Review: “Lovers Like Us” – Krista & Becca Ritchie

November 10, 2017 Book Review 0

Review: “Lovers Like Us” – Krista & Becca RitchieLovers Like Us Published on: 31st October 2017
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 363
Series: Like Us #2
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public. 

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.

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My Thoughts

Once again the Ritchie sisters have totally taken my breathe away and any chance of me finding actual sensical words to describe just how much I love this book. I read this book within 24 hours of it being released and it was totally worth every second I had spent desperately waiting for it to be released.

I was thinking that I want a love like theirs, the in-your-face, overjoyed kind of love that knocks you backwards- and what the fuck is stopping me?

One thing I have always loved about the romances the Ritchie’s write is that they don’t get stuck in the typical romance story structure of: couple gets together, couple is happy, something dramatic happens, couple breaks up, separate and sad, couple gets back together, couple lives happily ever after. Instead of having couples fighting against each other they keep their characters together and have them stand side by side fighting whatever is against them. There is no drama for drama’s sake and it just makes the romance feel more real and believable.

There are some moments, some small, others big, that I see and feel how much love and pride they carry for the people they protect. For three famous families. For us, and it means more to me than I can ever articulate.

I am a massive fan of Marrow and LOVED the development of their relationship in DLU (in fact this book gave me the BIGGEST book hangover I have ever experienced!). Marrow continued to be awesome in this book, but I think because I had so much love for the intense chemistry they had during the build up to them getting together this book fell into a more “comfy” stage in their romance, so although there were still some totally sexy and steamy scenes it just wasn’t as intense as it had been in the first book.

Farrow glances back. “Enjoy this while it lasts because it won’t last long.” “I always last longer than you,” I retort. Farrow whistles. “The last time I made you come must’ve really fucked with your memory.”

The relationships between each and every one of these characters were, as always, perfectly written. Family, lovers, friends, colleagues every single character has a distinguishable relationship with all of the other characters. It’s massively impressive and in my opinion is the reason why this series and the Addicted series before it works so well. These characters become real for us (they even have real life Twitter accounts!) and it lets us connect with them in a way that I hardly ever connect with characters in other books I’ve read.

“I’d like to say that my body isn’t listening to my brain, but both have bought and made Team Farrow T-shirts against better fucking judgment.”

We get more of the bodyguards in this book and if possible I just fell in love with them even more. Don’t ask me to pick a favourite because I would legitimately cry, they are all favourite for different reasons and anyone who would make me pick just one is mean! I love how they become not just a protector to their clients but such close friends who really know and are proud of the people they protect and they make up so many of the best moments in this book, including the one below…

Donnelly subtly eyes them while facing us too. “Those mugs are bugging Beckett.” I can’t detect Beckett’s annoyance. But not a second later, he realigns the mugs in a neat row.
Maximoff gesticulates from his chest to Sulli, speaking extremely fucking empathetically to his cousin.
I skim him, a smile playing at my lips, and I take a swig of coffee. “He’s about to hug her.” On cue, Maximoff wraps his arms around his cousin, and she squeezes him back.
Akara bounces his ball. “She’ll buy a Sagittarius something for me. Wait for it…” We watch Sulli scan the shelves and then veer to a display of zodiac jewelry. She plucks a silver Sagittarius keychain off a hook.
Spending 24/7 with a person has this effect.

The characters were the shining star in this book and helped to cover any little niggles within the plot. Some parts just felt a little slow for me but it was in these times that the characters really picked up the slack and drove the story. I also felt like I needed a little more focus on Farrow on this book. The last two books have been very focused on Maximoff and his issues/life and Farrow has some pretty intense stuff to deal with this book which I feel like could have gotten a bit more attention and would have shown Maximoff’s ability to support Farrow as Farrow does for him.

His satisfied smile stretches from cheek-to-cheek. Somewhere in some alternate universe, I’m a philosopher writing dissertations on that fucking smile. And its sheer effect on me.

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Final Thoughts

I love the Ritchie sisters and would sign up to read ANYTHING by them no questions asked. This book was well worth the wait and although fell slightly into second book syndrome territory was still a fantastic read and a perfect continuation of the Like Us series. I can’t wait for the next one!

Re-Readability: Over and over and over…

I would recommend this book to fans of: the Addicted Series, the Calloway Sisters series, New Adult Romances, client-bodyguard romance, forbidden romance, alpha male romance, mm romance

 

This book is part of the Like Us series. You can find reviews for other books in this series here:
Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1)

The Like Us series is set in the Addicted/Calloway Sisters universe. You can find reviews for the previous series below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)

Have you read any of this series?

Who’s your favourite bodyguard? Who’s your favourite of the Hale/Colbalt/Meadows second generation?

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