Title: Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Source: Provided by Author
When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.
Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.
Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
Rose is a young woman who has put her life on hold. After her parents divorce when she was in high school her mother fell apart. Instead of college, Rose felt obligated to stay at home, get a job, and be there for her mother. Two years later, at age 20, Rose is still in the same place, living the same life. Her mother is emotionally dependent and manipulative, making Rose feel guilty for wanting more.
While enjoying a rare night out with best friend Dante, Rose meets Irish charmer Declan Connelly. Rose is smitten but reluctant to bring anyone into her insular life. A chance meeting a few days later brings them together again and so begins their relationship.
Something in the Air is a perfectly pleasant contemporary romance with a focus on living life on your own terms and following your heart. Rose was a self-sacrificing young woman who continued to put her perceived responsibility to her mother over her own wants and needs and fell victim to her mother's manipulations time and time again. I enjoyed seeing Rose begin to assert herself and start to push for a life separate from her mother. Of special note was her reconnection with her father (and his new wife). He provided a much needed perspective and was a positive influence in her life.
It was impossible not to fall for Declan. The guy had it all: Irish accent (yes, I absolutely heard his Irish brogue in my head as I read), handsome, thoughtful, compassionate, affectionate, generous. As much as I enjoyed him, I couldn't help but feel that he fell into the to-good-to-be-true category. The guy simply did not have a single fault. Similarly, Rose and Declan's relationship progressed at lightning speed and never had a single a hiccup. Finally, Rose's fight for independence came all too easily and with seemingly little effort. Solutions to problems like where to live, finding a new job, and an opportunity to travel were all dropped in her lap. Rose's growth didn't feel particularly hard won because of this.
Overall, Something in the Air was sweet and entertaining and there was plenty to enjoy - true friendship in the form of Dante, a loving father and step-mother, the swoony Declan, and the strong family ties between Declan, his aunt and cousin. Readers looking for something on the lighter side of contemporary romance will likely enjoy this one.