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Review by Anniek
Connor is the youngest of the nine Adler children. He is always the last one to arrive and he's been spoiled by the rest of his family. After the help of his sister-in-law, Jane, Connor has grown up and found meaning in his life. He took over a landscaping business and is doing really well. When Gina walks in at a family party Connor can't take his eyes off her. He isn't looking for love, but could Gina be the one who will change his mind?
Gina has been scarred by a traumatic event, something that was done to her by the first man she ever had a relationship with. Gina has always been a good girl and a great student, but because of her sheltered life she's also a bit naïve. Unfortunately she paid a high prize for this. After graduating she already had plans to go and stay with her aunt Milly. Filled with panic Gina bought the earliest plane ticket she could find to outrun her worst fears. When Connor offers her a job, Gina is over the moon. Will she be able to overcome the anxiety that's a result of what's happened to her?
Connor got into a lot of trouble when he was younger, but no matter what he did, he was always loved by his family. Now that he has his own company he feels the responsibility and the need to succeed. Being the youngest sibling myself, I found it easy to connect with Connor. He's such a sweetheart and I loved the way he is as a boss. He treats everybody with respect and will help in any way he can. He is incredibly patient with Gina and comforts her when she needs it, which is something I really liked about his character. Connor knows what it feels like to be loved unconditionally and it warmed my heart that he was willing to give this to Gina as well.
Gina is such a kind person. Even after being damaged she still cares for people and tries to help her aunt Milly. Gina is smart and she's a very talented landscape artist. She deserves every chance she gets and she works hard for everything and earns her way. Gina doesn't have a bad bone in her body and it pained me that she got hurt so badly because of her big heart. She's insecure at times and I loved that Connor helped her to see her true self. Gina is a beautiful person inside and out and I desperately wished for her to find her happily ever after.
Should I Stay or Should I Go is the fourth book in the Adler series. I must say that I love them all. Every person in this family is worth reading about, because they all bring so much to the table. I find the dynamics within a big family intriguing and the fact that Anita Louise has her own personal role model family shows through in every story. The Adler family has a special place in my heart and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Anita Louise has gotten me hooked ever since Just The Way You Are and I'm glad that there are so many family members she still has to write about. I absolutely love these charming stories.
Should I Stay or Should I Go is a beautiful and heartwarming story about opening up for love. If you love to read about big families I would highly recommend the Adler series.
About Anita Louise
Anita’s husband comes from a large and loving family of nine children, and they were the inspiration for the Adler Family Series. She’s always been an avid reader of love stories, and her passion for romance found another outlet when she discovered how much fun it was to write about her own smart and sexy heroes and heroines.
She is also an ardent and devoted student of personal development. Weaving the life changing principles that guided her to the love of her life and to a happy marriage is an important aspect of all of her books.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Since I am the author of romance novels, it helps that I’ve always been a romantic. Cinderella and Prince Charming have lived with me since I was a child, and I see them almost every day. My own life has been the stuff of fairy tales, and I’ve played the role of both the damsel in distress and the fair maiden who wins the heart of the prince. After coming through the distress of an abusive marriage, I am now married to my loving and handsome husband. I’ve had more than enough and have also been a single Mom who lost her home and struggled to keep food on the table for her children. I am who I am today because of all of those experiences, and I’m grateful for everything and everyone who has touched my life.
2. What makes your heart beat faster?
I’m not an adrenaline junkie, so you won’t hear me talking about my hair-raising experiences. Although, I did take a white water rafting trip that certainly had my heart pumping! However, from my perspective as a romantic, seeing or even thinking about that” special someone” can usually be counted on to bring a smile to my face and cause a flutter (or more) in my heart.
3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?
Ahhh, romance. The best day starts by cuddling up to the man I love. There’s just something special about being held in his strong arms and feeling the beat of his heart next to mine. I love to eat, and breakfast is one of my favorite meals. If truth be told, every meal has something good to offer. :o) Having a cup of coffee and a sweet treat with my sweetie in the morning starts the day on a very nice note. If the weather is cooperative, I find a walk or a bicycle ride to be quite pleasant … and it also helps to work off that little morning indulgence. Sitting in a candlelit restaurant with soft music playing in the background is a wonderful way to wrap up the perfect romantic day. And it ends where it began … back in the arms of the man I love.
4. Who are your favorite romantic couple?
I still love Michael and Analese’s story in “A House is Not a Home” but Olivia and Tyler from “You Light Up My Life” have definitely won a place in my heart. There’s something to be said about a couple who has a long history. The bond created by many years of knowing each other—growing up together is something very special. It seems that for most people there is someone from their youth who always lingers in the back of the mind. What if?
5. Could you describe what romance means to you?
Romance is showing how much you care. Romance comes in all sizes, shapes and circumstances. Holding a door or pulling out a chair are old-fashioned courtesies often neglected in today’s world. Letting your special someone know you’re thinking about them by sending a quick text with a few x’s and o’s can warm a heart. Spending time together is critical. When you know a person well, you can show them how much you care in a million ways. To me, that is the essence of romance.
6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?
Not at all. As I mentioned earlier, I am a romantic at heart. Even as a child, I loved the stories of fair maidens and knights in shining armor, or damsels in distress who were saved by the handsome prince. I still enjoy reading other author’s stories of love and romance. I believe you find what you look for in life … what you focus on tends to become your reality. Romance surrounds us, and it is a pleasure to write about such a wonderful topic.
7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?
A gondola ride! My husband and I were walking through the Venetian in Las Vegas. Canals with singing gondoliers floated through the water. He took my hand, brought it to his lips and smiled. “Let’s go.” The memory still brings me joy. One day, we plan to go to Venice, Italy and create another memorable romantic experience.
8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?
Piano, violin, guitar … there are many instruments that lend themselves to beautiful music. Typically, the sounds are smooth and make you relax, breathe more slowly and deeply. There are also some song lyrics that can bring me to tears with their beauty.
9. Which country personifies romance for you and why?
With the gondola ride fresh in my mind, Italy is certainly near the top of the list. However, many of the tropical islands with their swaying palms and waves lapping up on sandy beaches also hold a romantic appeal. To me, romance can be found almost anywhere at any time.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently, I am working on the sixth book in The Adler Series. “The Things We Do for Love” is Luke and Shelly’s story. They are a couple who has known each other since they were teens, and an attraction was always there. However, the timing was never right. Also, ideas for Gabriella Adler’s love story have been popping into my head, so hers will likely be the one to follow. It is my plan to publish three more books in The Adler Series this year and complete the series in 2018.
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