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Review: If I Say Yes by Brandy Jellum

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Synopsis: Elizabeth Lewis was the child of Hollywood’s darling couple, until her father murdered her mother.

Six years later, she has traded her flashy, luxurious lifestyle for one of safe anonymity as a literary agent. With a different name and appearance, Liza Winter is living the life of her dreams—one where she’s known for who she is instead of what her father did. Except her apartment should be condemned, her car only starts when it wants, she hates the romance genre she has been assigned, and the CEO’s deliciously attractive nephew is out to ruin her carefully laid plans.

Reid Harder has never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome. When his new position in the romance department comes with a benefit his uncle didn’t mention, he decides to wage a war against the intelligent, beautiful Liza to destroy every argument she has for turning him down. Still, the closer he gets to winning the prize, the more he realizes that the woman is keeping secrets that may endanger not just her life but his.

Will Liza overcome her mistrust of Reid to reveal her secrets before he learns the truth and walks away? Or will a grudge-wielding apparition from her past make her the next deadly Hollywood headline?

Review: If I Say Yes by Brandy Jellum is an interesting mix of Romance and Suspense that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. Generally, I don't gravitate toward Romantic Suspense stories, but I did enjoy this one! It does keep you on your toes.

Elizabeth Lewis is a broken woman dealing with a dark and tragic past while trying to juggle a normal life in the world. It was easy to feel sympathetic for Liza. Her childhood is probably one of the most traumatic things someone could go through. From the beginning of the book she's reserved and closed off from men and anyone from the past, with the exception of Eli. Her reserve towards Harder is believable but it was still fun to watch her walls slowly come down as she fell in love.

I did have a hard time getting into Reid's character. He was sort of a blank canvas for me. I wanted to like him (not that I didn't like him), but I just didn't feel drawn to him. At times, I thought he was too sweet. It wasn't until the end that I got a clearer picture of Reid and his troubled past with his family. For me, that's when his character felt more fleshed out.

My favorite thing about this story is the twists and misleading clues that the author gives you throughout the book. It keeps you guessing and re-evaluating the motives of everyone. I don't want to give too much away, but I do wish Ms. Jellum would've done a little more with Viola and some of the other characters. I think it would've added to the suspense and just amped it up a little more.

Overall, I think If I Say Yes is a nice balance of Romance and Suspense. I look forward to reading the next installment and I do hope we see a little more from Reid's POV.

My thanks goes out to the author for giving me the chance to review book 1 in the Say Something Series.

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Rating: 4/5 Stars
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