Book 4, Iron Orchids
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations…
He wore suits and I wore biker boots.
He went to University and I went to Trade school.
He lived in a big home and I lived in a tiny apartment.
When my world was turned upside down,
he took me in his arms and promised to help me find a new direction.
Now I’ve lost my job,
been separated from my friends,
and any day an eviction notice was bound to show up.
Unfortunately, my journey was tougher than he had imagined.
When nothing goes right, look who’s left.
Strong woman vs adversity
This story is about Leo and Ian, if you haven’t read the saga (do it!) I can tell you that Ian is Greek and he has 3 brothers and is really close to them. Also he has a cousin named Sophie who is Leo’s BFF, so they have known each other for a long time now. The book starts with Ian youngest brother’s wedding, marring one of Leo’s friends so as part of the wedding party they are paired together for the night. After that day, Leo’s life starts to get way out of control, real fast real hard.
The plot was really interesting, you can figure out what is happening real quickly, but still the development of the book is really nice and smooth. Ian and Leo’s relationship was really cute! I loved Ian because he is quirky and doesn’t know how to express himself but one thing that he is sure about is his feelings.
One of my favorite quotes: “At that moment I was looking at the truest side of Leo, one that I had never seen. It wasn’t the clothes because I could tell that she wasn’t comfortable in what she was wearing but it was her subtle open vulnerability that she showed whether she knew it or not, and I liked it.”
I know right! How can you not love this guy?
Leo is amazing… her life is falling apart, she is separated from her chosen family, she loses her job and because of that she is practically broke (or soon to be) but she holds her head high and never let that define her or change her convictions. She is such an inspiration of a strong and rightful woman.
I loved Ringo, he is such an addition to the gang and I loved all of the secondary characters in the story and cannot wait to read about some of them!
This is a sweet and sexy read that you cannot miss!
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
This was a great addition to the Iron Orchids series featuring Leo (female) and Ian. From the start of the prologue until the end, I was entertained. As a slow burn romance lover, I surprisingly liked that the romance moved forward kind of quickly and allowed for a fun mystery. The mystery was my hook and while I was intrigued, I was also just as frustrated as Leo with all of the suspicions pointing to her involvement. It was a nice chance that the story conflict laid mostly on the mystery, rather than between Ian and Leo. While I loved Ian, I struggled with Leo's personality. She wasn't dynamic enough as a main character to stand out among the secondary characters. Regardless of their smaller roles, I felt like the more lively Iron Orchids, Ian and his family members often outshined Leo. Overall, I was kept entertained by the mystery and Ian's swoon-worthy hero. (This is my voluntary and unbiased review of an advanced copy of Often.)
As with all of the books in this series I love Often. All of the books center around two main characters with all of the secondary characters making appearances and adding humor to the plot. This book centers around Leo (an Iron Orchid) and Ian (a Christakos brother). Leo has always been on the periphery of the Christakos family with Sophie being her best friend and she has always had a crush on Ian. She has an unrequited crush/love until Ian finally “sees” her at his brother’s wedding that’s when their relationship takes off with some major bumps in the road. All of the Iron Orchids rally around Leo. Will they be able to solve the problems with the deputy’s motorcycles before someone is killed?
Ms. Norman will pull on your heartstrings with this book. I felt so bad for Leo and how her mother took out her short comings on her. And then Ian didn’t “see” her growing up. Pull out the tissues this was a tear jerker for me.