Another Shot At Love

Niecey Roy
Another Shot At Love
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River Mist Media
Release Date
November 2013
Book 1 of What's Love???
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Imogen Gorecki needs a date to her sister's engagement party—especially since her cheating ex-boyfriend is on the guest list. But finding Mr. Perfect in a time crunch is proving impossible.

Just when she's about to give up, she face-plants into the crotch of the sexiest guy she's ever met.

Matt Sesnick is everything Imogen wants in a man, but he's not looking for a relationship so soon after his recent divorce. Will Gen's pregnant and hormonal older sister, her bridezilla twin, and all of her past Mr. Wrongs get in the way of their happily-ever-after, or can she convince Matt to take another shot at love?

Book Review by SawyerBelle (author,reviewer)
Aug 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
196 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for a raucous romance filled with plenty of hysterics, spectacles, and eye-rolling antics brought to you by a gaggle of dramatic women, then Niecey Roy's ANOTHER SHOT AT LOVE may be the book for you.

Imogen Gorecki, or "Gennie," has sworn off dating at the tender age of twenty-two, the result of a messy end to a two-year relationship. But when her twin sister, Lexie, gets engaged and demands her sister find a "plus-one" before the engagement party, the hunt is on for a stand-in boyfriend. In spite of a string of horrendous blind dates and overbearing intrusions by every woman in her life, Gennie lands straight in the lap of a hero, face-first.

Financial adviser Matt Sesnick's idea of takeout is lumpy alfredo, not the petite blonde with pink-striped bangs he leaves with instead. But her humiliating and awkward date debacle wrings enough pity from him to go against his no-dating ideas. An impromptu night out and one hot kiss lands him in even hotter water when Gennie's mom calls him weeks later to introduce herself to her daughter's new boyfriend. Say what?

Entangled in the wild world of the Gorecki women, Matt's chivalry opens his heart to the dangers of falling in love again. As the engagement party nears, chaos ensues and the pair navigate their charade, unwittingly weaving an intense romance between them.

ANOTHER SHOT AT LOVE had such wonderful potential. There were plenty of elements ripe for cooking a sweet romance, but I felt that there was too much focus on the peripherals to really feed the central romance. I feel the old adage "less is more" really applies in this case as there was just too much. Too much irrelevant information. Too much exaggeration of the females' quirks. Too much inner dialogue repetition. Too much data on the inordinate amount of secondary characters. Too many adjectives. Too many side stories. Too much distraction from the forming bond between Matt and Gennie. I couldn't see the dress through the lace.

There was some wonderful imagery, some humorous moments that made me giggle, and the intimate scenes were tastefully done, but the biggest weakness of this novel was its women. Sadly, that includes the heroine. Their behavior was erratic, irrational and annoying. Each of them had episodes of being nosy, bossy, selfish, unfeeling, whiny, and so utterly juvenile that I thought I was reading about thirteen-year-olds. Getting through the endless interactions between the women soon became as grating as nails across a chalkboard.

This contrast to the wonderfully-painted hero, Matt, made it difficult for me to invest in the heroine's worthiness of such a great man. The scene where Gennie read illegally-obtained private information on Matt's past truly diminished my respect for her. The heroine and her supporting cast must be likeable and relatable to pull me into a story. Unfortunately, that did not happen here.

These issues are easily remedied with rigorous editing and concentration on character development. Niecey Roy definitely knows how to build a backbone. Some proper fleshing out and trimming of the fat would have made this story golden. As it is, ANOTHER SHOT AT LOVE left me wanting.
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