I received this book for free from Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers, #1) by Samantha Chase
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 4th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Romance
Format: ARC, print ARC
Source: Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca
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The Shaughnessy brothers—Aiden in particular—have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. And Aiden has managed pretty well so far. But his father is starting to worry he’s neglected himself. At the age of thirty-four, he is successful and handsome, and he still has no grandchildren!
Aiden’s met plenty of attractive women over the years, but who has the time? It isn’t until he meets Zoe, a designer on one of his jobs, that he starts realizing he wants something more...
Adult contemporary isn’t a genre I normally dive into, but the promise of a hardworking hero and a fierce heroine definitely appealed to me. Made for Us gave me that… but only in the first ten pages. Ultimately, this book ended up turning into an overly dramatic book full of angst.
I mean, both Aiden and Zoe are very respectable individuals–both are very passionate about what they do, and are the type of people not to give up. But were they likable individuals? Not so much. In fact, I could say that Aiden’s a total jackass, starting fights over the most petty things. On the other hand, Zoe was a doormat, chasing after Aiden even if it was clear that he didn’t deserve her.
Both main characters had “tough” pasts that they bonded over while they tried to get each other naked, but really, these pasts didn’t do anything for them in terms of character development. They were, so to say, superfluous.
The main characters lost their chemistry after the initial chapters. When they’re together, they just spend half of their time screaming at each other and crying, and then the rest of the time making up, only for the cycle to repeat again. This probably goes on for about 350 pages.
I might have not been super annoyed by this if this book gave me an awesome plot, but Made for Us didn’t give me anything other than what’s expected from a typical adult contemporary à la cheesy romance movie. It was just bland.
Overall, avid contemporary readers might find themselves enjoying this one, but personally, it just killed a couple of my brain cells.