Review: A Good Time by Shannyn Schroeder

Title: A Good Time by Shannyn Schroeder
The O’Leary’s Book Two
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 99,258 Words
Book Rating: B

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A passionate free spirit and a sweet-talking playboy sound like a match made in heaven–until life gets in the way of all the fun and games. . .

Indy Adams values her freedom above all else. She works hard to support herself, moonlighting as a waitress while she fights for her first big sale in the Chicago real estate market. The last thing she needs is to be tied down, so she doesn’t think twice about declining her philandering boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Besides, she just landed a new client, a wealthy lothario–exactly the kind of guy who would understand her no-strings approach. . .

Handsome, rich, and charitable, most women jump at the chance to even talk to video game developer Griffin Walker, let alone date him. So he can’t understand why Indy wants nothing more than a few steamy nights together. Despite his romantic track record, Griffin longs for real love–complete with a home and family–and he wants it with Indy. But a blessing in disguise may lead them both to a life they never expected, and give Griffin a chance to show Indy that it’s okay to want more than a good time. . .

99,258 Words

The Review:

In A Good Time, Shannyn Schroeder’s second novel in The O’Leary’s series, neither Indy Adams nor Griffin Walker are looking for a serious relationship. Indy is a fly by the seat of her pants type of woman who does not want any commitments or responsibilities to tie her down. Walker is convinced he is not marriage material, and he is in complete agreement with Indy’s suggestion to have a casual no strings fling.

Indy is fiercely independent and she does not want to depend on anyone but herself. Indy is hard working and she is currently working two jobs trying to make ends meet. She keeps her romantic entanglements free of emotion and when the fun ends, so does the relationship. She is attracted to Griffin, but she does not get socially involved with her clients.

In a refreshing change of pace, Griffin is the one who wants more from their relationship than Indy. Her fear of commitment is a source of frustration for him as he tries to take their relationship in a more serious direction. Instead of tackling their problems head on, Indy runs away time and again. She has a difficult time accepting help when she needs it and Griffin is sometimes guilty of manipulating her to get what he wants.

Griffin and Indy are flawed but sympathetic and likable characters. They are so intent on protecting themselves from hurt they are slow to recognize that they are falling in love. Their separations are essential to their growth as characters and they need the emotional distance from one another to deal with their respective pasts. Love does not come easily to this couple, but it is certainly worth the wait.

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