Review: Just To Be With You

JUST TO BE WITH YOU - Sheryl Lister
Harlequin Kimani/Romance
August 2014
Jennifer Brathwaite |  RATING: B+ 
SYNOPSIS: Gentle and compassionate teacher Janae Simms isn't looking for love-her heart has been broken one too many times, and she doesn't intend to relive that kind of pain. So when her best friend convinces her to let loose and attend a concert featuring R & B sensation Monte, all Janae expects is an evening of music and fun. But as soon as she hears his smooth, honeyed voice and they share a moment together backstage, Janae fears her heart is in danger once again.

Sometimes what you need is right in front of you but you’re blinded by what you think you want.

Regular girl Janae Simms meets music star Terrance “Monte” Campbell and the sparks are instantaneous. Despite their sizzling chemistry, trepidation exists on both sides as it relates to starting a serious relationship.  Janae isn’t keen on being the flavour of the month for a celebrity and Terrance has longstanding commitment issues.  Despite both of their apprehensions, the pull between them is too strong and what is supposed to be a casual relationship inspires serious feelings. Just when things seemingly can’t get any better, fear raises its head and threatens their relationship.  On his journey back to Janae Terrance learns a hard lesson and discovers the only thing worse than running from fear is giving into it.

The dialogue of JUST TO BE WITH YOU is fun and realistic. The conversations between Terrance and his friend Donovan or those between Janae and her friend Karen are teasing and familiar yet still loving and straightforward; exactly those you expect to be exchanged between long time friends.  Likewise banter between Terrance and Janae is sexy, sweet and romantic, showcasing the deepening of their feelings and the progression of their union.

All of the characters in the story are engaging even if not entirely necessary.  Janae’s brothers, while cute in their protectiveness of their baby sister, don’t really add anything to the story.  Likewise, Terrance’s secretary, although endearing in her mothering, isn’t necessary given his grandmother’s full and well-rounded presence in the text.

Overall JUST TO BE WITH YOU is very good.  Although a little predictable, it is romantic, light and an enjoyable read.  For me, it’s a buy.

5th September 2014 |