Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: Why the River Runs

Title: Why the River Runs
Author: JoAnna Grace
Publisher: Y&R Publishing
Pages: 431
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Romance
My Rating: 3.5 cups


Some call this river a taker of souls, a reaper. Sanguine is the Spanish word for blood and God knows plenty has been spilled in its murky depths. As Tina floats on her back, she couldn’t help but feel its more of an artery, giving life to its limbs.
Not everyone would agree.

Tough as nails, Tina Foster, doesn’t have time for a relationship. She’s far too busy running her family construction company. Tina’s take charge attitude may intimidate some, but to others, she’s a rock, a woman with a plan. Taming a heart this strong will take a man up for a challenge, and so far, there haven’t been too many contenders worthy of her time.

Bo Galloway is returning to Riverview after a rough few years. He’s home to take care of his grandmother and prays for a chance at redemption and a fresh start. Untrusting of most women, he doesn’t know what to think of his new boss. He definitely didn’t expect to admire Tina Foster. Bo’s only shot at getting Tina to notice him is to be as strong as she is.

Just like the waters of the Sanguine, Bo and Tina must find their flow. Will the waters sweep away their only chance at true love, or nourish a relationship as steady as the river itself?

My Thoughts:

Returning to his childhood home of Riverview after being incarcerated for 4 years, Bo Allen Galloway struggles to find happiness and a place for himself in the outside world. After suffering a bitter betrayal at the hands of his mother Bo is wary of woman and struggles (briefly) with his overwhelming insta-love for his new boss Tina and her take-no-prisoners (hide the nail-gun) personality.

When Tina assumed the role of foreman of her family’s construction company after an accident leaves her father desk bound she was emotionally burned when her long-term boyfriend, unable to deal with her being his boss, broke her heart.  She goes through her days busily “fixing” everyone and everything, being everyone’s rock while drifting along in a lack-lustre, emotionally distant relationship. Tina has steered clear of a deeper relationship, choosing to guard herself from future pain.

As the story progresses Bo must to prove to Tina that he can deal with her strong and dominant personality in the workplace, while Tina must learn to relax and let Bo take care of her in their private life. Their relationship builds smoothly (with a couple of bumps in the road) despite their insecurities and strong personalities culminating in a satisfying epilogue.

The supporting characters have interesting back stories that will no doubt result in future books to be set in the town of Riverview.  Why the river runs is a light and enjoyable dual POV contemporary romance that flows as smoothly as the Sanguine River (when it isn’t killing off the inhabitants of the town). Overall an engaging weekend read.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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