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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: All the Right Reasons by Sandy James

Title: All the Right Reasons
Author: Sandy James
Series: Damaged Heroes #3
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 9th, 2017
Length: Novel (312 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free via Author
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

All the Right Reasons is book three in the Damaged Heroes series. I've read the other two books in this series so far and love that this one had a diverse main character. I'm all for diversity in books, as long as they're not cliche. While this did have some of those cliche scenes of the family, the main character Joy was well done and I really enjoyed her story.

Joy Kovacs works at her family's restaurant but longs to chase her dreams and be an artist. She's at a horse race selling her artwork when she meets Lucas Mitchell and his adorable niece. He commissions a piece for his sister's birthday present and during that time they get to know one another. There's an attraction apparent from the start and I was glad to see them taking it a bit slow. Lucas is dealing with PTSD from his tour in Iraq and really struggling. And while Joy knows Lucas is the right person for her, she's having to deal with the man her father is convinced she should marry (think arranged marriage) and her tight knit family not wanting her to date outside her race. It's an interesting combo, though I have to admit that Joy's family grated on my nerves at times. I was rooting for their relationship throughout the story and was so glad that Joy became friends with Lucas's sister as well as Katie (the main character in book one). It balanced the emotional support since her family wasn't backing her decision.


All the Right Reasons is a lovely diverse contemporary romance. The main characters in this one really impressed me. Lucas is such a sweetheart, he's dealing with PTSD and Joy is so patient with him. I feel like a lot of people would expect him to tell his stories of when he was in Iraq or why he has scars and doesn't want to show them, but she lets him go at his own pace. It really felt like there was a good balance between them. Joy's family aspect on the other hand drove me a bit batty but I'm glad that wasn't the entire book. All in all, if you enjoy diverse Contemporary Romances I think you'd love this book.


22 comments:

  1. They sounds like a good couple. Perfect

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    1. I liked the main characters a lot :)

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  2. Why not it sounds nice. I didn't know about this one

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  3. So, the family seemed cliched to you? Good to know.

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    1. The leading lady's family did but the leading lady herself didn't which I thought was interesting lol

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  4. This sounds lovely. Thanks for putting this on my radar.

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  5. Fantastic review, Melissa. Sounds great. I'm not familiar with the author but I'll check out this book and her other books. :)

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    1. Oooh I love her books, you should try one :D

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  6. Oo I had not seen she had a new release. Good to know!

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    1. I'm pretty sure these are rereleases, if I remember right she got her rights back on these :) This one was my favorite from the bunch so far though!

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  7. Great review. I love a heroine that has patience and isn't pushy thinking they're 'helping' someone deal with something they may not be quite ready to. It's too bad the family felt clichéd.

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    1. I feel like most people would have been pushy in that situation so I was very glad she wasn't!! :)

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