Book Review ✭ Who I Am with You (Unexpected Heroes #1.5) by Melody Anne
Title: Who I Am with You
Author: Melody Anne
Series: Unexpected Heroes, #1.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance *Novella
Published date: April 27, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
My rating: 2.5 Kisses
A spinoff of Melody Anne’s New York Times bestselling Billionaire Bachelors series, this entrancing e-novella features motocross racer Taylor Winchester and little sister to Hawk, the hero of “Safe in His Arms” from the romance anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
As a motocross rider, Taylor Winchester has made a career out of throwing herself headfirst into danger, as fiercely as any of the guys racing against her. But after a brutal crash, she takes a little forced R&R while her injuries heal. Her mom wishes she’d settle down, find love, maybe have a baby or two…but all Taylor wants is to get back on her bike.
She heads to her brother Hawk’s cabin to get a little peace and quiet—but is shocked to discover she’s not the only inhabitant. Ex-military man Travis, her high school crush, has also borrowed the cabin, and the two of them are each too stubborn to let the other one win. Nothing left to do but share the cabin…which quickly leads to sharing a bed! As Taylor and Travis discover that the heat between them is far more than a fling, they both struggle with letting go of control. But if they learn to give a little, what they could win is worth more than any prize…
In a small town in Montana, Taylor is in recovery after a cycling injury that could’ve not only ended her motocross career, but possibly even her life as a fully functioning human being. Needing to get out from under the smothering blanket that her family has covered her in, Taylor heads up to her brother’s cabin for some R&R and alone time. Unfortunately, as it turns out, the cabin is already inhabited by her brother’s best friend and her ex crush, Travis.
The last time they really interacted was a night that left Taylor satiated and in love. unfortunately for her, that feeling was one-sided. Now that they’ve reunited once again, Taylor can’t stop the memory of that night from crashing down on her and flooding her with the pain and rejection she was doused in.
Not wanting to go back to her parent’s home to be babied, Taylor chooses to share the cabin with Travis and deal with their past.
Being a novella, this romance is bound to be fast paced and to the point. However, I felt like it was all a bit too rushed. I found it difficult to really get that connection from either of the characters. Taylor is in her early twenties, yet there were several moments where she came off as childish and immature. I understand the need to branch out and challenge her family’s constant coddling, but instead of handling it like an adult she acted like a rebellious teen.
Taylor and Travis’ relationship came on a little forced for me as the reader. Perhaps I can chalk it up to not reading the first book in this series, perhaps not.
I’m sure if you’ve read Her Unexpected Hero prior to this one, you might have a better reading experience during this quick, second-chance romance. For me though, this book was just “eh”.
The end takes us into a private discussion in which a group of parents band together to match-make their remaining children. That POV change, I must admit, came out of left field for me and shook up the moment (and not in a good way). This scheme of theirs sets up the plot for the next book in the series, Her Hometown Hero, releasing June 30th.
❤︎Alyssa & Jackson❤︎
❤︎Hawk & Natalie❤︎