I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When the Walls Come Down by M. Mabie, Aly Martinez
Published by Amazon Digital Services on 4th June 2020
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: the Author
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I adored this one!
Aly Martinez usually writes angsty and twisty books so I was wondering how’d a rom com would be from her and it was great! M. Mabie isn’t an author I’d known about before but I will definitely be checking her stuff out now.
Shane Warren gets the rugged pulled out under him, when he’s told he has to give up his job by his brother in law. His family think that Shane needs to stop working so hard and live a little, expand his horizons. Maggie Light is the new
girl woman in town. Recently graduated, She’s moved away from her family to achieve her dreams.
Maggie and Shane both have their share of baggage and issues, their past shapes their current outlook. When they first meet, they don’t know how intertwined their life is going to get. Maggie and Shane spend a wonderful weekend together, not realising that once thats over, their careers will also be on the line and that they will have to fight each other for it.
This was a throughly enjoyable read, I really loved the banter, the humour, the sweet and passionate moments they had. Regardless of them meeting only a few days ago, I think the authors did a great job at establishing their connection to one another. I liked how they dealt with fighting for the same job bit, it was mature, didn’t involve dirty tricks etc which made this book and the couple work more because you can see the push and pull of wanting the job but also each other, plus they respected each other and didn’t want to hurt one another.
Maggie and Shane from the very awkward meet cute, to their non romantic first date to them falling for each other was very enjoyable. They just clicked, they got each other. Their relationship changes from fun, lightheartedness to finding out they are competing for the same job and now theres tension and attraction they can’t act on. They had great chemistry, their relationship had ups and downs to keep the reader engrossed.
I really loved Shane, he was a wonderful hero. He’s a nice guy. He really tired like all the time. His past had a huge effect on him obviously not just his confidence but also changed all other aspects of life. I felt his the way his family was trying to get to him to be more than just about work was just harsh, their heart might have been in the right place but it just ended me not liking like them. Literally wouldn’t have hurt to actually properly talk to him then just make decisions for him. He was genuine and forthright, yes he makes mistakes but owns up to them and works through them. He is quite different from the heroes I’ve been reading recently, in a good way that also makes you want to protect from the hurts you can see will be coming his way because of his openness. Shane had finally found his person, Maggie who made stop being all about work and he’d give anything to make things work. For me, When the Walls Come Down is really his book.
Quibbles: View Spoiler »I think the only things that I didn’t like was one when Shane thought about getting people fired cause they how treated Maggie, I get where he was coming from but it wasn’t Chris’s fault, the man didn’t know and at the end of the day its his employment as wait staff so it just didn’t sit right with me. Also I don’t know but they way its talked about Shane being fat in the book, it just didn’t sit right me. The other thing wasn’t so much a quibble, obviously it had purpose so I didn’t hate it but it did pack a punch and it made me angry/going for a tailspin which is what I think what was desired… « Hide Spoiler
Overall, I really enjoyed this co-authored book, its soft, sweet, flirty and funny with the addition of tugging at heart strings! Anyone looking for a light rom com with heart, low angst would enjoy this one.
Oh, for fuck’s sake. Am I a man or not?
Here goes fucking nothing.
Take a risk, my ass. I’d fucking show Casey and Blake a damn risk.
I marched down to where she was sitting. “Hi, I’m Shane.”
She looked shocked, maybe a little startled by my approach—and rightly so. I’d stalked over like the fucking Terminator, all amped up from my private pep talk.
“The bartender, Chris, said you’re new in town, and it’s your first time here.”
Her sparkling blue eyes stood out against her makeup, and now—standing close to her—I could smell her perfume. A subtle and warm scent that made me want to lean in.
What the fuck had I been thinking?
To put it mildly, she was out of my league, but hey… Risks, right?
“If you’re dining alone, would you mind if I offer a suggestion from the menu?”
“I was only looking it over out of curiosity. I really just came in for a drink or two.” She folded it and placed it on the wooden top in front of her.
Goddamn, that cleavage.
“Oh. Yeah. Okay. Well, then…uh…let me get one for you.” I might have strutted over like the Terminator, but I was fumbling over my words like Barney Fife and beginning to sweat like a Crossfitter.
Her brows bunched. “Um, you really don’t have to do that.”
“Please. After the day I’ve had, I’ll actually have one with you.” I swiped at the back of my neck. “The drinks are good here. Very cold. Wet.” Jesus fucking Christ, Shane. Wet!? “Um. Alcoholic, if that’s what you’re into.” I waved Chris—and his bigger-than-life shit-eating grin—down to us.
“Find something you’d like?” he asked her.
“I’ll just have a Titos and cranberry,” she answered. “I hear they’re very cold and wet here.”
Chris looked at me disappointedly, probably guessing at how badly I’d botched this introduction. He wasn’t wrong, but she hadn’t told me to fuck off yet.
“And I’ll take a Honeybee Brown,” I added.
He spun on his heel, shocked. “Really?”
I shrugged and shot daggers at him. “Really. A pint, please.”
“A cold, wet one too, eh? Okay, man. Coming right up.” He made our drinks and then about a dozen more for the servers who were keeping him busy.
“Thanks for the drink,” she said, clinking our glasses together, her eyes never quite meeting mine.
“Yeah. Sure. No problem.” I followed her lead and took a sip.
“So, do you come here a lot, Shane?”
My name on her lips had me clearing my throat.
“Yes,” replied our asshole bartender before I could answer.
“I live close,” I explained, and she nodded in understanding. “So, where did you come to the Bay from?” I took another sip, realizing that counting the beer I’d had with Casey earlier and this one, I was nearing my only-a-few-drinks daily limit. So I’d be savoring the pint as long as she didn’t seem too put off by my dusty-ass small talk. Otherwise, I could chug it down and then be on my merry way, leaving her to enjoy her night without a divorced, practically fired dude bugging her.
“Atlanta,” she replied and swirled a piece of ice with the drink stirrer in her glass. Still no eye contact.
Small talk. I fumbled for more small talk.
“You have family here?”
“No, I’ve always wanted to get out of Georgia. So, when I landed a job out here, it seemed like a sign.”
Finally, her blue eyes met mine and… Fuck, if I could have just remembered to blink, I’d have been doing well. I feared if I broke the gaze for just a second, I’d never see that color again, because surely it was a mirage of some sort. Like a crystal-blue pool in a desert. The kind of trick eyes could only play on a man who hadn’t been laid in nearly half a decade.
She finished with, “I start on Monday. I guess fate is as good a time as any to take a risk.”