Room For You (Cranberry Inn #1) by Beth EhemannRoom For You by Beth Ehemann
Published October 2013
Series: Cranberry Inn #1
Genres: New Adult
three-stars
Format: eBook
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Four years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.

I tried to pick up the pieces and glue them back together the best I knew how, but something was always missing.

A father for my two girls.

But then, Brody Murphy landed on my doorstep, literally. He was a carefree, playful hockey player who barged into my life and messed with my head. He left me more confused than I had ever been.

What if the one thing I thought I needed was the only thing holding me back?

Kacie Jensen is mother of two twins and ever since the father of their children left them leaving only a cheap note on the kitchen table, Kacie moved back to her mother’s place, where she is helping her run the family inn. On one stormy night, hockey player Brody Murphy reluctantly knocks on their door needing a place to stay for the night.

Soon, an unexpected mutual attraction builds between Broday and Kacie. While Kacie won’t allow herself to trust a man ever again, her feelings for Brody grow every time he comes to visit her and the girls. Soon, she’ll have to make a choice: give in to her feelings and risk her and the twins getting hurt again, or nip her feelings for him in the bud to avoid any kind of painful consequences? But what she doesn’t know is that Brody won’t ever let her make a choice.

What I loved about this book:

  • Nice feel-good read
  • Some funny and heart-melting scenes

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Some of the scenes or characters’ actions felt too cliché
  • Story lacks in realism and storyline was rather flat and predictable

I really liked Room For You, but to be very honest, it was nothing more than just a nice feel-good summer read because – let’s face it – it was too cliché and a bit too cheesy to my taste.

“I almost lost my shit right there at the table, but I couldn’t look away. I didn’t even care if anyone was watching me watch her. This was the most torturous, accidental seduction I’d ever been part of and I was enjoying every second of it.”

The whole story revolves around the fact that Kacie has been hurt so badly by the father of her children in the past, that she doesn’t want to put her trust into any man anytime soon. So when she unexpectedly falls for Brody, she is afraid to give in to her feelings because she fears getting hurt again, and wonders if the golden-boy hockey player could ever grant her and her children the stability and drama-free life that she is looking for. She’d actually prefer not engage into any kind of relationship with a man, just to spare her daughters any kind of potential disappointment. So obviously, Brody, who is completely crazy about her, has to work hard to make her change her mind.

“Your own happiness isn’t a priority?” Brody looked at me with wide, shocked eyes. “Wow. That’s incredible. How will your girls ever be happy if you aren’t?”

I have no issues with insta-love, but this was just too much for me. Famous hockey-player falls head-over-heels with a girl and her two children, and would give up anything to be with her, including his blooming career. Of course, she is dead insecure and he needs to work hard to win her rational mind over (because her heart is obviously already in it). And guess what: their first kiss is on a ferris wheel, and Brody paid the carnie to stall the wheel so he could make his move. It’s cute and all that, but it’s just too cheesy to be real.

This books feels a lot like Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor, because in the end it’s kind of the same storyline where a guy becomes a surrogate father out of the blue, but if Worth The Fall sets the bar, then I am afraid Room For You didn’t raise it at all: Worth The Fall was much more elegant, and felt much more realistic than this book…

The writing here was okay, and you’d get insight into both Kacie and Brody’s mind as the narration alternates between his and her 1st person POV. The tone of the book was rather lighthearted and fun, which made it a comfortable read. I speacially enjoyed Brody’s POV and hearing about the side-characters in the book, who played quite an important part in the story too.

“Brody are you sick? asked Piper.
“Yeah do you have a fever?” Lucy asked, tugging on my shirt.
“Nope, not sick. Why?”
“Mom was on the phone with Auntie Alexa and she said you were hot. If you’re hot, you have a fever. Do you need medicine?”

However, what I disliked a lot in this book was Kacie’s whiny attitude toward her own situation: the father of her children left her years ago, but she has a great family and great friends who supported her all along and her daughters are happy even without the added bonus of a dad. But still, she never quite got over what happened to her, even if everyone support her so she can. Yet, she is still extremely insecure, disintered in men in general, and borderline mistrusting when she meets Brody. Whenever something unexpected comes her way, she runs, and is too chicken too face stuff.

“I wanted you to see that sometimes, even when something terrifies you, if you just give it a chance it’s actually pretty incredible.”

Even though Room For You felt a bit cheesy and its storyline was not exactly mind-blowing and full of intrigues, it was still a nice feel-good read that was, after all, different from other books given the fact that  Kacie has 2 children at such young age. The book definitely ends on a happy ending, but also on a very slight but intriguing cliffhanger.

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So … I’ll probably check the next book in the series out just for fun, but hope it will be less average and more orginal this time around.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3.5 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
3.5 Stars
All the feels
3 Stars
Overall: three-stars