REVIEW: Reasons Not To Fall In Love by Kristy Moseley

Published: June 6, 2014

Publisher: Carina

Format: Ebook (Kindle) courtesy of publisher

Pages: 81 pages


3/5 Stars

Right Man, Wrong timing!

Young mum Bronwyn Reynolds is devoted to her little boy Theo, but she’s married to a not so devoted husband! Juggling two jobs to make ends meet, Bronwyn’s self-esteem is at an all-time low.

Enter Harrison Baxter.

Harrison is confident, flirty and breathtakingly handsome – and everything Bronwyn’s husband is not! What’s worse is that she knows every sexy thought about him is forbidden, which makes him all the more tempting.

The only woman that ladies’ man Harrison has ever wanted is one he can never have. Bronwyn has left her mark on him, and he can’t get her out of his mind no matter how hard he tries!

Bronwyn and Harrison have every reason not to fall in love, but are they brave enough to break all the rules?

For fans of The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window , this short story is unputdownable!


Reasons Not To Fall In Love was a quick and entertaining read from a much loved and respected author, Kristy Moseley. Albeit a bit slow to start – I admit to struggling with this part of the book – it is a sweet tale of two people learning about who they are and what they mean to each other. It’s not a fairytale fluffy book that is full of disney-isms and false hopes, but rather a true to life tale of how a young woman overcomes her circumstances and changes her life for the better. And for that alone, I can’t praise this book enough.

Perhaps my favourite part of this short narrative was the playful banter employed by the author through the characters of Bronwyn and Harrison. As soon as the two meet, their characters come to life, and literally jump of the page in a friendly and engaging way. In many ways it’s as though the characters themselves don’t have a life or personality until they meet; which would make sense, I guess, since Harrison isn’t introduced until then and Brownyn is struggling with her lot in life. I also loved the relationship explored through the mother and son relations of Bronwyn and Theo as Theo grows up in a world his mother would rather he not see. The pair are so protective of each other, and their love for one another and the bond they share is beautiful. I challenge anyone not to smile at teenage Theo’s antics and his Mother’s reactions.

The massive time jumps worked against the story in my mind, as it made the story a bit jumpy and rushed and yet I understand why they were necessarily to the story. Reasons Not To Fall In Love is the tale of eight years or so in Bronwyn’s life, and in order to show the depths of despair, her highest highs and the middle ground of her emotions, and to justify the characters actions and reactions, we need to see all these sides and times of Bronwyn’s life. But I dunno, it didn’t flow as nicely as I would have like – but then again neither did Bronwyn’s life for her, and perhaps that is the point after all.

What I did enjoy however was the life infused in the second half of the story. While the narrative starts of dreary and depressing with Bronwyn’s miserable life, it is slow to read and thus somewhat frustrating. But as Brownyn starts make her own choices, and become her own person, so does her character and the narrative quickly takes off. So much so that I only with the narrative was a bit longer!

Overall an enjoyable read that is sure to make a hopeless romantic night.


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