Lovelines (The Wilmington Saga, #1) by S. Walden
Arrive at work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check.
Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check.
Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check.
Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.
And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.
Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.
Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.
But Reece isn’t like all the others.
Kelly - 4 Crowns
4 cute Be'boppin Bailey Crowns. Phablous!
Lovelines is a beautifully written romance depicting an honest portrayal of mental illness and how it affects every aspect of modern day living. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder plays a pivotal role in this heroine’s life and S.Walden has created a full-embodied read that captures the perfect balance between sexy, emotional, heart-breaking and funny. Suffice to say, this book has it all!
The synopsis explains Lovelines storyline and vibe perfectly, so I’m not going to write a full overview of the plot itself, but would like to touch upon what made this book work for me, and that was the selflessness of this wonderful hero, Reece.
From a state foster kid to successful marketing extraordinaire to finding solace within the arms of a girl whose life has been thwart with complications since the age of six, his character was faultless. I loved every scene where Reece featured. He exuded sex appeal but with a controlling yet fun-loving side, and he gave hope to Bailey when she had almost given up on the idea of a future that didn’t consists of counting steps, tapping pens and living by the tick of a clock.He gave her a new focus, gave her strength in love and hope in second-chances and I believed every word he said.
Retro, funky, cute ‘Be’boppin’ Bailey is certainly a complex character, whose plight made for an interesting and refreshing read. Many coin the phrase ‘OCD’ when it comes to clean houses and meticulous planning but actually, OCD is a very real, very distressing illness that can have a profound impact on everyday life. The little things that many of us take for granted, such as acting in spontaneity, is an anxiety attack just waiting to happen for real sufferers and S.Walden incorporated all these elements within this heartfelt and deeply compelling love story.
Lovelines shared moments of pure perfection, followed closely by surmounting pressure from others, family hardships and personal set-backs; giving a very real impression of the challenges they both faced which made for an enjoyable and very emotional read.
I did feel myself waning a little near the 30% mark as Lovelines is somewhat of a slow-builder. I don’t think it needed to be quite as drawn out in those earlier scenes, although it did give great insight to the characterisation of not just Bailey, but some interesting secondary characters too. And the alternating 1st person POV to 3rd was off-putting at times, but overall, a 'phablous' story.
This is a standalone read with a concluded ending. The epilogue hints as to which couple book two will be focusing on, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Emma - 3.5 Crowns
This is the 1st book I have read from author S. Walden...
Lovelines is book 1 in The Wilmington Saga
This is the is the story of Bailey...
Bailey is a 31 year old proof reader with a love for all things vintage. Unlucky in love but lucky in friendship Bailey is a eager to settle down and share her life with a man able to but up with the complications being with her brings. The problem though is tougher than most men can deal with because Bailey has OCD.. and not a mild case, no Bailey's case is pretty full on and her life revolves around her need to count steps and do things to a schedule.
Reece is new to Wilmington and spots 'Behoppin Bailey' (as he christens her) whilst working at his new job in the same company. He is instantly drawn to her, so he pursues her against the company policy and seems to be able to accept her and her tics. Everything goes well until tragedy strikes - will Reece be able to live with Bailey as her OCD overtakes her life and controls there happiness together? I will leave you to read so you can find out... ;)
Bailey is a great character, she struggles on a daily basis to control her tics will give you nothing but sympathy for her when faced with the challenges she has in everyday life. Reece for me though is the star of this book. He is just lovely... he is completely smitten with Bailey from the start and doesn't let Bailey's OCD intimidate or control his feelings towards her. He also has his own issues, related to the fact he spent his childhood moving from foster home to foster home, never having a family or place to call his own.
The other characters in this book are also pretty cool. Erica, Baileys best friend is a mother of 2 young kids and I completely connected with the trials she has both as a mother, wife to Noah and as a supportive friend to Bailey. Also, you have Christopher, their mutual work colleague who initially discourages their relationship, but becomes a shoulder for both of them. Camden is Reece's best friend and is the nearest to family he has, he is great... a straight talking joker, who delivers some some great LOL scenes. And finally, Bailey's Family who she has a mixed and complicated relationship with. Her Mother and Sister Nikki, don't understand her OCD and struggle to connect with her or just use it for their advantage. Then you have her father.. they are 2 peas in a pod, best friends really and completely connected through the OCD condition they both struggle with.
This is a light hearted chick-lit romance with a serious undertone. The OCD really takes a central role in this book. The author has highlighted the seriousness that this condition deserves, but she has also been able to combine it into a light, humorous, sexy and sweet read.
I enjoyed this book, the characters and subject matter. However, I did feel that it dragged at times and focused too much on the secondary characters. This preventing you reading more about Bailey and Reece and their growing relationship and that disappointed me a little. Don't expect any real angst in this book, but you can expect emotion, fun, laughs and a little steam.
The last chapter reveals the characters and subject matter for Book 2. I liked this opening and look forward to the sequel, I think it could be an emotional instalment!!