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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review by Diane ♥ OSCAR by SJ McCoy ♥

A Review by Diane

SJ McCoy

Four "instant chemistry in an elevator" Stars!
Where do lives go when two worlds collide and two people from very different walks of life end up meeting?  Where rich meets the unsure; where stubborn meets the confident and the future meets the past?  SJ McCoy has written an intriguing story in the new book Oscar about two people from very different walks of life that find it possible for both to walk a new path together. 

Our main characters, Oscar Davenport and Grace Evans meet in an elevator (what is it about those elevators??) before we really know anything about them and they have instant, hot and sexually arousing chemistry.  I mean “is it possible to find a hotel room right now” instant chemistry that ropes you into the story before you even know anything about them.  
Oscar Davenport is a charismatic, billionaire playboy but he also had a kind of cocky charming side to his personality.  It’s probably due to the fact that he always gets what he wants.  You know, that irritating cad who has been successful in everything he touches from hedge funds to tech companies and now a nightclub named Six, his normal Saturday night hangout.  He has the usual number of strikingly beautiful women throwing themselves at him and all he has to do is pick the “flavor of the night.”  But something didn’t jive with Oscar from my perspective.  This man has a great family, loving siblings, a good education, and he was raised by great parents, so those things don’t mesh with the lifestyle he has chosen.  I think Oscar is on a quest to find meaning in his life.  Something that gives purpose to his all too boring, “things come easy to him” life.   He just doesn’t know it yet.

And then Grace Evans crosses his path.  Now here’s a girl who’s had a rough life.  But you’ve heard the old adage “what doesn’t end up killing us, only makes us stronger”?  Well that’s how I picture Grace in this story.  She’s had to pull herself up by her bootstraps more times than she can count, and each time she gets more and more stubborn, always fighting for survival.   She knows all about survival having survived the foster care system.  And in an effort to help those still bound by a system, she started a community center for latchkey kids, vets who need a place to gather, and young moms who need a place to find help.  But now it’s all going to go away because of Oscar Davenport.  He and his money need something to do, so he’s bought the lot that the community center sits on to build another nightclub.  But our sweet Grace is not going to take this turn of events without a fight and Oscar Davenport is the one she will declare war on if she has too.  

So let’s talk about their story.  The premise was predictable, but likable and really, oh so sweet.   Not a lot of angst which was kind of a nice break from the “boy loses girl” premise.  Sometimes you just need to stick around and work things out and I was happy to see that these two did.  Oscar was your usual billionaire playboy but very likable as the story progressed.  I liked Grace but her insecurities got on my nerves a bit.  When she and Oscar finally got together, I did have difficulty with her constant second guessing about Oscar, almost right up to the end.  I get that this girl had struggles, but hey, when someone finally indicates marriage is in their future, get with the program girlfriend!!!!

The main characters were well developed and had quite a bit of depth to them.  The secondary characters were enjoyable and fun to read and I can see a couple of stories developing for future books.  Overall, I enjoyed Oscar and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it or give it two thumbs up!! 

7236373Hi, I'm SJ. A coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)

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