novel is sexy, and there are plenty of scenes to prove that point. If you are looking for a sexy read, this may scratch the itch. But if you want a tad bit more emotional involvement, this may not be everything you are expecting. Sex? Yes. Romance? Not really. I wouldn't judge this aspect of WHEN THERE'S A WILL if it wasn't vaguely implied. I was expecting a happily ever after because the author implied the need for one. I don't feel that this novel provides it...in more than one way.

I also never truly fell in love with the characters. Haley's emotions were a dangerous roller coaster ride. One page she would be ready to strut her new sexy side, yet the next page would describe her crawling back into her shell. Her thoughts were repetitive...she would make the exact same comments (word for word) about one of her attributes two or three times throughout the story. A few times the sympathy you were supposed to extend to her character would walk that fine line towards pity and that was a hard pill for me to swallow.

Ryder was always, and I mean always, thinking about sex. Yes, I know it's an erotic novel but it was rare he thought about anything else involving Haley which in turn meant he rarely had any time to think about any romantic feelings towards her. This fact didn't really help the romance and didn't make the tricky ending very clear. Another point was that I really wanted to learn more about his character, but the novel ended before it could go very far. I haven't read the first book in this series, so that could have made a difference if I had read it before WHERE THERE'S A WILL.

As WHERE THERE'S A WILL progressed, there was always some detachment that I felt from their story. The sexy parts were too soon and everything else after that seemed out of place. It wasn't all bad though. Karen Kelley writes some excellent and scorching hot love scenes that cater to many different fantasies. Her paranormal twists were unique and many lines were laugh out loud funny. Ms Kelley has a great talent for writing light, comical dialogue. The writing itself was solid and enjoyable to read; it's just that some parts of the story development left more to be desired. The point is, even though this particular story didn't hit the mark with me, I would not hesitate to try another of Ms Kelley's stories.
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