Title: LoveLines (The Wilmington Saga, #1)
Author: S. Walden
Published: March 25th 2014
Date Read: April 6th 2014
Rating:: 5 stars
Arrive at work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.
And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.
Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.
Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.
But Reece isn’t like all the others.
I have heard and read lots of recommendation for S. Walden’s previous novels and I don’t know why Love Lines – the newest from her – is the one that has gotten my attention. Maybe it was the unique premise of the story or the unique description of the lead character – but whatever it might be, one thing I did realize as I finished reading this is that – I should be reading more from this author!
First things first, I don’t want to sound overly confident but I know from reading the first five chapters of this book that this was a definite 5 star. I was easily driven into the world that S. Walden created and its not every time that such thing happen especially on the genre that this book belonged too.
“And I don’t want to do it, but the idea of not counting, not arranging, not tic-ing sends my heart reeling with anxiety.”
Bailey suffers from OCD. Yes, you might think OCD is one of those light mental disability like “OMG, I, like, have to eat all the yellow M&Ms first out of the bag. I’m so OCD.” its not like that. Bailey suffers a very difficult and unbearable illness that never gave her the chance to leer from her routines from simply lining up her pens in certain order, walking into her office room at a specific time and even walking certain number of steps going to her office table.
From the beginning, we saw how she suffer from this but we also see aside of her from the first hand her willingness to conquer it. I totally loved her. She was flawed and she knows it and owned it. She was a really well rounded character that is so much easy to like and relate too.
I love her relationship with her father, it such a shame that she’s not that close to her mother and sister but I come to realized that since her father suffer the same illness as hers, they find solace with one another. They understood each other’s struggles.
Thirty-one rocks. Thirty-one disastrous relationships. Thirty-one years lonely.
Her disorder also affected her dating life. Finding someone that can understand what she’s going through can be a tough job until she met Reece – not Reese the chocolate. (lol kidding)
Reece totally made my heart flutter. He’s understanding, sweet, giving and totally adorbs!
“Bailey, if you think I want to fix you, you’re dead wrong. I don’t even want to help you manage this thing you’ve got going on. I’m only doing it because I know it’s the right thing to do, but I’d rather you go tic-ing all over my heart and brain.”
Sweety right? Reece is more than just an office guy that wanted to save a struggling girl. He has his own story. He wanted someone to “adopt him”, to accept him and love him for who he is after the not so good years of being transferred from home to home – the perks of being a foster kid. Reece doesn’t want Bailey to be fixed or changed; he simply wanted to help her conquer something to at least help her control over her own life. He’s a very good dose of medicine or therapy for Bailey.
Bailey and Reece together are just too cute! I know cute as supposed to be used to describe couples mostly from the young adult genre but hey despite these two being not so teeny anymore their first encounter and every conversation they have was just too cute and it just get more cuter and hotter as the story progress. They are endearing and sweet and just beautiful together. They are both so vulnerable and seeing them open up to one another is scary at the same time exciting.
S. Walden’s writing was effortless. As I have mentioned, I easily delved into the world and surroundings of Bailey and Reece. Finding myself truly invested to the whole story didn’t even surprise me.
Love Lines was a freaking good must read book! It may not have the angst and tension and mystery and most readers crave and it may come off as another ordinary contemporary romance for others but one thing is for sure, just like what happened to me, you will be left feeling utterly satisfied from all the laughter, swooning & ugly cites that this book will give you.
It was an awesome introduction to me for S. Walden’s writing. I’m excited to read the next books to this series as well as the other works from her.