Thursday, 23 May 2019

The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley (Moonlight and Motor Oil #2) #bookreview

The Slow Burn

(Moonlight and Motor Oil #2)


Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed.

In other words, she was going to be just right.

And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one.

The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.

Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie.

But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him—and Addie—is for him to leave.

Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.

The best except for his brother, Toby.

Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more.

Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.

Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn.

Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.

Source: Kindle
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 of 2

My The Slow Burn  Review . . .

I loved this book.  I wasn't sure how it was going to play out with Toby and Addie.  Especially with them figuring out their feelings decently early in the book.  But the story still had tons of depth with what they had to deal with to find their HEA.

Toby and Johnny are so different yet so similar.  Because Toby wasn't one to stay in any place for long, everyone thought he was less dependable and more of a love em' and leave em' type of guy.  Truthfully Toby was so much and it was Addie that brought that out in him.

Both Addie and Toby have scars from their upbringing but they also have foundation and strength from their pasts as well.   Once Toby meets Abbie he stays in Matlock but he's having a hard time loving from a far.  Especially when Addie is too proud and stubborn to ask for help.

Addie has her head in the clouds where Toby's feelings are concerned and doesn't believe anyone when they tell her differently.  With Addie trying to do it all, Toby's feelings finally blow up when he's concerned about Addie.

"And she's jealous like crazy of you because she wished Toby Gamble would fight in the street with her,"  she continued.  "It wasn't as fun as it sounds,"

Thankfully they didn't stall and went all in, leaving us without the unnecessary angst that is too common in other romance novels.

"So, well, at this juncture,"  she started, her voice breathy, sweet and hot, "I think it goes without saying, I've been into you for a while."

I loved the banter between the two as well as just Toby and Addie as a couple.

"An Etsy sore."
"What the fuck is that?"
"It's about selling online craft projects, and I'm not sure with you having a penis that I could explain it in terms you understand."

What makes this series special is Margot and Dave.  Everyone needs love and guidance like these two gave. 

"God had a hand, Margot, you were right.  He gave them to you to raise for us and He gave us to Mom to raise for them.  And He gave you to us so we could have you after she was gone."

The Gambles and the Forresters seem to be burdened with many challenges in life but they seem to handle it with grace and love.

 It was about being reminded about the magnificence of the universe, and how you were an intregral part of it, and you should not waste a moment, you should find time to savor its beauty while you had your time amongst its majesty. 

 Because right then, the message was clear.
The Forrester Girls had this.
Moonlight and motor oil, they could get through anything.

There was so much goodness and sadness in this book, but there was so much more as well.  I'm a huge fan of Kristen Ashley but lately I haven't loved some of her books like I did in the past but with The Slow Burn that has turned me around again because I LOVED THIS BOOK! It had depth, heartache, hope and love.

" . . . You find a woman and you let her live with her head in the clouds.  But even if you're flyin' a plane or swimmin' with the dolphins, you keep your feet firm on the ground so you can keep an eye on her.  Don't ever take your eye off her, boy, don't ever let her crash to the ground."

5 Slow Burning Thumbs up!

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