Author on Author Book Review ~ No Ordinary Bloke by Mary Whitney @wordymary


I’m not a philosophical kind of bloke, but I know something about luck. A childhood on the wrong side of advantage will teach you that. It’s all a matter of chance. It’s both your circumstances and the chances you take. So I've always been a gambler and a ladies man — they love me and I love them. Now I've found one like no other — an American, Allison Wright. When I met her, the fates were on my side, but too soon I learned the odds were against me.

Have you ever read a book series where there is a secondary character you are dying to know more about? I was intrigued and titillated by Whitney's character, David Bates, from the Beside Your Heart series. He is boasted as the boisterous cousin of Viscount Adam Kinkade and made quite an impression on me throughout the series. He seemed like a ladies man with a heart of gold who just needed that one woman to give him a happily ever after. Thank God for Whitney's friends and fans for urging her to tell David's story. She created the perfect mate for this unique bloke in the form of Allison Wright.

Allison is not some young chippy one might expect David to go for. At the age of thirty-seven, I thought David would gravitate to a younger bird, maybe in her twenties. I was delighted by Whitney's choice of Allison only being two years his junior at thirty-five. A meeting at an airport lounge gives fate time to give David a push in the right direction.

For a man like David, love didn't ever seem to be part of the plan. I love how Whitney developed David and Allison's relationship, really making him work for the love he didn't know he wanted. The added wrench of Allison's much older boyfriend made the time the pair spent together so much sweeter than if they had started dating straight off.

As this story is told in David's point of view, we get all his impressions of Allison through him. In other novels, this might make the reader's interpretation of the character skew. Not here. Whitney provides us with the perfect mix of the good, the  bad, and the ugly traits of Allison. Not to say Allison is bad, but she had things occur in her life that led her to make decisions that weren't necessarily good for her.

In the end, Whitney gives David and Allison both the lives they never expected, but were so thankful they received.

Thanks so much to Mary Whitney and The Hype PR for providing me with an Advanced Readers Copy of No Ordinary Bloke in exchange for an honest review. I see more wonderful hours spent reading Mary Whitney's words in the future.

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About the Author

Mary Whitney blames Laura Ingalls Wilder and Margaret Mitchell for her obsession with romance novels. At an early age, Mary fell in love with the Little House series and its dreamy hero, Almanzo Wilder, who only wanted Laura to be Laura. Like many women, Mary later graduated to the ultimate, tall and dark bad boy, Rhett Butler, who loved Scarlett despite her flaws.

Mary has lived around the U.S., and after a first career in the non-profit world and politics, she's settled in Northern California with her husband and daughters. She spends her days writing characters she hopes somehow capture the romance of Rhett and Scarlett and Almanzo and Laura. She's a firm believer in what Rhett says to Scarlett: "You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how."

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