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Aug 08

ARC Review – While You Were Writing (Watkins Pond #2) by Virginia Nelson

Ms. Nelson has a flair of writing characters that just come alive on the page and make you feel like you are living their lives. The back-and-forth, the banter between Radcliffe and Sheri is so realistic that you feel like you are eavesdropping on their conversation. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures

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Only one way to tame Crankenstein’s monster. Heart-to-heart combat.

Bestselling author and infamous town hermit Radcliffe McQueen knows what he likes, what he doesn’t, and refuses to pretend social niceties. Particularly with a red-hot mess of a woman who’s taken it upon herself to smooth his rough edges.

She thinks she can change him? Bring it. He’s more than willing to teach her the wisdom of doing things his way. Besides, it’ll distract him from the horror of facing a blank page.

Stodgy. Stubborn. Sanctimonious. Sheri Riddle can think of a long list of adjectives to describe her newest project. An artist by trade, a personality renovator by calling, she’s sure she can transform the blockheaded author into a reasonably personable human being.

Yet as they lock horns, each scrapes away layers of the other until something happens that’s quite outside of Sheri’s plans. Something that’ll take more than one taste of passion to satisfy…

Warning: Contains a temperamental author, a moody artist, a sexy assistant and a hoarder house. Did we mention rabid squirrels? Yeah, one of those too.

Review copy provided for an honest review

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Well, the humor is back as we venture to Watkins Pond again. This time, instead of a Runaway atruegemawardGroom, we are dealing with a cantankerous, surly author and a temperamental artist. We couldn’t have asked for a better match.

The story starts off with Radcliffe McQueen in a supermarket shoplifting everything except the loaf of bread in his basket. He’s being spied on by Sheri Riddle who is absolutely enjoying the experience. Her goal is to take Mr. McQueen on as her project …. Make him into a decent human being, give him a personality other than “grumpy”. She can’t believe that the man that she googled is the same man in front of her now. So, let the fun begin.

Sheri’s Game Plan: First – move in with him. Second – find out what makes him tick. Third – get him to change his ways. Fourth – follow his conditions. Fifth – follow his rules. Sixth – break all the conditions and rules. Seventh – get rid of the assistant. Eighth – fall in love with the petulant, crusty man.

Radcliffe’s Game Plan: First – laugh in her face. Second – set conditions. Third – set rules. Fourth – figure out what she is up to. Fifth – Google her. Sixth – push her out of her comfort zone. Seventh – hire an assistant that gets under both of their skins. Eighth – give in, seduce her, fall in love with her, make her his wife.

Yea, I had fun with “While You Were Writing”. It was so neat watching both of these wonderful characters come to life, look at themselves, see that what the other one was saying was exactly right. Ms. Nelson has a flair of writing characters that just come alive on the page and make you feel like you are living their lives. The back-and-forth, the banter between the two of them is so realistic that you feel like you are eavesdropping on their conversation. And, she takes the saying “Grumpy Old Man” to a new level with Radcliffe McQueen. He was caustic and surly but funny as all hell when he went on his rants. And, Sheri … well, she could dish it out as good as Radcliffe which made me admire her more and more as the story went on. So, yea, I’m glad that I took the trip back to Watkins Pond. Believe me, it was a lot different than Runaway Groom and I would have loved more of the crazy people of Watkins Pond to have shown up, but, I am looking forward to going back in the future.

5silver-stars

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1 comment

  1. Timitra

    Thanks for the review Kitty

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