Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Liza O'Connor reviews Linda O'Connor. Not related. I just like her name and read her book.

Let me first say that Linda O’Connor is not a relative of mine. In truth, I don’t even know what state or country she lives in. I just liked her name and decided to read her book.
The first book I read was Perfectly Honest. Loved it.
The second book, which I just read was Perfectly Reasonable.
Both books circle about doctors, which makes me wonder if Linda is a doctor, who writes on the sly. If she is, someone should slap a big S on her chest (for super doctor/author) because I find being an author a full time job all on its own.
In Perfectly Reasonable the author (sorry, if I say her last name I will think I’m talking about myself and get very confused) takes her time with the story, dropping in hints via Margo’s thoughts that warn the reader the sparks flying between Trace and her are DOA, (Dead on Arrival), only he just doesn’t know it yet.
And here is where I have to stop sharing the story line, because one of the best things about this story is how the author makes us love these two even as she keeps dropping hints about the DOA problem.  The more you learn, the more you worry, because these two are fabulous together. Of course they must deal with normal problems as well... but I will say no more. I have to stop telling you the plot.
So let me discuss the writing. It flows beautifully. Never an awkward moment or confusion. Her main characters are well rounded, believable people.
Margo is a complex woman with a fabulous caring nature. She’s also quite strong, in a quiet sort of way, and while Trace is less complex, he’s still a fabulously well-rounded character whose empathy grows along the way. I guarantee you will love them both during their journeys of growth and re-evaluations.
This is a feel good story, full of love that will keep you reading, and when you finish you will be most satisfied….except, if you are like me, you’ll still be pondering the color of Trace’s car. (That was Linda O’Connors' one moment of badness—I, for one, was shocked. And I suspect she laughs every time she thinks about it.) People with the last name of O'Connor tend to have a weird sense of humor.
Still, given how happy the rest of the book made me, I give it 5 stars: 

Since I couldn't tell you what the story was about, I had Linda send me stuff to help you out.

Perfectly Reasonable (Perfectly Series Book 2)
Love what you do and do what you love.  Sounds perfectly reasonable, but chances are, you’ll find your passion in the last place you look . . .

Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.

Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.

She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.

Margo MacMillan wished she could take the job. Look at that view.
Beyond the picture window and down eighteen floors, waves lapped against the Lake Ontario shore despite frigid January temperatures. Above, it was all blue skies and sunshine. Very Zen.
This side of the window, it was blue eyes and sun- streaked hair. Trace, the pheromone-radiating, sweet-boy-next-door of her current client, was very . . . unZen.
“It has to be done by Tuesday,” he insisted.
Fat chance of that happening, considering it was already Friday afternoon. Too bad. He really was . . . breathtaking. “No can do. I have another client lined up for next week.”
“Bump them.”
Her eyebrows winged up. “I can’t do that. They’re waiting for me, and I promised to start Monday.”
“Trades do it all the time.”
She frowned at him. “Not me. If I say I’m going to start a job on Monday, I start on Monday. You’ll have to find another painter.” Her curls bounced as she turned to go.
“Wait.” He touched her arm, and Margo felt a zing of electricity shimmer through her. “You could do it this weekend.”
“I don’t work weekends.”
“I’ll pay double.”
Margo looked him in the eyes. Eyes that were icy pale
blue, almost silver, and too intense to focus on, except they were set in a chiseled face with a square jaw and the most disarming smile.
Her fees were already pretty high. What could possibly be so urgent that he’d pay twice what it was worth?
She glanced around the room. Big open space and pristine beige walls. Sleek leather furniture. Glass, metal, and a zebra-skin rug. And staged for a cover shoot.
What was the deal? Was he desperate to erase the memory of a girlfriend? It was more than possible with the combination of those low-slung jeans, gray T-shirt showing off broad shoulders and flat abs, and that close-cropped blond hair. He towered over her, and she was taller than average. Yeah, it was definitely possible. Or maybe a new ladylove he had to please? She raked her gaze over him. Nah. He wouldn’t need a new paint color for that.
She sighed and thought of the student loan she had yet to pay off. If she prepped the walls that evening, she could probably get the painting done by Monday. “All right. But I’d have to start tonight and come back early Saturday and Sunday.”
His shoulders relaxed. “Not a problem. I can be here.”
“Have you chosen the paint color?”

“No, but it has to be blue.”

“Yes. Pale blue, gray-blue, dark blue, I don’t care. Just as long as it’s blue.”
She shrugged. “Okay then. I’ll bring over some paint chips later and you can choose. You’ll have to make a decision tonight, so I can stop on my way tomorrow to pick it up.”
“I can do that. And I’ll invite some of my buddies over to move the furniture.”
“That would be great. Just push everything to the center of the room. I can cover it with plastic.”
Trace nodded. “Thank you for this. I really appreciate it. I’ve heard you’re the best.”

She smiled. Charm and good looks. He’ll go far. “You’re welcome. I’ll finish the job next door and come back at about seven.”

Video Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/Yu459GwbSQ4

Linda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at HomeSense. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories :D ). She hangs out at www.lindaoconnor.net.

Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Social Media:
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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LindaOConnor98

And now I know Linda O'Connor is both a physician AND an author. Man do I feel like a slug!


  1. Great reviews! Two more books to add to my TBR list :) Thanks, Liza!

  2. These sounds fabulous.
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  3. Thank you soooo much for this Liza! Made my day (probably my week....maybe even my year!!!)

    1. Ha! I've not determined you are prone to exaggeration! Me too!

  4. Congrats on the wonderful review. If Liza loves it, it's got to be a winner! :)


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