Book Review, Giveaway: Made for Us by Samantha Chase 2

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Title: Made For Us

Author: Samantha Chase

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers, Book 1

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Summary

Can’t make time for love?
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he’d like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?

She’ll show him how to find it
Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it’s not easy to break down walls you’ve spent years building up. Now there’s a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.

 

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My Rating:

4 hearts

 

Favorite Quotes:

 

“Meticulous was a word that was often thrown around when people talked about him.  It didn’t bother him.  Much.  Meticulous could be a good thing, if his brothers didn’t add ‘anal retentive control freak’ to it all the damn time.”

 

“For those keeping count, I’ve lost my mother, my house, and the dog.  Fanfreakingtastic.”

 

“Too bad there weren’t such things like possible future-relationships-material goggles or something.  She’d definitely invest in a pair of those.”

 

“And then it wasn’t funny anymore.  It was very serious.  It was everything.”

 

“So she did the only thing one could possibly do in a situation like this – she opened up the carton of ice cream she’d purchased, made a plan of attack, and vowed to keep moving forward.”

 

“I wanted you from the first moment I laid eyes on you.  Every time I look at you, I feel myself struggling with my self-control.”

 

My Review:

 

Made for Us was my first Samantha Chase read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but found it to be a sweet and moving contemporary love story.  Written in third person it was easy to follow, squeezed my heart several times, and was tame enough for my elderly mother’s book club – although she would be quick to remind me – this would not be shared with her “Sunday School ladies” as the characters do engage in behind closed doors sex after all.  Both characters, Zoe and Aiden, are stubborn and don’t express their feelings well, so their relationship status is up and down, on and off and a bit angsty at times, mainly due Aiden’s jackassary.  Although he torments himself as much as he upsets her with his tendency to run-away and shut down.    But keep in mind that Zoe is a red-head and is almost as obstinate as Aiden.  But poor Zoe has the worst luck, and calamitous events just keep happening to her.  The first in a series but a stand-alone story on its own – which is something I greatly appreciate.

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Meet the Shaughnessy Brothers

 

This month, bestselling author Samantha Chase launches her new contemporary romance series the Shaughnessy Brothers. In the series starter, MADE FOR US, readers are introduced to the five amazing Shaughnessy brothers–each more successful than the last. From a building contractor, to a scientist, to a former racecar driver, and even a rock star, these brothers are as different as can be, but also extremely close. Losing their mother early in their lives solidified the brotherly bond and helping raise their baby sister also brought them together. But with their sister raised and careers in order it is time for the next phase in their lives. And while these brothers might not be looking for happily-ever-afters, romance is looking for them! Below get to know each of these sexy Shaughnessys starting with Aidan from MADE FOR US.

 

Name: Aidan Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Building Contractor                             

Height: 6’2

Hair Color:  Dark Brown               

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 34

 

What makes you the perfect date?

 

No one – including myself – has ever said that!  But if I had to say something, it would be that I like to take care of all the details so that my date doesn’t have to worry about a thing.

 

What do you look for in a woman?

 

Typically someone strong and independent but also enjoys being taken care of.

 

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: 

 

I’m a bit of a control freak – or so I’ve been told!  I’m hard working and know exactly what I want out of life.  I can be quiet and observant – a bit of a people watcher.  I don’t enjoy crowds very much.  I prefer if I’m out, to be out in a small group or with one person.

 

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Name: Hugh Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Luxury Resort Owner/Designer                     

Height: 6’3

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 32

 

What makes you the perfect date?

 

I am extremely attentive.  I believe in taking a woman out for a romantic dinner with dancing and candlelight and making her feel like she is the most important thing in the world.

 

What do you look for in a woman?

 

She’s intelligent and easy to talk to but who isn’t looking for forever.  I travel a lot and she would need to be understanding of that.

 

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: 

 

I’m a really regimented man.  I mean really.  I like things done a certain way and I’m a stickler for routines and schedules.  Some say I’m overly cautious – in every aspect of my life – but that doesn’t mean that I’m boring.  I have an appreciation for the finer things and I’m outgoing and enjoy being around people and making new friends.

 

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Name: Quinn Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Former Race Car Driver turned Automotive Restorer                          

Height: 6’

Hair Color:  Dirty Blonde

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 30

 

What makes you the perfect date?:  

 

I’m the fun one in the family.  I like to go out with a woman to a bar or someplace with loud music or find something athletic to do.  I want to be where the party is.

 

What do you look for in a woman?

 

I’ll admit to being a little shallow here – I am all about looks.  Tall, blonde, curvy…and that’s about it.

 

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

 

Like I said, I’m the fun one.  I am all about living life to the fullest.  I enjoy sports – all sports – and I hate to be idle.  Cars are my current passion and to me it’s go-big-or-go-home.  If I can’t succeed and excel at something, then it’s time to move on.  So far it’s worked for me.

 

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Name: Owen Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Astrophysicist       

Height: 6’

Hair Color:  Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 28

 

What makes you the perfect date?

 

I don’t really think I am.  I don’t believe perfect is something anyone can attain.  Dating really hasn’t been on my radar but when I do take a woman out, we usually talk about science.  And she’s normally a scientist so I guess you can say I make sure we talk about mutual interests.

 

What do you look for in a woman?

 

I spend a lot of my time trying to not be noticed.  But if I notice a woman, it’s usually because we’re both working together or studying together.  I look for someone who understands me.

 

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

 

Quiet.  Shy.  Socially awkward.  At least that’s how most people tell me I am.  I don’t think about it much.  I’m devoted to my field of study and helping others learn about astrophysics and it pretty much consumes all of my time and energy.

 

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Name: Riley Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Musician/Rock Star                             

Height: 6’

Hair Color:  Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 28

 

What makes you the perfect date?

 

When I’m out on a date with a woman, there is no one else in the world.  I put all of my attention on her and do my best to make sure that our date includes everything she wants.

 

What do you look for in a woman?

 

I used to be all about the looks – mainly because women were always chasing after me.  I had superficial relationships, now I look for a woman who sees more than a rock star, a celebrity.  I want to find someone who just sees me.

 

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

 

Confident.  Talented.  And currently, mildly insecure.  I have always loved music, loved to sing and if I couldn’t do that, I don’t know what I’d do with myself.  Music is just a part of me.  I put my partying ways behind me – not that I had much of one.  I’m just as comfortable on stage in front of thousands of people, as I am at home watching TV.

 

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Author Biography

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

 

Social Networking Links

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1250276.Samantha_Chase

 

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2 thoughts on “Book Review, Giveaway: Made for Us by Samantha Chase

  1. Reply Heather Aug 19,2015 12:56 am

    I just finished the Unexpected Series (up to book 3, waiting on book 4) by Claudia Y Burgoa. It features triplets and is an amazing series! <3

  2. Reply Lori Moore Aug 19,2015 8:06 am

    Sounds good

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