TALK OF THE TOWN by Beth Andrews
Talk of the Town by Beth Andrews
In Shady Grove, Book 1
Harlequin Super Romance
Reviewed by Vanessa
Maddie Montesano would have done anything to hold on to Neil Pettit. However, when her plan failed and Neil bailed, she was left to grow up quickly. Her plans changed, but she stepped up to the plate and persevered. Now Neil is back and he wants more than he has ever asked for before. Will Maddie be able to push her animosity aside and learn to trust this hot NHL player, or will she close the door on that second chance?
Neil Pettit had dreams and ambitions of his own. Yet, settling down wasn’t one of them. He wanted a less responsible role with Maddie, and the feelings she engineered within him scared him into seeking his own dreams…on his own. However, now that he is ready for what she offered all those years before, can he convince her that he is a changed man?
Talk of the Town is a second chance at love book that will get your blood flowing and your mouth moving. I found myself hating Neil from the beginning. It was hard to get a true bead on him in Talk of the Town.
We were told in Talk of the Town that Neil took care of things, yet, I didn’t really see him doing that. It felt like Neil’s taking care of things was to toss money at it, hoping that would fix any and all problems. He came in with his ideas and felt that he was right in his perceptions in Talk of the Town. Neil seemed to be the type of person who would cut off his own nose to spite his face. Neil is constantly projecting on other people and never seems to own up to things in Talk of the Town.
Neil gets to excuse his childhood for a lot of his actions and perhaps it played into other characters behavior too, but Neil never considers what his actions hold for the future in Talk of the Town. Because I was relegated with so much of Neil’s bad behavior, when he finally seemed to change a little it wasn’t enough. Of course, it didn’t help that he was right back to square one in the end of Talk of the Town either!
Maddie was wrong in what she had done years ago, but she stepped up in Talk of the Town. She paid for her choices, but she deserved a better Hero in Talk of the Town, or Neil needed to have a better attitude in the story. Yet, by Neil’s own admission he was wise to Maddie and her ways and still he carried around a lot of animosity towards her as well.
I never felt the love between Neil and Maddie in Talk of the Town. I wanted there to be some love, but even in the end, I didn’t see the grand gesture on Neil’s behalf. Oh, he did his version of it, but it wasn’t enough considering his constant “payback” mentality in Talk of the Town.