About the Book
Book: Shut the Front Door
Author: L.M. Karen
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: July 15, 2021
The zany story of an alpha male pursuing a headstrong woman and the hilarious entanglements that follow.
Maddy’s dating profile couldn’t be more together. Maddy, however, feels utterly not together when Derek is in the room. She thought living next to her best friend Brittany, (who happens to be married to her brother, Matt) would be the best move of her life; not realizing it came with the complication of Brittany’s older brother Derek. Their undeniable chemistry and passionate personalities make it hard for Maddy to continue ignoring his determined pursuit. This is a feel good romantic comedy with a hint of excitement.
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In My Opinion
I’m really torn on whether or not I enjoyed this book, so let’s just say I’m somewhere in the middle. Let me start by saying I have not read the first book in the series and may have written a completely different review had I met Maddie and Derek before they got their time in the spotlight.
Let’s start with the whole alpha male thing. Derek takes this to extremes. Alpha males can be protective of the women they care about without be overbearing and borderline obnoxious. Even when Derek apologizes for overstepping, he isn’t sincere. And some of his action border on illegal and stalkerish. At the same time, his pursuit of Maddie is a little endearing. He likes her. He made a mistake with her, and now he’s doing everything in his power to show her how he feels. Maybe my biggest issue with Derek is that while he’s recommitted his life to the Lord, he’s not trusting his relationship or Maddie to God.
Maddie also has some flaws. Mostly her fierce independence and her refusal to listen to reason from both Derek and her brother. But I loved her relationship with her nephew.
If you’re a fan of the overprotective, straddling the line of bad boy hero and characters with true-to-life hurts and flaws, then Shut the Front Door by LM Karen may be what you’re looking for.
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About the Author
LM Karen writes contemporary Christian fiction romance. As a longtime lover of words, she can generally be found behind her laptop or with a book in her hand. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, her heart is in the mountains. She eventually made use of the voices in her head by putting them on the page.
More from LM Karen
I like writing characters who are flawed but are loved anyway. Who have maybe made a mess of things, or are consumed by fear, or have some growing to do, because isn’t that all of us? All of my characters get happy endings because as Christians we all get the happy ending. We are flawed, we are human, we are sinful, but we are loved. We are forgiven.
One of my favorite things about Maddy in Shut the Front Door is that she is fearless. She is bold and unapologetic about who she is. But even Maddy with all her confidence still has insecurities about being accepted, and just wants to be loved at the end of the day. She just wants to know that she will be received for all she is by the one person she loves the most. I think that’s a very relatable desire and what we all really want. One of my favorite things about Christian fiction is that we are reminded within the fun and sweeping nature of romance that we are always and eternally loved by God.
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