Title : Necessary Restorations
Author : Kate Canterbary
Series : The Walshes, #3
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : They liked to call me names. Manwhore. Slut. Player. But I make wrong look so right. She’s a fiercely independent violinist with abandonment issues. He’s a perfectionist architect with too many flaws to count. The one thing they have in common is a healthy disrespect for the rules. Tiel Desai’s life is blissfully full of music: playing music, teaching music, and lecturing about music, and scouring Boston’s underground music scene with the annoyingly beautiful, troubled, tattooed architect. She left her past – including her ex-husband and a Greek restaurant in New Jersey – far behind, and she’s happy pretending history won’t catch up with her. Sam Walsh knows everything about women. He understands their thoughts and feelings, their secret desires and insecurities, and he knows how to get rid of them once he gets off. But Sam is shattering by small degrees, drowning his ghosts in gin, work, and obedient blondes, and Tiel might be the only one who can lead him out of his darkness. They find more in each other than they ever realized they were missing, but they might have to fall apart before they can come together. It’s the wrongs that make the rights come to life.
Review : I was speechless after finishing this book! And you can ask my friends this does not happen very often. My next thoughts were – Who is this author? / I need book 1&2! Yes you read correctly this is the 3rd book in a series and I have only a vague clue about what is happening in the first 2 as I did not read them. But honestly … for the storyline of this book it is not important if you read the others it works beautifully on its own. The only issue might be that I know now how the other 2 will end as I can see their results in this book.
What can I say about Tiel and Sam except “WOW”… First of all I have the automatic tendency to compare book characters with real life persons to give them a face AND I compare new authors I read with other others I already know. And with this book I came to an interesting result … Because of SAM I felt the need to compare this book with Jodi Ellen Malpas, just that Sam is so much sweeter in a strange kind of way than her male characters. And the complete writing style was so captivating that I basically fell in love with it the same way that I love Colleen Hoover’s style, BUT don’t look for twists or turns like in her books.
As for finding my real life comparisons I noticed something strange in this case. As a female normally the first character that gets his own face is always the male lead of the book. But in this case it was Tiel. Already very early on in the book she reminded me a lot of a friend of mine and that face stayed with me during the complete book. And coming to think about it now it makes a lot of sense honestly. Because even if this Book is told from a dual PoV it is always Tiel that was taking the lead (at least I felt it that way ). Tiel is so very different from other leads that I came across lately and it’s very difficult to explain why as there are so many layers to her. Sam’s got it quite right when he said that she is never doing or saying what he expects of her. She sees right through Sam and all his walls that he constructed. Sure sometimes she makes mistakes and she has a lot of baggage herself, but she is a force of nature and that is exactly what Sam needs.
Sam is very special with all his flaws and anxieties, but he is no mystery because his needs are very obvious. Sam has a container load of issues. Some imagined and a lot of them very real. All of them together leave him as a broken person hiding behind a self-constructed wall. And basically his coping mechanism is simple. By presenting himself as the lowest of the low life’s – a man-whore, a slut, a player without feeling – he makes sure that no one can hurt him as nobody expects anything of him.
Tiel has a way of breaking through all his defenses. She knows what he says about himself and unfortunately she also believes it – but still it does not stop her from seeing the reasons for his self-destructing behavior.
I could go on and on talking about this book but I do not want to spoiler to much so I have to stop. But not without requesting the author to please give us more. I have no idea (as I said) about the other two books, but your description of Sam gives me the feeling that I would like to read many more books of you with such special characters like him. You just gained a new fan as your writing is very special and I am sure there will be many fans to follow.
P.S. After finishing my review I read reviews of other readers and I felt the need to add something to mine. It’s about the cheating that Sam did. Normally it should be easy to agree with those readers that Sam cheated, but honestly just like everything about Sam it is not that easy. Everything I read in those reviews was true yes, except that it might be a discussion point weather or not he was in an actual ”beyond a friendship” relationship with Tiel but that would be a never-ending discussion so I leave that point aside. The main issue is that Sam didn’t try to have fun, it was quite the opposite. He tried to punish himself, tried to prove to himself that he was worthless. To understand what I am saying you have to read the book as I can not go further into details. It may look like cheating on the surface but in his case it was his attempt at hurting himself and as in my definition cheating contains pleasure – I have a problem in calling him a cheater,
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
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