Series: Bower Boys #1
Published by Montlake on 6th September 2022
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Growing up, I had it all—my art, close friends, a gorgeous girlfriend who owned my heart—but then my life exploded.
Turns out my father was laundering money, and my whole family got shoved into witness protection. No notice. No chance to explain. I was ripped away from beautiful, blue-eyed Delilah Moon, shattering both our worlds.
A decade later, fate has given us a second chance.
The cartel my father worked for has been wiped out. I’ve returned to my hometown, determined to win back the love of my life. But Delilah is engaged.
Or . . . is she?
I’m almost positive she’s lying about her fiancé to protect her heart. Which means I need to up my game.
I’ve made a list of fifty ways to prove we’re meant to be. Except Delilah’s barely looking at me, never mind swooning. I have a feeling my disappearance scarred her more than she’s admitting, and no one in town will tell me what happened . . .
Written entirely in the male protagonist’s POV, ’50 Ways to win back your Lover’ is sort of an exercise in grovelling when you’ve disappeared for a decade without an explanation in the dead of night only to reappear when the circumstances magically turn your way. Starting with a checklist of things to do in order to erase the trauma of your disappearance.
At least, that’s what Edgar Bower–or better known as E–is facing in life after WITSEC. Making amends is probably one of the hardest things to do as he determinedly sets out to win back the love of his life, ploughing through all obstacles as hard as he can just to get near Delilah Moon. But people’s memories aren’t short in the small town of Windfall and E has a lot to do just to get back to where he thought he’d been all those years ago, and apparently, as do the rest of his family.
I found myself part bemused and amused at Edgar’s odd train of thoughts at times–he wins hands down at the kind of pursuit most women would probably dream about, but little goes down in the first half of the book except for a lot of near-hysterical monologue about his current and past circumstances, some flashbacks about his and Delilah’s history and how good they’d been together.
The subtle and unexpected bursts of humour had me smirking at times–that part made the read worth it–but I also cringed when it lobbed itself from romantic to cheesy from one moment to the next. As far as beta-type heroes go, E isn’t at all a bad one and I liked his quirky, artistic and sensitive side that’s seen throughout the story–it’s a kind of softness and a breath of fresh air that is often missing from the muscly, reckless sort.
But Siskind doesn’t stop there at E’s and Delilah’s somewhat rushed HEA, as this is clearly also the set up for a series to come as this broken family tries to mend itself after ten long years of separation from their old lives. In short, it’s in no way a bad read at all with a promise of more of this family in the future but I think I did expected a little more drama and action (higher peaks, lower troughs) perhaps instead of a more talked-over, babbling kind of narrative where there were more instances of telling rather than showing.