Review: Smart Move

Smart MoveSmart Move
by Melanie Jacobson
LDS Romance
2012 by Covenant Communications

Goodreads summary:
The spark was undeniable the night Sandy Burke met the devastatingly handsome Jake. Conversation flowed easily, so after they parted, she waited eagerly for his call. It never came. A high-powered career woman at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, Sandy feels she has had her heart broken one too many times, and now the redheaded trendsetter is facing a major quarter-life crisis. After some introspection, Sandy determines that helping others may be the key to helping herself. When she's presented with a job offer in Washington DC as the director of New Horizons, a nonprofit organization benefiting women in poverty, it seems providential.

But now that she's moved, two major obstacles threaten the success of her first assignment: The first is her mother and her constant fog of less-than-helpful New Age advice. Secondly, plans to build another New Horizons outreach center have come to a screeching halt, thanks to the interference of a pesky lawyer and his attempts to reverse zoning approval for the building project.

After weeks of verbal sparring over the phone, Sandy is in for a shock when she comes face-to-face with her foe. The smooth voice at the other end of the line is a heart-wrenching blast from the past. In this twist of fate, Sandy sees the perfect opportunity to ensure the success of the outreach center — and to enact a little payback on this man she thought she'd left behind. And so the battle of wits begins. Will Sandy's "flirt-to-convert" plot sway her nemesis' determination to block the center, or will his charming and undeniably attractive ways convince the sassy redhead to give love a second chance?


What I thought:
Oh, man! The romantic tension in this one was fabulous! There were some serious kissing moments too when Jake would sneak in a kiss when Sandy was actually mad at him, or at least trying to be. Plenty of sighs even though I was pretty frustrated with both characters at some points.

Sandy is another witty and sarcastic MC for this author. I have seen some reviews saying that they feel like the characters in her books are too similar in personality, but I disagree. Sandy is older and then the mostly college-aged-kids who surround her. She doesn't really care what they think so she goes all out sometimes, like in the video game competition dance-off. She has a New Age mother who was never a mother to her until just recently. She used to be a party girl, but mended her ways about a year previously, which also happens to be the same time she met Jake for the first time and practically fell in love.

Jake is fairly confident, actually more overconfident. He's also extremely fun, gets Sandy - basically instantly clicks with her, is gorgeous and smart. I wish he would have been a little more forthcoming with Sandy about some business matters. I don't know if I've forgiven him yet for that. He could have warned her or it could have happened differently so it was more that he just didn't know instead of appearing like he was actually purposefully withholding information. I also didn't like the invalid facts that were shared about Sandy's employer. That's all I"m going to say.

I liked Sandy and Jake together, but I totally understood Sandy and her frustration with him over their disagreement. Ugh. It's so hard when you really believe in something and someone doesn't agree or has other information that they can't share with you and won't join your side. Regardless, when they weren't talking business they got along great and had some serious chemistry.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this! My only issue was with the way the last court date went, but otherwise I pretty much loved every single page. If you enjoy reading LDS Romance then I would definitely tell you to grab this one!

Content: Clean
Source: Bought

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