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Naturally, Charlie by S.L. Scott

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Summary: Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny
Review: Naturally, Charlie by S.L. Scott is for the most part a very enjoyable read. The romance in the story is really sweet and it develops at a realistic pace, which I liked. Both of the main characters, who are both also named Charlie, are flawed individuals dealing with past hurts and family drama that has left them wary of relationships. I very much enjoyed watching the development of their relationship over time and how they both were patient and understanding of one another and their fears and trust issues.
Although I enjoyed the story overall I did find the dialogue a little bit awkward and the writing to be at times almost a stream of consciousness with the characters inner thoughts being relayed verbatim, which got to be a little grating after awhile. I also liked the alternating POVs and thought this made for an interesting addition to the story. Although for the most part I liked Charlie and Charlie I did not love them, but I really really wanted to though. Boy Charlie was just a little too sweet and understanding his only flaw seemed to be that he was from a rich family, something I found to be a little unrealistic. I was waiting for him to get some more depth and for his portions to have a slightly more masculine tone to them I kept getting the two perspectives confused because his portions were so similar to Girl Charlie’s. Girl Charlie was likable for the most part but at times I felt as if she was a little too “woe is me” at times, which by the end of the book was starting to get just a little bit old.
Despite some flaws I definitely found the story to be enjoyable and I really liked that the author created a very realistic relationship between the two Charlies. This story is a sweet, lighthearted romance that will leave readers smiling long after they finish it.

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