Review: Lip Service by Adele Downs



From the first page, I was captivated. This is my first time to read a book by Adele Downs, so I’m not sure if this is the working formula for all her books, but I’ve got to say the structure is unique and refreshing. The author first shows us the hero and heroine from a third person point of view, then we zoom in to the story from their points of view, before we zoom out again toward the end back to Cloris, who started it all.

Legs, also known as Linda (heh!), has been in love with Jack Harris for what seems like forever. And though they are now lovers, she was still afraid to commit to him with her whole heart and soul, because of the deep enmity that Aunt Ada had for the Harrises, the aunt to whom she owed so much. Never mind that Aunt Ada was dead; her ghost still haunts the house that she’d bequeathed to Legs and she (the aunt) made her feelings perfectly clear about Jack. However, Jack wasn’t willing to wait for Legs to come around any longer. Either she’s in this relationship with him or…he’s out. Would Legs have the courage to do what needed to be done? Yet how could she forsake her aunt, who had always been there for her?

Jack is truly a good man. He takes care of Ada when she was sick and tries his best to get her to warm up to him. He was also willing to compromise. By these actions alone, there’s no doubt that he loves Legs, and Legs was a fool to make him wait so long. He’s also inventive in bed, a trait that all women must consider when choosing a life partner. LOL Gosh, that scene using the paints–so erotic and hot! I’ll never see paint the same way again. The paint names that the author used are gorgeous, and it’s truly a shame if there’s no paint by those names! The paint on our walls is called Lily White, a truly boring name when compared to Spring Romance, Sweet Simmer, Fire and Ice, Smoldering Coals, Pink Singe, and Burning Love.

Legs…ok, I get where she’s coming from, her reluctance to commit to Jack, combined perhaps with guilt and gratitude for her aunt. It’s a refreshing change to see a heroine afraid of commitment rather than the other way around. Jack sure has his work cut out for him, as he tries to come up with more incentives for Legs to give their relationship a chance. And it may be some time in coming, but I’m glad to see that slowly, Legs is coming to see just what a treasure she has in Jack, and what a fool she would be to let him go. How she came to persuade her aunt is ingenious, and I’m just so sad to see Aunt Ada willingly wasted her life away due to…sorry, spoiler. Perhaps there’s a lesson there for us all.

Adele Downs’ writing style flows and is easy to read and follow. The story is well written and well edited, making it a pleasure to read. What I like about this story, too, is that Jack and Legs don’t live in a vacuum; there’s a community rallying behind them for them to be together. It’s this community, as well as notable secondary characters like Cloris and Margaret, that added color and depth to the story.

Rating: 4 stars

The Romance Review

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

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Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’ virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is… then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.


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