Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on November 15, 2018
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Always the optimist, TV assignment editor Allison Sullivan makes no excuses about the enthusiastic life she leads. As doors of opportunity present themselves, whether in her profession, in her love life, or her friendships, Allison is one to take the task on full speed ahead. But when Allison meets the man she’s investigated in person, the world around her seems to pause as she fumbles to recover from the dynamic energy that clings from him to her. She’s never felt desire forge so deeply within, and the chance at a clandestine meeting raises the stakes on an ensuing love affair.
Award-winning film director Lance Valentine isn’t looking for love, but in the midst of filming a new motion picture, he meets Allison Sullivan in an impromptu dinner at the home he was raised in. At first sight, her beauty takes his breath away, and he finds himself unable to explain the flutter in his heart or the battle in his spirit at the crescent curve of her smile. Career driven and focused on building his empire, Lance has never taken a chance on anything other than his creativity. Until Allison.
While neither of them is looking for romance, they’ll both soon find that an endless possibility of love is within their reach
There’s just something about those Valentine boys.
Lance and Allison have been on our radar since Hunter and Camilla’s story in No Holds Barred and I am happy to see them finally getting their due. Lance and Allison’s attraction is palpable and it all comes to a head in Give Me A Reason. Lance knows what and who he wants, and that is Allison. He’s never been surer. They’ve built a solid friendship and it’s time to take it to the next level.
The book starts off with these two about to take the plunge off the deep end, so to speak, until things are put on a temporary hold. Along the way, readers are privy to Lance and Allison’s deep passions, health issues, Allison’s insecurities, family prodding and everything in between.
These two definitely had the IT factor. The connection couldn’t be denied. Lance was quite the catch; compassionate, caring and completely in tune with Allison’s needs. He was patient and considerate while still on top of all of his personal business.
Allison was a bit of an iffy character for me. She was a bit too wishy-washy for me. One minute she’s completely on track, vivacious, brazen and sure of herself. The next minute, she’s the complete opposite; insecure, quiet, and flighty. There were times it was too extreme of a stretch that I didn’t know what to believe. I get why Allison bolted and honestly, I may have as well but the shift happened so rapidly I was confused.
I liked that Stephanie touched on serious yet common health issues, and I liked having that explored in this novel and how that can affect everyone involved. Overall, Give Me a Reason was a solid, steamy romance and I liked catching with the Valentine siblings, who are proving to be quite the family. I can’t wait to read about the other Valentine brothers.
P.S. I am really rooting for Raphael’s story to be next. There is something so alluring about his story that I am interested in reading more about him.