This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
About The Book
For Regan Penhaligon, there’s no better place to run to than the exclusive Ardnoch Estate in the remote Scottish Highlands. Her impulsive behavior has finally caught up with her and Regan’s visit with her sister, Robyn, is an opportunity to hide from someone who has grown dangerously obsessed with her.
Determined to make amends for her mistakes, Regan plans to repair her relationship with Robyn by staying close. And when an offer of help comes from Thane Adair, Regan gratefully accepts.
Widower, Thane, needs a new nanny housekeeper for his two young children and when they bond with Regan Penhaligon, he offers her the job. But as the weeks pass and the complex American reveals who she really is, Thane struggles with his growing attraction to her.
Regan never expected to feel so intensely for Thane, but she can’t deny her passion for him or her love for his children. When someone from Thane’s past threatens his family, Regan wants to be his pillar of support. However, his continued inability to trust her might just destroy their chance at future happiness… and the person who drove Regan to Ardnoch might snuff out her chance for any future at all.
There With You is the second book in the Adair Family series and after loving the first book I was more than ready to get this book read and I am so happy that I finally picked it up. I had some reservations concerning this heroine, as I didn’t receive the best impression of her in the first book. But from the first chapter, I knew that this book would work for me and yeah I was right on that because this book was everything that I could have hoped for and more.. I don’t know what it is about this series that just works for me, but they are becoming some of my favorites of this authors work and she has some great past work I have loved dearly. I really was intrigued by the heroine though, and she definitely isn’t a character you expect and she has more depth and layers to her personality than you would expect. This is a boss/employee relationship and it definitely worked for me, I felt like it was written really well and their relationship isn’t rushed and you definitely get plenty of development for it to work and not feel off for the reader and plus we have some adorable kids that just added a lightness to the story that offered balance.
Regan Penhaligo, is on the run after having to avoid a stalker and almost rapist who has formed a weird obsession with her. She has avoided her sister long enough, and she travels to Scotland to find her and repair the damage that she has caused to their relationship. When she arrives in Scotland, she gets a less than warm welcome, which she knows that she deserves. But then she meets Thane, her future brother-in-law’s brother who is a widow with two young children and is on the hunt for a nanny. Regan spent years as a nanny and she connects with the children just perfectly and she begins her new job as the many to Thane’s children. Regan and Thane begin a journey together, that will benefit the children. But as they spend more time together, there is more than slowly grows between Regan and Thane, something they both try to avoid to maintain a professional relationship, but they know what is between them is special and not one to be taken lightly. Even though they know their families will frown down on a relationship between them, they build in secret even knowing how forbidden it is, but as they build a trust between them, their pasts will come to haunt them, and will they be able to survive the coming tide of danger and drama that is heading their way and will their love be strong enough or will it break under the pressure?
What I Loved
There were so many elements I really loved about this book. The first is the humor, the way that the heroine gets dropped into Scotland and can’t understand the heavy accents (which I found hilarious she didn’t even know the meaning of “ken”), and then we have the light nature of joy that the two children really bring to the story was so precious, (And YES I love kids in romance especially when they are written well and doesn’t take away from the romance), then we have the beautiful scenery and culture of Scotland that is so beautifully captured. Its not surprise as the author is originally from Scotland. Then we have the forbidden romance between Thane and Regan which I LOVED this. I love a forbidden love, and knowing that their relationship was heading into something more just really worked. It didn’t feel iffy or weird or wrong at all, because you see how much they fight to maintain that professionalism but that what they have towards each other is mutual and they make sure the kids come first and are the priority and I really liked seeing that. They definitely have some hills of struggle to work through as trying to work through the forbidden aspects of their relationships isn’t easy at all and they both have struggles they need to overcome. I really felt like the suspense element wasn’t as strong as I was expecting it to be but when it does build into the story and happen, it definitely had me on edge. This story had me in my feels and I just couldn’t put it down and as it’s a 12-hour audiobook and I listened to it in ONE day should tell you how much I was hooked on this one.
What I Struggled With
There was only one issue I really had with this story that kept it from a full five-star which is the element of the hero and the way in which he pushes away Regan. Her mother is a piece of work and Thane really is cruel pushing her away toward the end of the story I really didn’t like how he let her mother have him push Regan out of his life and his children’s life so completely without thinking it through and letting the shame override what he knew in his heart.
The narrator for this book and this series has been doing such a tremendous job in capturing the perfect feel of the book and portraying it so well to the reader. She also has such a beautiful voice and really handles the accents very well and she is just right in capturing the right personalities for the characters.
There With You is a majestic contemporary romance with a hint of suspense in the beautiful lands of Scotland that captures the beauty and essence of the land and culture, builds a beautiful emotional forbidden love, and a story bound to keep you all over your emotions and leave you satisfied in the end!
Title: There With you
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Hoopla Digital
Length: 12 Hours & 45 Mins
About the Narrators
Charlotte North has narrated numerous romance and erotica titles for various publishers. She’s a hopeless romantic at heart and adores telling stories that peek into what goes on “behind closed doors.”
Storytelling Quality: 4.5
Story Itself: 4.5
Character Development: 5
Writing Style: 5
World Building 5
Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.5
Cover Art 5
Rating of the Book
Simmering cup of tea—soft warm touches and light intimacy
Warmin’ by the fire- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.
Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.
Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.
Here With Me-Pub 2021 #1 in the Series
There With You-Pub 2021 #2 in the Series
Always You-Pub 2022 #3 in the Series
Be With Me-Pub 2022 #4 in the Series
About The Author
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She’s been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.
She resides in Scotland.