One Good Reason (Adamson Brothers #2)
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...more
The release of this book has also brought to light the fact that I am the worst possible stalker in the world. Ever si...more
After ten years of living in Canada, Jon Adamson has come home to Australia. Jon's father is now dead, but his abusive legacy lingers, crippling Jon who deals with it by drinking hard. His younger brother Tyler now happily marrried invites Jon to Melbourne to work in his furniture design company. It's not what Jon wants, but he's not prepared to move on again just yet.
Gabby Wade, Tyler's office manager, is still coming to terms with the fact that four years after breaking up with Tyler,...more
One Good Reason is a stand alone but it is connected to The Last Goodbye. In The Last Goodbye we meet Gabby as Ty's ex-girlfriend and employee. Now Gabby is the heroine of this book and her love interest is Ty's brother, Jon. Just as Tyler, Jon is s...more
For many a woman of my advanced age--50--the mere mention of Harlequin romances engenders painful memories of crappy books with silly covers read in their teens. That's a shame because today Harlequin publishes more than a few really well-written novels. One of my favorite Harlequin authors is the Australian writer Sarah Mayberry. Ms. Mayberry's books feature real people with real problems portrayed with nuance and...more
Jon is a whole lot more messed up than his brother Tyler. He's a lot less emotionally self-aware and (consequently) a lot more blind to the emotional lives of those around h...more
But my issues are really with the core of the story. One, it's an insta-love book and I HATE insta-love books. Sure, it's hidden in a loathing/lust at first sight thing that takes up about half the book, but when they get together they are suddenly in love and it didn't work for me. Especially given the fairly monumental emotional issu...more
It's great that ONE GOOD REASON seems so realistic. It is a realistic, superbly written novel, but I still had serious issues with the characters.
Gabby. You slept with your boss. Ewww. So not p...more
A LASR "BEST BOOK"
This book left me amazed and astounded as to the emotional scope explored between a man damaged by an abusive childhood and a woman strong enough to stand by his side.
At first the story starts off cheeky and I thought it was a shallow battle of the sexes, fun but light. Instead it takes a hard look at the internal scars and the ramifications it has on an adult as he tries to survive the acute trauma from growing up...more
To put it differently, I expected to bawl, and I ended up with tears in my eyes.
I loved the conf...more
Two things kept this book from reaching the 4 star mark that I've given almost all of Sarah Mayberry's books I've read. The first is something that bugged me that perhaps won't bug other readers. Throughout the book Gabby and Ally both get bent out of shape if men offer to do anything for them, even hold a ladder steady for them. It's pointless to be so militant about someone offering to change your tire or make sure you're safe walking to a car in a bad neighborhood after dark. Espec...more
It’s to Sarah Mayberry’s credit that even when her books haven’t been to my taste, I still appreciate her craftsmanship and enjoy some—if not all—aspects of the story. All the characters in this story and their way of speaking with each other ring true—including all instances in which ‘mate’ is used, I’m relieved to say. Gabby is charming and complex, and Mayberry isn’t precious about Tyler (who featured in The Last Goodbye), who is almost always seen f...more
Gabby Wade is a petite, feisty woman who works in an office of all men. She's not much for dressing up, preferring casual wear for her job as office manager of T. A. Furnitur...more
Of all of Harlequin lines, Superromance is hands down my favorite one (closely followed by Medical Romance). These books can be a bit misleading, just based on the cover and the blurb one might expect a light romance, but what you get is so much more than that. The stories deal with serious topics and more than once I find myself crying. One Good Reason delivers all of that and more. If you are not familiar with Sarah Mayberry don’t waste more time a...more
I really don't like contemp novels where the couple bickers...more
Jon comes to town temporarily, but decides to stay a while and work i...more
Jon Adamson is back, battling his drinking addiction and a demon that his brother just recently started to conquer: their father, a physically and mentally abusive man, that left both brothers scarred. Will he be able to overcome...more
Gabby Wade works for her ex-boyfriend Tyler, who is now crazy in love with his wife, Ally. Gabby meets his brother Jon after Tyler hires him on to work for his company making furniture. Gabby and Jon do not like each other after their firs...more
1. Slow start. I read it on my Kindle, and didn't really become engrossed until about 40%. At that point I was hooked and had to finish, but before that I was thinking... this is not living up to the first or even my usual enjoyment of a Mayberry book. There was just too much of trying to show Gabby's whole last seven years to really sink into th...more
The love story between Jon and Gabby was cute and sw...more