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Monday, August 7, 2017

Courtney Walsh: Just Look Up

By Kelly Bridgewater

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

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My Thoughts:

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh is a predictable and unoriginal contemporary romance. From the first chapter, I was introduced to the main character Lane Kelley and understand her drive to succeed at her interior design career. As the story gently unfolds, I am introduced to the Kelley's family and Ryan Brooks. I learn about what makes Lane tick even though Walsh does a good job at hinting at the dilemma from Lane's past without actually telling us what made her want to run away from home as soon as she started college. As for Ryan, he needed parents and the Kelley's jump right into to provide the home he was looking for. Ryan and Lane are thrown together when they try to work on a renovation project together. Both of the characters transform and allow their walls to fall by the end of the novel. The plot was predictable. They met. They remember the fond feelings. They argue. They laugh. Emotions. Kiss. Together forever. Just Look Up is a good novel for fans of contemporary romances, but for me it was slow, and I knew how the end was going to happen before the end.

I received a complimentary copy of Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh from Tyndale Publishing, and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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