Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Review - Jesses Brother © Wendy Ely

Title: Jesse’s Brother

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Main Character: Samantha & Jesse & Noah

One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them.

Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what’s troubling her father isn’t so bad...right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland.

As if family drama wasn’t bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Samantha is torn between the way her heart skips a beat each time Noah looks at her, and the way Jesse’s touch make her yearn for more.

Content Warning: This title contains sex, family drama and a tough choice


Noah stabbed the pitchfork into the hay, trying to get a head start on tomorrow's chores and Samantha out of his thoughts.

He always returned to his trailer once the sun went down. He'd had the same routine every night for the last year: work until dark, then home for dinner and a shower. Blue and a good book made great company as far as he was concerned.

Martin didn't care when Noah ended work for the day as long as he met the day's goals and took care of the animals. Any night of the week, he could have hung around town meeting new people and scored a date or two. There was even talk about a few of the local women being interested in him. He, for sure, noticed the attention, sometimes even heard the whispers amongst the women as he walked by. Most men liked having their egos stroked, but it actually did the opposite for him. As a result, he stayed away from town as much as possible. It gave him an incentive to follow the same routine he'd stuck to for the past three hundred sixty-five nights.

Not tonight, however. Tonight he had met Samantha Johns, and needed to work off the impact she had made on him.

When he'd just finished feeding the animals earlier, he'd spotted her sitting up against the fence. Her tears had done him in when she raised her pretty blonde head to reveal the sadness in her beautiful blue eyes. She'd tried to push the tears away before he spotted them but it had been too late. Her tear-streaked face had been a spear to his heart. He wasn't sure why, but he had to help rid her of the pain she'd carried around.

After walking out of his family's life, he'd avoided relationships of any kind. He'd loosened up a bit, working on the ranch. Martin had become a role model to him, but Noah didn't want to care about anyone else. Not even Samantha. Now he knew her story and wanted to be in her life. It was terrible to be totally alone and Samantha didn't deserve to be.

"Damn it!" He threw a bale of hay onto the barn floor. "Why did she have to come here?"

Frances, Samantha's mother, had shown up in the barn a few days before to give him a subtle warning to stay away from her daughter. He didn't pay any mind to the idea of Samantha being around the farm and hadn't even asked any questions about her. He'd shrugged and turned back to his work. He was surprised she hadn't been more like queen bee Frances, ready to sting anyone within arm's length. Even though he'd heard stories about her childhood from Martin, he'd never once fathomed the idea that Samantha Johns would indeed be beautiful with those freckled cheeks and dimples. And the added bonus? She was equally sweet.

Samantha's presence could become a complication in his well maintained life. He didn't need any extra hurdles. Lord knew he'd had enough of those along the way. Getting involved with someone was complicated enough, but with the boss's daughter? Probably not a good idea. The fact that Frances hated the very air he breathed made the situation worse.

"I never take the easy road," he grumbled as he wiped the sweat trickling down his cheek. What was Samantha doing now? His eyes switched over to the door. It would be nice if she'd come down to the barn.

Jesse’s Brother © Wendy Ely



Returning home wasn’t a mater of choice for Samantha when she decided to take her summer break – it was more a matter of necessity, she had matters that needed airing and matters that needed some resolution and it was high time she sorted them out.

Coming home for Sam is a bag of mixed blessings, she was dying to see her father who was literally the only bright spark left in her life from her home town of Portland. Her mother on the other hand is another mess of fish that she knows she has to face head on and it was not looking pretty.

With yet another argument under her belt with her mother after only a few hours home - she is surprised to find a young man on her family ranch willing to listen to her and make her feel like the special person that she is. Noah however can’t solve that battle royale with her mother but what Noah does for Sam is make her rethink her life as she sees it and the town that she swore she has left behind.

Noah has his own dilemma, he is a simple man with simple values and he had no plan other than the obvious – work, eat, sleep – it might seem monotonous, but it worked for him. Now, not only is Samantha a surprise, one he was sooo not prepared for but he has also been given an opportunity that without Samantha is not worth his time of day – but does he have Samantha or does he even want her.

Samantha has other fences she needs to mend in small town Portland, and as reluctant as she is, she knows she can’t miss this chance to make things right – then she meets Jesse and he is everything that would fit into her planned life outside of Portland, and Jesse is very much attracted to her as well.

They say never look a gift horse in the mouth – but once Samantha look at both these men and what they have to offer her , she makes a startling discovery that she is not sure she can live with.

Another new to me author and I am loving this JESSE’S BROTHER. Once again another age old plot line – but Ms Ely concentrates on the least talked about issues of small town living and this makes this books a winner for me.

Samantha is a good kid, she grew up with the everyday things we all did, friends, overprotective parents and a plan to make it better for herself, and there in lays the problem – her plan did not fall in line with the plan her parent had for her and the unspoken words only made the situation worse from there on in.

I thought Ms. Ely described the parent child expectation very well, it was in-depth and touch on some areas that is not only indicative of small town living. Another angle that I liked but wasn’t delved into very much was the lost of friendship and how things taken for granted in a much bigger more built up area is blown out of proportion and becomes a sore thumb for years.

Those two story line really made this books in my opinion and while the book was about the growth of Samantha and her zeal for finding the right man, who at first should have the right imagine, but when the chips fall where they may she known it not all about what you see it’s also about the heart…

Not enough was known about Noah to really connect with him as I should have as one of the main protags and despite the cover imagine – this is not a ménage, has no reference or even the slightest possibility of going that way.

Jesse was rather a comical character in my opinion and I thought he was a lunatic at the end – he assumes too much, took too much on himself and was just plain angry at the world, but he made up the other half of this love triangle – and I was very pleased Ms. Ely gave very limited page time to him so the book could deal with more than the obvious.

I like this book alot and I am looking forward to this authors next book as she has a style with her flow and a very abrupt way with the scenes that worked very well for me. They felt like little photo clips that revealed more that they actually showed…

Well worth my time reading this one – I am very pleased to have been introduced to this author.


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2 Speak To Me:

Sassy Brit @ on 23 September 2009 at 12:36 said...

Glad you enjoyed this book, it certainly sounds like one to read - and I love the cover - and its colours. :)

Erotic Horizon on 11 October 2009 at 08:57 said...

@I agree Sassy..

The cover is yum... This was a sweet read. I really liked the flow and the sort of misleading angle - nice..