Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.
Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?
Rating 5 out of 5
While I am not one to normally read novellas, when Zoey asked if I wanted to read her new one, Give Me Reason, I couldn’t resist. Zoey’s book, Finding Love’s Wings, was so beautifully written that I had to see if Give Me Reason was just as beautiful. And it is. Give Me Reason sucked me in with an intriguing prologue that had my imagination running with possibilities. And for the next 100 pages or so, I was glued to my Kindle.
Vivienne is a strong heroine who is in a bad spot with an equally sad history, but she’s not stupid or naïve. She is resilient and determined. And she’s not looking for a hand out from anyone. I love her strength. She’s my kind of character to root for.
But then Mikah Blake walks into the diner where she works and she is inexplicably calmed by him and he is persistent in his need to take care of her. But not in an overbearing caveman kind of way. He seems to realize that Vivienne needs help, but she is not going to let him help without good reason and reassurances that she’s not just a charity case. And while this novella isn’t full of sexy times, it is very sensual and intriguing. Zoey’s prose keeps you reading, just for the beauty of her words.
We are left with a cliffhanger ending, much to my displeasure. I kept tapping the screen in an effort to magically conjure up more from Zoey. Alas, that didn’t work, so I will have to wait until November 19th when Give Me Hope releases to satisfy my need to know what happens with Mikah and Vivienne. Is Vivienne going to be okay after the devastating events at the end of Give Me Reason? Will Vivienne accept Mikah and his assistance in her life? Is there an epic love story unfolding? Are there higher powers at work? Will Vivienne get a chance at a happily ever after or will things from her past continue to compromise her chances? I am desperate to find out.