Release Day Review: Directing Traffic by Charley Descoteaux

Posted: June 26, 2013 by sidlove in 3 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Sid's Reviews
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Reviewed by Sid Love

TITLE: Directing Traffic
AUTHOR: Charley Descoteaux
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
BLURB: Neil Sedwick expects to spend his vacation in a sleepy tourist trap mourning his late partner’s death. Instead, he puts his recently acquired CPR certificate to use and saves an elderly resident’s life. But it’s the survivor’s nephew, sexy middle-school teacher Ty Bigelow, who causes Neil to reevaluate his routine and consider reopening his heart.

Though the electricity between them is undeniable, Ty is struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy, and Neil is moored to the past. Even the healing peace of an old man’s garden and the ever-changing waters of the Oregon coast may not be enough to prepare Neil to overcome a crisis of the heart.


This was a pretty quick read for me and I will say this – it has a decent storyline of two well-sketched out characters who meet for a very special reason and that is to complete each other!

Neil Sedwick is troubled, while on vacation, since it is the time of the year when he is reminded of someone who was very special to him; that someone had been the first love of his life and had suddenly passed away due to a heart attack. Ever since then, Neil puts in efforts to get a certification and learns the method of CPR which could help a person having a stroke, thus saving his life.

That comes in handy when Neil finds an old man showing signs of getting a heart attack and runs for his help. He saves a life and is approached by the handsome nephew of the old man, who expresses gratitude for what he has done. Little did either of them know, how badly the other was falling prey to an undeniable attraction. Inevitable happens and the attraction leads them to have a hot, steamy affair. Neil finds himself opening up his heart to let Ty in but Ty has his own demons to fight against. How they overcome everything else to be happy with each other is what this story all about is.

The character of Neil Sedwick and the incredible writing of Charley Descoteaux made the reading of this book worthwhile. Neil has suffered a loss, and throughout the story I felt it in his actions and behavior how it had molded him to be the man he was. Novellas provide a very restricted arena to cover in respect of character depth, so I can understand when an author feels the need to hold back on much exploration to a character. That is the reason why I won’t give the author a hard time regarding not giving us a lot on the other main character Ty. Instead, the author deserves to be showered with compliments for bringing the character of Neil so alive to the readers. He is this mature man that I immediately felt connected to.

My main issue with this story was that I felt it was quite an ordinary tale – something that I had read or heard of many times. Yet, there was the unique writing style of the author which kept me intrigued till the end. The story had a lot of potential, I agree and that had me disappointed a bit because I know it would have been an amazing journey to read about had it been a novel.

But I am not the one to complain about the length, really. This is good as it is and I felt pleased after reading this. If you are into sweet & cute Romance, this is the book for you.

Ending this review on a note, that Charley Descoteaux was a new author to me when I picked this one up, and she has managed to impress me a lot. So, from now on, I will be keeping an eye out for any new books coming out from her.

Sid’s Rating: 3-stars-out-of-5-300x70

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