20 May 2014

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After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.
Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books.  Like, ever.  It is the book by which all books should be judged.  So, obviously, I am very critical of any book that uses P&P as its inspiration.  Generally, they’re not that great.  I did, however, think this book was great.
Emma has agreed to help her brother out with his two children while he takes a job in another state.  She is trying desperately to look like she has it all under control (the pride) when inside, she really has no idea what she’s doing.  Enter the neighbor, Kevin.  A pediatric dentist who makes snap judgments about Emma (the prejudice).  He attempts to help Emma, but she wants none of it.  Constantly turning him down, they both spiral further and further into their prideful and prejudiced natures.  Will she let him in and take his help?  Will he take the time to discover who she really is?
First off, this book – while borrowing loosely from Pride and Prejudice – manages to tell its own unique story.  I thought the best part about the book was how hilarious the situations Emma and Kevin find themselves in.  The pie and lawnmower debacles were especially funny, and made me laugh out loud.  It’s just all so funny!
I liked the characters in this book as well.  Emma is strong, but under all of it is a lot of vulnerability, which I thought made her very relatable.  I don’t know many people who wouldn’t do the things she did in the situations presented in this book.  She has a very Lucille Ball flair to her, I thought she was great.  Kevin was great too; my only complaint about him is that he seemed to be the save the day go-to character for everyone else in the book.  That got a little predictable and unrealistic for me at a certain point.  It’s great that he’s willing to help, score one for the Kev-ster, but it got to be a bit much for me.
Overall, I liked this book.  It is a “clean” romance, so no super descriptive sexy time.  I figure it good to cleanse my smut palette from time to time with a good, clean romance.  This is a great book to do it with.  4 stars.

Prejudice Meets Pride is a love story. It is about the love between siblings, between aunts and nieces, friends and neighbors, and finally, between Emma and Kevin. Emma is an artist, but a practical one, so she worked her way through school to become an art teacher and is proud of her accomplishment and the job she has landed. But she gives it all up when her brother needs help and moves across the country to take custody of his daughters for a year … and this is the first lesson in love, what one will do and sacrifice for love and family. Fortunately, Emma’s second lesson in love is a lot easier to accept because it is simply embracing the love of her nieces despite being scared out of her mind at becoming an instant single mother. While the situation with her brother and nieces is far from ideal or what any of them would have ever hoped for, they are fortunate in that Emma’s mother owns an unoccupied house that was left to her by an aunt and Emma and the girls are able to move to a good neighborhood which happens to have some great neighbors, Becky and Sam, who become Emma’s third lesson in love.

As for the fourth of Emma’s lessons in love, well that is where Kevin comes in and makes the book so entertaining. Kevin is a pediatric dentist who enjoys his job, his home, his neighborhood, the new girl he is dating, and likes his life just as it is. Did you notice that I didn’t say he was happy? Kevin didn’t realize that he wasn’t happy until he started spending time with Emma and her nieces. But don’t think that it was a jump, hop, and skip to happiness for Kevin. Oh no. His father went into politics when Kevin was a child and he was raised to be concerned about one’s public image and has become quite judgmental of others (much to his internal chagrin). This is part of what makes the book so entertaining. Kevin makes one misjudgment after another about Emma and this makes for some chuckle-inducing scenes as well as some frustrating moments that make you want to yell at him for being so thick-headed. But it’s not all one-sided because Emma has her own ideas about what she does or doesn’t need and what she will and won’t accept as an independent women and sometimes those ideas make it impossible for Kevin to know what they right thing to do is. Hence, the entertainment factor of their relationship development makes this a book well worth reading.

If you’re looking for an entertaining contemporary romance that is focused on romance and relationships, then you’ll enjoy Prejudice Meets Pride. It is definitely safe for all ages to read as there is no sex – only a couple of heated kisses – and no cursing. This is the first book of Ms. Anderson’s that I have read but it won’t be the last; I’m looking forward to the next book the Meet Your Match series.
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Kevin leaned down, and his shoulder brushed hers, making her arm feel more sensitive than usual. Emma couldn’t decide if she wanted to stay put or slide farther away. Kevin was her neighbor and now her boss—someone who felt the need to step in and help her out at every opportunity because he seemed to think she couldn’t handle anything on her own. The last thing Emma wanted was to give him yet another reason to roll his handsome dark eyes at her—eyes that were now staring at a list of names on the computer screen.
Emma sat up straighter and jabbed her finger at the monitor. “How did you do that?” she blurted.
“Do what?” Those amazing dark eyes turned on Emma. He was so close. Too close. A slew of butterflies knocked against the wall of her stomach.
What had he just said? Wait—what had she just said? Belatedly, Emma realized her slip. So much for playing it cool and figuring things out on her own. Why hadn’t she simply observed and paid closer attention to how he’d accessed that screen?
Kevin lifted an eyebrow in question, and since Emma couldn’t think of a logical reason she’d asked the question, other than the truth, she gave up and nodded toward the monitor. “How did you find that list of all the patients in your database?”
“Oh, easy.” Kevin clicked the ESC key, returning the screen to the main menu. “Just click on Members, then All. And voilà.” The beautiful screen appeared again, listing all of the patient names. Thank goodness there were a lot of A and B surnames, so if there were duplicate Carson, Benjamin entries, at least he couldn’t see them.
Until he started scrolling down. His eyebrows knit together when five of the exact same names appeared. Emma wanted to drop her head to the desk and bury her face in her arms. Could she not catch a break with this guy? It seemed to be her destiny to constantly prove how incompetent she was.
Kevin’s gaze moved from the monitor to the stack of papers on her desk, where he undoubtedly saw Benjamin Carson’s name on the top of the stack. His lips twitched as he continued scrolling down the list. “I had no idea that Benjamin Carson was such a popular name.”
Rachael  Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book ladies! I really appreciate it and hope you have a fabulous day!