Lovesick Braves (Crooked Rock, #2)

by Pamela Sanderson

4.5 stars, actually.

I have to admit, I am kind of in love with all the main characters of Sanderson’s Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center series. And this contemporary romance series is really its own flavor. All of the characters feel so real to me in the ways they are reluctant to talk about their feelings, in their focus on work and getting by, and especially in the ways they risk loving each other.

This is the second in the series, but you wouldn’t need to read the first book to appreciate this one, although you would miss that little thrill when Rayanne and Henry have guest appearances.  (here’s my review of the first one: Heartbeat Braves)

This story continues both threads from the first book of the ongoing struggle for Crooked Rock to find a home as well as the understated beta romance between the head of the center and a board member.

But really it focuses on Theo and Esther. And Theo is another romantic hero (like Henry from the first book) who isn’t your typical Alpha. Oh don’t get me wrong, he’s big and burly and works as a bouncer in a bar, but he’s also trying to complete a degree at the same time as working like three different jobs.

He doesn’t have time for a romance.

But then there’s Esther, and the two of them find a kind of home in each other as they work together on making a film about Crooked Rock.

Half a star got lost because at some points in the story there’s a kind of vagueness to the point of view character’s perception of the action that threw me occasionally, but really its a sweet, very interesting, realistic portrayal of the way modern love sometimes unfolds.