April 4, 2018

Review: Believe in Love by Sheena Binkley

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Believe in Love by Sheena BinkleyBelieve in Love by Sheena Binkley
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on March 8, 2018
Pages: 205
Format: eBook
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Cheryl:

Marcus and I have been through a lot in our short relationship. No matter what issues occurred between us, we both found a way to get through them together.

In recent months, our lives have changed drastically, from becoming parents for a second time to our busy professional schedules, we’re finding it more difficult to spend time together. Now that I’m going into my residency, I’m having even more challenges trying to compete with my colleagues, including the arrogant and obnoxious Drew Harrison. With him constantly on my back, and the struggles accepting Jackie’s death, I feel as if I’m going to explode. I don’t know if I can talk to Marcus about it, especially when he has his own problems to deal with.

If I can’t talk to my husband, then who can I talk to?

Marcus:

Cheryl and I had a rough start to our relationship six years ago. From miscommunication to trust issues, the two of us were able to overcome our dilemmas and be there for one another.

Lately, things between us have started to fall apart. With our busy schedules, we barely have time to see each other, let alone have alone time. We did reconnect recently, but things are not the same between us. I want us to get back to what we had together. I need for us to.

Now that I’d opened a new club in another city, I’m spending more time there getting the new staff settled. There’s one person in particular that is helping me more than anyone, which is a good thing, but could be dangerous once Cheryl finds out.

I know she’s hiding something from me, which is driving me crazy; but should I be upset when I’m doing the same thing to her?

In Sheena Binkley’s Believe in Love, Cheryl and Marcus are a married couple with two small children and both lead pretty busy lives. Marcus flies across the country overseeing clubs that he owns. Cheryl is in the midst of her medical residency. Their busy schedules have put a strain on their relationship; less time is being spent with each other and their children. As problems arise, these two must figure out a way to sort through while maintaining their personal relationship to make sure that they don’t drift too far away from each other.

I appreciate novels where we meet an already established couple, in the sense that they’re past the awkward first phase of getting to know each other. There’s something about meeting a couple that is already comfortable with each other that I am liking more and more.

Believe in Love is a spin-off to the series, Love, Life, & Happiness. It can be read as a standalone, however, I do wish I had read that series beforehand as there were some things I needed more clarification, for example, Cheryl’s mother Jackie and how Drew played into that situation.

Speaking of Drew, he and Cheryl were both competitive residents and had a bit of conflict professionally that played directly into their personal lives. I can’t quite put my finger on it but something was a bit off with the build-up to this big reveal that we actually got pretty early on in the book. I think I would have been more sold on this particular plot point if there was a bit more tension.

I felt that there were a few lagging moments in the novel but aside from that and a few grammatical errors, Believe in Love was a nice love story about a couple overcoming quite a few roadblocks and remaining confident and steadfast in their love for one another.

 

P.S. With Cheryl being a resident, we did get a few hospital scenes which vaguely reminded me of Grey’s Anatomy. It wasn’t reminiscent of the show due to any of the relationships or anything but early on they nicknamed her supervisor, Dr. Burgess, and it reminded me of early Miranda Bailey.

About Sheena Binkley

Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.

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