Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers #1)

madecover61676-mediumAuthor: Samantha Chase

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: Sourcebooks and Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: Can’t make time for love?

The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful—and still single. Sure, he’d like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?

She’ll show him how to find it

Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it’s not easy to break down walls you’ve spent years building up. Now there’s a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.


Review: This book had all the components of a great series that would usually set my reader’s heart aflutter. There were several brothers–guaranteed longevity!!–and a sister to keep the series going. They were all good-looking. Tragic past? Yep. Everything you need for a great romantic series right there.

Aidan Shaughnessy is the oldest of six kids in his family. His mother had died when he was a teenager–after promising to always be there to help him find the perfect woman. Years have passed and he’s still alone, but that’s okay. He’s got his dad and his sister there for him every Friday night for pizza. His construction company is really successful and even if he feels alone sometimes, for the most part he’s okay.

Zoe Dalton moved to the beaches of North Carolina to make a dream of her mother’s come true. Her mom had never seen the ocean or been on a beach in her whole life–in fact, she’d never left the state of Arizona. So Zoe vowed on her mom’s death bed that she would make the trip for her. But she’s running into a lot of dead ends in North Carolina and she’s not sure if leaving all her friends and the comfort of familiar surroundings was the right thing to do. 

When Zoe and Aidan meet on the job-site of one of his latest custom homes, it’s a veritable smack-down. Zoe’s an interior designer, and the company she works for has screwed up the colors on the house–and her boss has sent her on an emergency mission.  She’s got to fix the problem, keep the firm’s contract, and make the client happy again. She does just that–and intrigues him at the same time, by being even MORE meticulous than he is! Over the next few weeks, as they fight their attraction and gradually give in, she realizes there’s more to this perfectionist than first meets the eye.

I really struggled with this book. While I really liked a lot of the components, the whole just never gelled for me. I had a hard time with the way they communicated and the logic of their thinking; and Aidan’s behavior felt really immature and hard to reconcile with his age. The back and forth made me think that maybe there wasn’t even going to be a happy ending. Not my favorite kind of romance.

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