A Love Built to Last

Clayton and Melody have known each other since childhood. It has been a love/hate relationship. Melody seems to hate him but secretly has always loved him. When she dashes back into town after years of being away, Clayton thinks she is the same little girl who used to serve him up black eyes. As beautiful as she has turned out to be he doesn't trust her and wants nothing to do with her. He knows that hiding behind the pretty face is that same hitting little girl. Melody has a hard time trusting. She would rather hurt other people before she gets hurt. However, when their matchmaking mothers get to work, Clayton ends up constructing her new home. What will happen to the pair?

I mostly liked the book. It was a good romance and took a while for Melody and Clayton to warm up to each other.which was nice to see.

Cons: Clayton was very uncompromising which made it seem a little hypocritical to claim that Melody needed an attitude change. It seemed like he was more abrasive than she was most of the time. Also, the mention of endometriosis is made but it is not mentioned that she really has any of the symptoms during story.to make the reader think she is perfectly healthy. Therefore, when she makes statements such as, "I can't be pregnant, I have endometriosis," it makes you think, huh? It never is an issue until she talks about pregnancy, as if there aren't any other factors, concerns, pain, etc. Lastly, one of the most interesting parts, I feel, was left out. The end of the book, when she says she's going to tell Clayton about her being pregnant (this scene isn't there). I would have liked to see his reaction to the news rather than it skimping so far ahead in time.

Pros (what matters): All that being said, it was a really good read. The fact that it was full length is a plus. It was also refreshing that Melody stepped back and evaluated herself. She definitely had a few selfish ways but when told about it, she actually thought on it and what she could fix. I also liked that Clayton was so close to his mother and always tried to please her. I would recommend this book.


Book Blurb for A Love Built to Last

Whatever Melody Cannon wants, Melody Cannon gets -- or least that has been the case for the past eight years. The famous Hollywood stylist is used to giving orders, but when Melody takes an early retirement from Tinseltown and returns home to Washington, D.C., to start a new life, she encounters the irresistible force known as Clayton Reed, a local architect whom she hires to design her new abode.

Clayton can think of many words to describe Melody, his childhood nemesis who is now his new client. Unfortunately, none of those words are good. He's a patient man, but even he can't control his temper around her. Despite his dislike for the bossy, hot-tempered vixen, Clayton still feels drawn under her spell. As he designs her new home, he gradually breaks down the defensive walls she has built around her with a passion and love she has never known.


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.25