Made for Us by Samantha Chase (The Shaughnessy Brothers #1)

MadeForUsAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Pam

Can’t make time for love? The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he’d like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?

She’ll show him how to find it Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it’s not easy to break down walls you’ve spent years building up. Now there’s a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.

This is the start to a new series about a large close-knit family. I love reading series about large families, the camaraderie between them is hard to resist as we get to know each family member as the series progresses. I enjoyed meeting the Shaughnessy’s and look forward to more.

Aidan Shaughnessy is wound a little tight. Everyone knows that he strives for perfection in his work and does not like his life disrupted. After his mother died, he took on the responsibility of helping to raise his younger brothers and sister, the loss of his mother affected him deeply and he has never quite gotten over it. He owns a construction business and many know he is difficult to work with, so when he fires the designer, the owner puts Zoe on the case, and the sparks fly.

Zoe Dalton has moved across the country to take on a new job. When her mother died recently she gave up her designer business and moved to North Carolina for a change. When her boss gives her a new assignment she does not know what she is getting herself into, working with a controlling man who is hard to resist.

A cute romance full of heart with characters that are fun and entertaining, and I enjoyed getting to know the Shaughnessy family.

I adored Zoe, she has moved away from old memories for a new start in life and I like her spunk. She proves to be a worthy partner for Aidan, easily standing up to his controlling ways. She is the perfect balance and deals with an angry, secretive Aidan for the most part although there are times I was not sure why she made some of the decision she did.

When you first meet Aidan, he seems to be this successful business owner, a tad on the controlling side, but likable. However as the story unfolds, we see that he is not so in control and often disappears for no reason to deal with his demons, he definitely has some issues he needs to get through. His family has let him be but they are realizing he needs to change and that maybe Zoe is the person who can help.

Secondary characters are important to this story, the Shaughnessy family is large and the town has a small town feel so everyone knows each other. We get to meet all the family members and I am looking forward to reading many of their stories. I loved Darcy, the sister that is just about to spread her wings, providing her meddling brothers let her. The pace works well, slow to start but ramps up as a storm brings excitement and danger to the area and the romance goes into high gear when Aidan and Zoe are stuck together for several days, the chemistry can’t be denied. The only issue I had was that I wanted to kick both Aidan for his stubbornness and Zoe for being passive at times, but all in all it is great start to a romantic series.

I give Made For Us by Samantha Chase 4 stars!

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SamanthaChaseAuthor Biography

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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