Tongue & Groove, by Shae Connor
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
After fifteen years on the road, rock singer Saul Wilder doesn’t know if he remembers how to stay in one place. While healing from a vocal cord injury, he decides to restore the cozy but neglected Atlanta home his grandmother left him. When home renovation specialist Perry Abrams arrives to assess the job, Saul’s on board with mixing business with a little pleasure. The sex is scorching hot, but the more they learn about each other, the deeper they fall emotionally as well. Trouble is, Saul’s a traveling man and Perry’s a homebody, so finding common ground to share could put the brakes on their relationship before it has a chance to get started.
I’m a sucker for a good novella and add in a rock star and home improvement and I’m a happy girl. I’m all about HEAs whether they’re realistic or fantasy. I also understand that shorter books have to pack a lot of story in a small amount of space, but there’s a big gap in Tongue & Groove where the MCs go from taking it slow to falling in love and I was left feeling like I missed something somewhere in between.
This created a problem for me because since I didn’t get to see more of the relationship grow and blossom, I had a hard time believing that the conflict could be resolved at the end. There’s fast, and then there’s “Hi, nice to meet you. Want to live happily ever after with me?” It’s possible that more time had passed than I was lead to believe – I mean, an entire house was renovated in the span of this book – but it doesn’t read that way and the reader isn’t included on much of what happens between the few dates that Saul and Perry go on. There’s a beginning and an end but the middle is missing.
I thought the writing was a little corny, which I’m not completely opposed to, but Saul didn’t take me as the rock star type. Especially the front man of a rock band. The grand gesture at the end was also a cliché that I’ve seen done many times before so I didn’t feel there was much that set this book apart.
I did really like Perry’s character. He can come over and renovate my place anytime. I also appreciated that, aside from the traveling, he didn’t care about Saul’s popularity and potential to become very famous. That was something I expected so I was happy when the story didn’t go in that direction.
Overall, this was a pleasant little book. Although I listed things I didn’t care for I think what it mostly comes down to is this author’s writing style just isn’t a good fit for me. That said, if the blurb sounds like something you might like, I say give it a shot.
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she works for the government by day and reads and writes about people falling in love by night. She’s been making up stories for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should start writing them down. Now, she usually has far too many stories in progress, but when she does manage to tear herself away from her laptop, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and traveling, not necessarily in that order.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.