“Love By George” by Robert Taylor

 photo LovebyGeorgeeimage_zpsc996072d.jpgLove by George is the story of poet Hope and online dating mogul George.

Both at risk of joining the terminally single, they stumble upon love the old-fashioned way – by chance – after being pulled for the same random drug and alcohol test.

Struggling with the paltry income from her greeting card business, Hope accepts a position at Love by George, Chicago’s premier dating service. She makes an immediate impression on George, the company’s founder, a bachelor torn between the pursuit of wealth and feeling truly alive.

On New Year’s Eve, it happens: midnight passion, long in the making, caught on camera. The consequences of a single kiss were never weighed, let alone the PR ramifications of one after another after another. Now what? One thing is certain: With the Paparazzi lurking, George’s next move will be no secret. Will their first intimacy be their last?

I received a copy of the book from the author, Robert Taylor, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

The book opens with Hope remembering a couple of horrible dates with men she initially thought were measuring up to her ideal man, but then failed for one reason or the other.  One guy was a total jerk when she ordered Alfredo, note to men, NEVER get in between a girl and her food!  The other date gone wrong, includes a hilarious reaction to his job and popcorn!!

Robert Taylor had told me this book was “Vanilla”, so to keep that in mind while I read it.  I think knowing I loved Erotica, he felt my review might be slightly swayed by this detail.  This was months ago.  I’d actually forgotten all about that conversation until the next day when I was reminiscing about the story.  THAT alone tells you how great this book is!  I didn’t even notice there wasn’t sex involved! It was a straight up, sweet and innocent love story.

There were so many elements of this story that were endearing.  The characters were real, there was no embellishment used or needed to make this story wonderful.  The characters had personalities that made you love them or hate them.

Hope was a strong lady and was someone I could relate to.  I loved Ted.  He was a typical crabby, yet tender hearted older man, April was the comical best friend and George was rich and sexy, but grounded and loveable.  Paige was the character you loved to hate.

The incident with the white candle was hilarious!!  I love candles so I could TOTALLY see myself doing that!!

“Love By George” is a book for anyone who loves a story with Romance.  Robert Taylor proves you don’t have to have sex to make it a beautiful love story.  He takes you through the emotional steps of finding that special someone.  The looking, the failing, the finding and the falling.

To put it quite simply, “Love By George” by Robert Taylor reminds us love isn’t about finding the perfect person.  It’s about finding the perfect person for YOU.

Considering this is Robert Taylor’s first book, he hit the ground running and there is only one way to go…up.  He’s an extremely gifted author who is obviously a romantic at heart.  It’s not often you see a man writing love stories and it’s even more rare for one to be this good at it.  I look forward to reading many more books by this extremely talented author!!

~Robin Malone

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Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 9
  • Style – 10
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 49 Points

Rating – 5 Stars!