It’s time to move on
Any day now Jon Adamson will pack his bags and hit the road. After all, his intention was never to hang around Melbourne once he’d settled his late father’s affairs. Yet he hasn’t moved on. And it might have something to do with Gabby Wade. The not-so-big office manager with the really big attitude is making Jon’s days…interesting…engaging…fun. It’s impossible for him to resist her.
But he knows himself—long-term commitments and cozy family dinners aren’t his style. If that’s what the future holds, why is he still here? And why is he spending all his days—and nights—with Gabby? Because maybe she’s the one reason strong enough to make him stay.
What if you discovered that all you ever wanted were the things you’d left behind?
One Good Reason was a sweet story about finding love in unexpected places. Jon Adamson moves to Melbourne to work out his demons while working for his younger brother Tyler. But when he meets Gabby sparks fly though they both resist by convincing themselves that they don’t like the other and are disinterested. They soon give in to their desires, but Jon’s past and the guilt he’s holding onto prevent him from completely giving himself to Gabby.
The love story between Jon and Gabby was cute and sweet. I loved the chemistry between the two and the verbal sparring was great. Jon has a myriad of issues though, and most of them stem from his abusive childhood. He feels guilty for leaving his younger brother, and must always be in control of his emotions. He fears letting go and letting people in because he is constantly scared of being like his father.
Although I liked Gabby she did kind of get on my nerves at times. She was so fiercely independent that she couldn’t accept a man doing any little thing for her. I mean something as simple as opening a door or offering to change her tire would set her off, causing an argument. My thoughts are that if you can accept a woman doing those things for you, just to be nice, then don’t get all uptight when a man offers. He’s not threatening your womanhood or your independence by being nice. Contrary to popular beleif, many don’t offer because they don’t think you can handle it, they offer because it’s the decent thing to do.
I also had a little bit of a problem with the fact that Gabby had a long-term relationship four years prior with his younger brother Tyler. Although I realize things happen, there is still a bit of an ick factor for me. I understand that she broke up with Tyler, which allowed him to meet and fall in love with his wife Ally. But brothers having been with the same woman…not my cup of tea. So side eye to Sarah Mayberry for that aspect.
Overall though, the story was solid and the writing was good. I adored the relationship between Gabby and Jon and loved Jon’s sensitivity. I recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of contemporary romance with realistic characters.
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