When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander (review)

whenlovearrives_alexander_revellAfter reading Where She Belongs (read my review here) I was intrigued to read the redemption story of Brett Somers.  He was pretty unlikeable in the first of the Misty Willow novels, but I was interested to see how his story would pan out.  And it panned out in unexpected ways.

Somehow he needed to control his lust, but he’d spent too many years giving it free rein.  No woman he pursued ever refused him.  In fact, most, like Tracie, had made the first move.  All he did was wait.  It was part of The Game. (p.229)

Take a moral degenerate looking to reform, a rudderless young woman who is attempting to stalk him, have them meet and begin dating.  What comes out of this, from Johnnie Alexander, is a story that holds the readers attention.  Prior characters are woven through the story, and the next book is set up well without giving anything away.

What had happened to the days when he controlled his life?  When he decided the beginning and ending of a relationship?  When money seemed to solve any problem? (p.35)

I was not necessarily convinced by the love or the pairing, but enjoyed the writing and watching the story unfold.  Dani Prescott, as the would-be stalker turned love interest, came across as quite immature and an unlikely love interest for Brett.  Brett, in turn, though doing a bit of a “pretty woman” transformation on Dani, didn’t seem all that convinced himself for most of the story.

He couldn’t pull her into his world until it was a tidier place.  Only God knew how log that would take.

Only God knew.

The thought startled him.  This time, for the first time, it wasn’t a meaningless phrase but almost a prayer. (p.218)

If you enjoy a reforming rake storyline in a contemporary setting, with an unexpected but adorable subplot, then this is a great choice.  While I still don’t care for Brett’s sister Amy, I do want to read her story.  Somehow, the author manages to make me want to read the stories of characters I don’t like.  Not an easy feat.

From the Publisher:

Dani had planned to spy on Brett–so how did she end up on a date with him?

Dani Prescott can’t believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani’s mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother’s reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something–but he’s got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

When Love Arrives (Misty Willow, #2) by Johnnie Alexander | Revell, September 2016 | paperback, 368 pages

I voluntarily received a finished copy for review through the Revell Reads blogger program.  All opinions expressed are my own.