Devastated by R. L. Mathewson: My Review

Check out my review of R.L. Mathewson’s latest in a new series, Devastated. See what I think of this grumpy sunshine romance below!

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Romance Book Review of Devastated by R.L. Mathewson by She Reads Romance Books

by R.L. Mathewson

Series: Anger Management
Contemporary Romance
Tags: Office Romance, Slow Burn

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Rating: ★★★

Overall, I’d say this was a good read to start off a new series by R.L. Mathewson. I was pretty desperate for a new one of her books since it had been awhile.

I’ve loved her Neighbor From Hell series with its quirky hilarity and steaminess, so I wasn’t quite sure how I’d like this different angle to this new series.

Yet, as she writes in a letter at the beginning of the book, the people in this series have been through the wringer but the books focus on their resilience and happy-ever-after versus their devastation so I was all in.

What I Liked

I love romance books where the angered, stoic alpha male is brought to heel by the heroine.

Hunter O’Mallery is definitely one angered man in this book and I’ll admit a bully at the beginning to poor Kylie – his new live-in assistant for his term of house arrest.

And, the beginning kind of gave me a The Wall of Winnipeg and Me vibe which was great.

His turn around just seems to happen where Kylie is concerned but from then on I loved him – his patience and care with her and his understanding of where she was coming from endeared me to him.

I loved his careful interactions with her and his protection.

However, we really don’t get much of Hunter’s background (though his anger is briefly explained).

I guess I expected more to him and his turn around given the series name but it more turned into a “save Kylie” story.

My Hang Ups

Although I liked the story overall, there were a few things that didn’t sit right while reading this book.

  • At times the transitions were just….odd. Point of views would change and the focus of the plot would change so the story didn’t always flow smoothly.
  • There seemed like a lot of repetition in the beginning which got old but worked itself out as the story went on.
  • I wasn’t really sure what the ultimate goal of the story was. Obviously it was a happy-ever-after for Hunter and Kylie but there lacked a resolution with Kylie’s issues and Hunter’s anger issues, but I guess that didn’t detract from the HEA.

That being said, I’m glad that I read it, but it was just good when it could have been great.

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