Title: Ready or Not (Soho Loft #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Melissa Brayden (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: November 10, 2015 – 240 pgs
Sometimes wrong is extra right.
Mallory Spencer is in charge. As the face of Soho Savvy, the advertising firm she owns with her three best friends, it’s important that she’s poised, polished, and put together. However, as she watches her friends couple up and settle down, she wonders about her own happily ever after. One thing’s for sure. It’s not going to happen with that blue-eyed bartender from Showplace. It’s irritatingly clear they couldn’t be more wrong for each other…or have more chemistry.
Hope Sanders wants nothing more than to keep her head down and craft a better life for herself running everyone’s favorite nightspot. That means ignoring the groupies that flock to the bar to stare at her all night. However, an uptight brunette has snagged Hope’s attention and she knows a challenge when she sees it.
A Soho Loft Romance
I have continually been pleased with the stories written by Melissa Brayden. There have been a few that I’ve been reluctant to pick up, due to the descriptions (blurbs) of the story. In each case, I have been gently, but inexorably, shown the error of my preconceptions and trepidations by the author. In short, I am a fan, and an avid reader of Brayden’s work. This book upheld the reasons why. This is the last book in this series, and I find myself a bit saddened by the knowledge that it’s over, while consoling myself that I will eventually reread all of them anyway. Although the final episode in the story arc of these four friends, it can be read as a stand-alone, but really, why would you want to?
Brayden’s writing is once again wonderful. Easy to read, the book draws you into the lives of the characters, making you like and care for each one. I love it when an author takes two people who don’t seem to fit together, and shows you that when you strip away some of the cosmetic differences, the two seem to simply lock into place together. One’s strengths, or personality quirks, complement the others. This book does that, taking a high-society paragon and a self-made woman who pulled herself out of her unfortunate upbringing and throwing them together. The chemistry between the two is what initially brings them together, but they’re able to move past that, and see that beneath the physical attraction, they like who the other person is.
Of course, real life has to intrude, throwing up obstacles that threaten to crush the budding relationship, including preconceptions and insecurities that each person has to find a way to push past. That’s what makes a story good. The thing about Brayden is that she’s able to do this in a way that seems organic to the story, instead of simply the obligatory crisis and resolution that is a part of every good, and bad, romance. In the end, you cheer for your main characters, and you close the book feeling good. That makes it an excellent read for me.
Having never read the previous books in this series it took me a wee while to get into this one. Nevertheless I quickly got invested in the characters and found myself racing through it in a few hours.
The main theme of the irresistible attraction between Park Lane princess, Mallory , and down-to-earth bar owner Hope had me hooked. Rather uptight Mallory resisted the attraction but the inevitability of it all was told in a brilliantly suspenseful way. The change in Mallory was very satisfying . I loved the character of Hope as she was independent, resourceful and caring and was perfect for Mallory, if only she could see it. The steamy scenes were smoking hot! That alone should have been enough to convince her.
The supporting characters in this
story , Mallory’s friends and business partners, as well as various family members made the novel all the more
Interesting . They all had vital parts to play and were well written and believable. I loved the dynamic between the four female friends especially.
Now I’ve read Ready or Not I am desperate to go back and read the whole series. I think Melissa Brayden is going to become a favourite of mine!
Melissa Brayden is the multi-award winning author of seven lesbian romance novels and is currently hard at work on her eighth. She is a wine enthusiast, a fan of all donuts, and is probably staring off into space as you’re reading this.