Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Review of #1 Just Kathleen O'Reilly

Name of book: Just Surrender...

Author Name: Kathleen O'Reilly

ISBN: 978-0-373-79615-1

Publisher: Blaze Harlequin

Part of a Series: Harts of Texas, Just let go... and Just give in... are sequels

Type of book: Adult, romance, blaze, New York, 2011

Year it was published: 2011


Straitlaced surgeon Tyler Hart hops into a cab at JFK...and goes on the ride of his life. Punky, funky, fly-by-the night cabbie Edie Higgins takes him on an all-night New YOrk CIty adventure involving a flat tire, a strip club, and diner food. Oh, and a mind-blowing early-morning romp in a notoriously naughty hotel. So when Edie offers to become newly single Tyler's love sensei, he thinks, why not? Especially since she's a very hands-on teacher. They couldn't be more different, but they're about to learn the same lesson: to just surrender. Everything.


Both characters appear to be three dimensional and are unique, including the thoughts. Although at times frustrating, I liked the medical language whenever it was Tyler's turn to think. The minor characters such as Austen, Tyler's brother, Edie's group of friends, and Brooke, Tyler and Austen's sister or half sister, all are rounded and interesting. I also liked the layers to both of them, how Edie seems to rebel or resist everything stable and everything her father stands for, and that Tyler is the type who doesn't have fun until he gets together with Edie. I do wish that more would be explored in Tyler's past. I also wonder how Edie made peace with accepting the life she grew up in.


Sometimes people who don't match up to one another are sometimes perfect for one another. Edie is more modern, while Tyler is very old fashioned in someways, and it's important to learn from one another despite the differences.


This was written in third person point of view, from Edie's and Tyler's. I think in order to enjoy the book, one had to have lived or stayed in New York for a considerable time. I've never lived in New York so a lot of it is beyond me, sorry to say. But still, if I should talk with my Korean ex again, it did give me some information to talk about.

Author Information:

Kathleen O'Reilly wrote her first romance at the age of eleven, which to her undying embarrassment was read aloud to her class. After taking more than twenty years to recover from the profound distress, she is now proud to finally announce her career-romance author. Now she is an award-winning author of nearly twenty romances published in countries all over the world. Kathleen lives in New York with her husband and their two children, who outwit her daily.


Ironically with the tire thing reminded of a first date with my Korean ex when I read the first few chapters of the book, except it happened in Texas and not in New York. He lived in New York for a year or so, and traveled to Texas. At night when we were hanging out, we got a flat tire twice. I honestly enjoyed reading the book, the characters are different. Tyler Hart, being a doctor actually thinks in doctor's terms, which oddly enough is a bit funny. I'm not sure if its simply me or I was biased by Smart bitches site, but there was very little background information on the hero, and with Edie accepting a life that she condemned her mother for, not enough was written about it, and one has to imagine what she might have penned.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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