This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Love Built to Last, A
L. S. Childers
Date of Review: 08/29/11
Official Reviewer for Eye On Romance
Melody Cannon has given up her successful Hollywood stylist career in order to return home to southern D.C. Melody knows what she wants in life and the hectic career that she was part of just doesn’t fit in. Returning home gives her time to regroup and figure out the next step to get what she really wants. What Melody doesn’t expect is to run into her childhood crush at a family picnic. She adored Clay when they were children, but didn’t express her admiration in the best way possible. Now they are both adults and Melody finds him as attractive as ever.
Clayton Reed is horrified to realize that the bully from his childhood is back in town. He knows that Melody hasn’t changed. Her years in Hollywood have only increased her mean, hard shell. When his mother suggests Melody hire his architectural firm to build her house, Clay knows that it is a bad idea, but just can’t bring himself to say no. What is even more perturbing is his intense attraction to her.
I really enjoyed this story. The tension between Clay and Melody had its roots in their childhood and Ms. Childers does a nice job of demonstrating how events in the past can shape future relationships. This budding romance isn’t one that occurs naturally or easily. Both Melody and Clay have a lot of baggage that needs to be dealt with and overcome in order for them to trust the other. Ms. Childers allows her characters to have faults and shows them struggling not only with their own emotions, but also with trying to reconcile their romantic feelings with what they already know about a person.
This story flows from the very first page and keeps moving without any glitches or slow moments. Things are constantly moving forward in this book which makes it easy and enjoyable to read. I wanted to know when and how Clay and Melody would resolve their issues.
I also like the fact that Melody not only has to work on her relationship with Clay, but she also has to repair her relationship with her family. She has a sister that she competes with and a mom whom she loves dearly. Added to the mix are a niece and nephew that Melody hasn’t spent much time with in the past, but enjoys.
This is a well-written story about the power of love to help one achieve goals, become a better person and make amends for past problems.