Single dad romances are becoming one of my favorites, so I was excited to request Saving Shelby Summers for review. According to the blurb it should be a great read and one of my favorites, sadly it’s not a book I feel comfortable recommending. ~ DiDi, Guilty Pleasures
Australian Shelby Summers struggles with traumas from her past. She’s rescued from death by a mysterious stranger, but is her luck about to change or will the past prevent her from living a life filled with love?
Widower Nathan Monroe hopes to get a fresh start for himself and his young daughter when he leaves his rural veterinary practice and moves to the city. Dealing with the challenges of a new job, a new home, and a traumatized four-year-old are more than he can handle alone.
Maybe a dramatic meeting will be just the catalyst each needs to heal from the scars of the past and work together to build a new life.
Single dad romances are becoming one of my favorites, so I was excited to request Saving Shelby Summers for review. According to the blurb it should be a great read and one of my favorites, sadly, it’s not a book I feel comfortable recommending.
I wanted to connect with Shelby and Nathan, but I just couldn’t. Both have had traumatic experiences and I wanted to feel for them, however Shelby came off a tad immature for her age and she was so down on herself that I felt like she was the equivalent to a human Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh). Nathan, oh man, he just came off as cold, I wasn’t even sure how much he loved his daughter and by the end of the book, I was convinced he only “loved” Shelby because he needed a mother figure for Caity.
I think a huge part of the reason I didn’t connect is that during most of the book I felt like the author was telling me what happened, I didn’t get to read it. For example, when Shelby finally tells Nathan about her past, we are told about the conversation but didn’t “witness” it. There is also no intimacy displayed between Shelby and Nathan, I’m not saying I didn’t like it because there were no sex scenes, it’s just that I never felt a real connection between the two.
Based on other reviews I’m in the minority, but Saving Shelby Summers just didn’t do it for me.