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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
Love Stories Are… is the second book in the Goodroe Brothers series by Katharine M Sweet. Although it picks up the story from where the first book ended, it nevertheless serves as a standalone novel. Vinnie Goodroe has written a book based on his brother’s unusual love story but is reluctant to publish it, fearing his family’s reaction. Realizing that the book has enormous potential, Anna Kane, his editor, tries her best to convince him otherwise. To explain their frequent meetings, Vinnie introduces Anna to his family as his love interest. While Anna has no qualms about this ruse, she must ignore her real feelings. Vinnie also must suppress his emotions as he considers himself unworthy of Anna. Can the duo remain professional and not give in to their attraction to each other? How will the Goodroe family react if they ever get wind of the ruse - or worse - the book?
Love Stories Are… is much more than a simple romantic story. Instead of investing in mushy scenes and corny dialogues, Katharine M Sweet delved into the characters' psychology. Her characters are diverse and lovable, and each possesses a unique personality. I admired Anna for her fiercely independent and assertive nature as much as for her loving and nurturing self. Slightly awkward and a champion overthinker, Vinnie stole my heart by being a perfect gentleman. Meticulous, thoughtful, and respectful of boundaries, he was a dream character. I loved how Sweet did not hesitate to show their weak and vulnerable sides, making them utterly realistic. She took time to develop the chemistry and did not rush any scene. Self-acceptance was a prominent theme of the book, showing that our past did not define our present. Despite coming from broken homes or suffering through horrible childhood, each member stepped up to build a loving family together. While the family’s shady past added tension and conflict, the unique chapter titles kept me anticipating. Many other relevant themes, such as misogyny, racial discrimination, and male dominance in corporate worlds, came up in the story. I recommend Love Stories Are… to anyone who loves a wholesome book.