It Takes Two by Erin Nicholas
Series: Counting On Love Series, Book #2
Author: Erin Nicholas
How do you fall out of love with a man who’s all in?
Isabelle Dixon never should have said yes to that first date, but she couldn’t resist Shane Kelley’s larger-than-life personality. Except now Shane seems determined to make their no-strings fling into something more. If she thought dating Shane was hard work, breaking up is proving to be much harder. Especially since she’s planning on making some major life changes that don’t include staying out all night, Jell-O shots, and a sex toy shop punch card. She needs a restful cabin getaway—alone—to gather her thoughts. And the strength to finally end things for good. Shane has always prided himself on being the good-time guy. Exactly Isabelle’s type…or so he thought. Yet ever since he suggested her moving in, she’s been pulling back. Thing is, Shane does everything with gusto—including falling in love. He’s not about to let her get away that easily. Even if it means chasing her heart down a crazy road to prove that no matter what life throws at them, they make a damned good team.
Warning: Contains a strange road trip with several weird tourist stops, some hot sex in a car wash, and two people who are just crazy enough to be perfect for one another.
Review: It Takes Two is the second book in Erin’s new series Counting On Love. But for those of you who are familiar with her Bradford series, you notice many familiar characters making appearances throughout. I have only been recently introduced to Erin’s works – my first book by her was the first in this series She’s The One. I enjoyed it immensely, and after getting to know the characters I already had my mind set to read this one. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first in the series, but it was still a great read.
During She’s The One, we met both Isabelle and Shane and in this one we still have Shane trying to convince Isabelle to move in with him. Isabelle however is trying to do her best to break things off. We finally discover why she is so intent to do this – despite her feelings for Shane – and it has nothing to do with his ex as hinted at in book one of the series. I don’t like to issue spoilers, and I hope this tidbit won’t ruin the story for anyone, but I find it important to my review of the book. We discover that Isabelle is struggling with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. I really wanted to bring this up, because it lies close to my heart since my sister has been diagnosed with this. It’s the first time I have never seen this confronted in a book before, and it really opens your eyes to what these individuals suffer through – even for those with some knowledge of it. And Erin has really done her research – it was full of informative information, some of which even I was unaware of.
It was also nice to have a book where a couple was already together – and struggling to stay that way. I particularly liked how Shane did have doubts about their ability to remain together against all the odds….I think it gave him a reaction that was very realistic. I also liked how he didn’t expect to do it all – he confronted Isabelle about her denial about her condition. I thought the whole thing was wonderfully handled by the author. Including how Isabelle’s diagnosis didn’t only affect Shane – I thought it was interesting to read how the relationship between Isabelle and her sister, Emma, has changed since the diagnosis. Especially if you read She’s The One, and seen how close Isabelle and Emma are.
This one is bit more intense because of the whole struggle with her diagnosis, but there are some light and fun moments as well. And some hot, sexy ones too! Let’s just say I will never look at carwashes the same way again…LOL As always though, you won’t be lost if you haven’t read the first in the series. Or if you have never read the Bradford series. The book is stand alone, but I think to get the characters fully and understand them it would be best to read them all. This isn’t my favorite of hers, but not one you want to miss either! It’s very well done, knowledgeable, and endearing story that pulls at your heartstrings and it’s well worth a read.