Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: Talk to Me by Stephanie Reid

Emily Simon is a good listener. Maybe a little too good. As a professional counselor who's been unintentionally clocking hours after work with her advice-seeking friends, Emily decides it's time to hang up the counselor hat when she's out of the office and make something happen in her own life. She has just two rules: No men with emotional baggage and no risk takers.

Bryan “Mac” McAvoy is tormented by the death of a teenage boy, shot during a robbery gone wrong, and fellow police officer, Sean Simon, is convinced his sister Emily is just the person to help Mac get back his edge.

With his dangerous vocation and giant suitcase full of guilt, Emily vows to steer clear and guard her heart. But when she receives a death threat from a deranged client, she finds that Mac may be the only man who can guard her life.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Talk to Me is Stephanie Reid’s debut novel and I think she did a fantastic job with Mac and Emily’s story.

Emily Simon is a counselor and loves to listen to people and help in any way that she can.  She is single and has basically put up a wall around her heart.  She lost her parents in a tragic accident and is afraid to fall in love for fear that she may lose them.  Her brother is a cop, which is just one more person that she needs to worry about.  Her brother’s best friend Mac, also a cop has been going through a rough time lately.  He feels guilty for an incident that happened over a year ago.  Mac doesn’t need help, doesn’t think he is suffering from PTSD and refuses to see a counselor.  Sean comes up with a plan in hopes of helping him.   He knows his sister is good at her job so without either one of them knowing it he sets them up to meet.  But before she meets Mac,  Sean explains his plan to Emily, which she thinks is completely ridiculous.  She is not pretending to date a man so she can to try to counsel him at the same time. 

The last year of Mac’s life has been filled with grief over the shooting of a young boy.  He doesn’t do relationships and had a terrible childhood.  His best friend thinks he needs help but he thinks otherwise.  But it is the guilt that has been eating at him.  It has caused him to feel like he is unworthy of love and a happily ever after. When Emily is faced with a dangerous situation he makes it his job to protect her.  As they start to spend more time together, feelings start to develop.  But there are a few things standing in their way.  Emily doesn’t date cops and Mac thinks that he doesn’t deserve her.  So what happens now?  Read it to find out!

Mac was such an amazing hero.  From the moment that they met you could feel the chemistry between them.  Mac had this undeniable need to protect Emily no matter what.  Yes she was his best friend’s sister but it was so much more than that.  He was so sweet, caring, fun and of course sexy.  I loved him with Emily and loved seeing how much he started to fall in love with her.  Emily was a great heroine and someone that I think people can relate to.  I loved her relationship with her brother and sister-in-law.  I understood her fears and felt her emotions with her. 

Talk to Me was a really great read.  There were moments where I laughed and some when I got a little teary eyed.  It had just the right amount of drama and suspense. Mac and Emily will make you smile.  I loved watching two people who were so guarded fall in love the way that they did.  Great job!  I think my only issue is that I am a sucker for an epilogue and wished that there was one.  But I loved it and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. 

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