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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Recommended Read

    This book left me amazed and astounded as to the emotional scope explored between a man damaged by an abusive childhood and a woman strong enough to stand by his side.

    At first the story starts off cheeky and I thought it was a shallow battle of the sexes, fun but light. Instead it takes a hard look at the internal scars and the ramifications it has on an adult as he tries to survive the acute trauma from growing up in a household of fear. It's about the special woman who sees beyond the stoic exterior and attempts to heal him with the power of love. That's the simple beauty of this absolutely wonderful story called One Good Reason.

    Ms. Mayberry has crafted a masterpiece. There is not one scene that didn't fit, not one sense that wasn't explored, and the topic was treated with respect, understanding, compassion and hope. At first, like the initial blush of romance, there was the honeymoon stage. But Gabby and Jon are not your typical lovers. They fight like cats and dogs and it's pretty darned funny. But the author feeds little snippets here and there letting a reader know that it's not all fluff and light. There is a darkness, a haunting that is pummeling the hero into an emotional pâté and, typical for a guy, he won't talk about it. Gabby, on the other hand, needs him to face it, shine a light on it and talk it out. But Jon won't let her in. And there's the hook. He's in pain and his pain is her pain but is the heroine strong enough to see it through? To do what it takes to heal him or make him want that healing?

    Readers are in for an intense drama filled with all the things that make a relationship worth fighting for. Just like life, there are highs, lows, laughter and tears. There's fear, anger and hope and delight. And what would a romance be without a healthy dose of lust? Jon and Gabby are dynamite. Literally.
    Ms. Mayberry wrote one of the sexiest and volatile scenes I've read in a while. Everything that led up to it was a tease, a seduction and when push came to shove, it was a no holds barred, anything goes moment filled with such intense passion, it knocked my socks off. It was only the first of many scenes during the course of the book that were simply genius. It was because of how they affected me, made me think and made me react that makes this story stand out.

    Another thing I found amazing were the secondary characters, specifically Jon's brother Tyler and his wife Ally. They were a credit to the story and to the hero and heroine. Their inclusion didn't undermine or soften the importance of Jon and Gabby, but strengthened them, made them more real and more personable. It was like visiting a bona fide family - with problems. I can tell the author connected to her characters because she took such care to craft them to be as perfect as they could be. I loved the dialogue, the interactions between them and the moment of catharsis towards the end. It was beautiful, poignant, heart wrenching and influential because Jon and Gabby weren't an island, they were part of a family. It was that team effort that made this story so powerful and it worked for me.

    Read the full review at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    This is a deep family drama with a strong romantic subplot

    Almost a year ago after his abusive father died, Jon Adamson arrived in Melbourne from Canada to settle the estate and spend time with his brother Tyler (see The Last Goodbye). However, he remains aloof from his sibling as he "renovates" their dad's home. Tyler and his wife Ally force Jon to move past his demons though the latter has no plans to remain in the area beyond settling their dad's estate. However, he is also attracted to his sibling's office manager Gabby Wade, who was Tyler's former girlfriend.

    Gabby reciprocates Jon's feelings, but is reluctant to do anything outside the office with another Adamson who unintentionally broke her heart. However, neither can resist the other as they fall in love, but she fears another broken heart when he leaves.

    This is a deep family drama with a strong romantic subplot. Jon is a wounded warrior as he wants to flee back to Canada and alcohol, but his family and Gabby will not let him even with her trepidations of having her heart busted up again. This is a terrific Australian romance.

    Harriet Klausner

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