An Upper Crust Series Novel (The Upper Crust Series Book 5)
STORY-LINE ANY WAY YOU WANT IT BY MONIQUE MCDONELL:
Author Monique McDonell created a sweet heartwarming romance in Any Way You Want It. It is an entertaining light read which will hold your attention. Grab a comfortable seat because you will read this book straight through. Chloe ran from her former life, a member of a strict religious cult, straight into the arms of an unprincipled man. Shy, introverted, naïve, and unworldly, Chloe ran when she realized what he was. Finally finding a home with her Uncle in a small, close-knit town, Chloe runs the local ice cream parlor after his retirement.
Moose, AKA Tom, knew Chloe’s special from their first meeting. Unsure how to get Chloe’s attention, Moose shows up just as the nightmare from her former life appears. She has a stalker, who is ugly and vindictive, with plans to make her life miserable. Chloe’s terrified and thinks she’s all alone in her fight; she finds Moose, and the town has her back. Will shy introverted Chloe find happiness with outgoing, extroverted Moose? Can Chloe overcome her insecurities to grab life with both hands?
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although a well-crafted romance novel, McDonell filled this story with emotion and life lessons. McDonell enables the reader to see life in a strict religious cult from the viewpoint of a participant. I did not realize how religious cults cloister and restrict their members. I felt so sorry for Chloe as she struggled to adapt to the outside world and our strange ways. Chloe’s has strength at her core, even though she’s frightened and introverted. Enter, our hero, Moose. He is every woman’s dream man; strong, yet gentle, wise, smart, a true gentleman, but not without flaws. Moose is definitely sigh worthy. It was great to find our hero’s not perfect, but had a medical disorder which affected his life; McDonell let us have a look into dealing and living with this disorder.
McDonell developed her characters thoroughly, and the story-line held my attention from the first page. I found the pacing correct for the length of book as McDonell transitions from one scene to another without starts, stops or jerky prose. The secondary characters add depth to the book and show a slice of life in small town USA; where everyone knows your business. Not only are they busybodies, but the community in a small town takes care of its own; watching their back. I enjoyed meeting the residents and coming to know them.
The romance between Chloe and Moose developed slowly; McDonell did not rush our characters into a relationship. Instead, she gave them time to know each other and gradually progressed to a long-lasting intimate relationship. Moose is a man to keep; he is willing to put aside his feelings and needs to give Chloe the time she needs to adjust and accept. Finally, in concluding my romance book reviews, of Any Way You Want It, I found a solid well-written romance filled with a variety of emotions. Although the book has mild love scenes, I did not see them offensive or graphic, but tastefully crafted. Oh, and let’s not forget Elvis, as in Elvis Presley, what a hoot that was.
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
Also, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend. Any Way You Want It is a relaxing, easy to read book, perfect for a lazy afternoon of light reading. I recommend this book to young adults and adults.
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