4* for Learning to Live by Diana DeRicci ~ Reviewed by Paisley

Being a creature of habit I tend to read stories from authors I know and I will say that I am incredibly loyal.  Sort of like when I go into a Panda Express  – I always order the same thing – Orange Chicken and Chow Mein. No matter how many times the gal there has tried to tempt me with a toothpick to sample something new I am steadfast in my selection. So, when I got a chance to read something from an author I knew nothing about I was very proud that I took that toothpick and tried a big bite.

Diana DeRicci’s books were completely unknown to me. I have never read one of her many stories so I knew nothing of what to expect from the book Learning to Live.  I was so pleasantly surprised – she can write a really steamy, heartfelt love story!

DR_Learning_To_LiveTitle: Learning to Live

Author: Diana DeRicci

Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press

My Rating:  4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

The Great Kitchen Flood begins one man’s journey to find confidence and love.

Avery Storey has bought a house in a conscious effort to be more independent. Right before he moves in, the kitchen pipes malfunction. Lucky for him, one of his new neighbors is the same man Avery has begun to warm up to through his teller job. Gratefully, AJ comes to the rescue, because that’s what neighbors do. A little romance blooms between the two men. Unfortunately, AJ blows his chance when he learns Avery is thirteen years his junior. Hurting for the sweet man across the street, he’s forced to face what his life would be like without Avery at all, because being neighbors alone just would not be enough.

My View

If you’ve been reading my reviews it’s no secret that I love a romantic story. My tastes run the gambit from super smutty & gritty to very sweet & shiny.  I can enjoy books where the characters show a lot of sweetness and emotion (despite being men) and this one comes packed with tears and passion and lots of hugging.

Another one of my favorite themes is the younger man with someone more experienced. The 13 year age span between AJ & Avery is really interesting. Maybe it’s a throwback from my days of reading bodice rippers, but I still love it when a hero is rather innocent. I also have a serious soft spot for books where a hero is a bit insecure or self-conscious. I adore it when a shy, doubtful boy wins the heart of a big, strong handsome man.  In this book we get both, and although I had a time or two I wanted to reach through my eReader and pummel AJ, I was completely entertained throughout this story.

My only complaint – I wanted more!  I am really looking forward to reading the second book in the “Arbor Heights” series.

Buy Links:
MLR Books
All Romance

I would like to thank MLR Press for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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8 thoughts on “4* for Learning to Live by Diana DeRicci ~ Reviewed by Paisley

  1. If this is the first time you’ve read any of her work, you’ve got a lot of good books to catch up on. My favorite is The Charlie Factor. It has sequels but they’re not necessary to enjoy this one. It’s different from most of her books.

    This one is going on my wishlist and thank you for the review!

    • Hmm, I don’t think I’ve read her before, so I guess I’ll have many books to catch up with. I think someone rec’ed the Charlie Factor to me once in a challenge though and I didn’t get to it. boo, me. Gonna have to fix that!

  2. I’ve read a few things by her, and I have to say she’s hit or miss for me. Her books aren’t ever awful, but I either love them or they’re ok but kind of blah.

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