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Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
From the presentation of this book readers will expect a light froth of a contemporary romance, but this story has deeper roots than that. While it is a small-town story, with the requisite quirky storyline, and has plenty of sizzle, it is really the story of how people who have survived trauma can learn to reach for happiness. A romance with taproots for miles.
Having survived drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, not to mention her father’s murder at her mother’s hand, Monica developed serious walls to keep her safe. She’s back in Bishop, Ark., where the crime went down, on the hook to write a book about it. Meeting the hot but haunted mayor plays havoc with her resolve. Jackson has a sister to raise and a contest to win, which will bring new manufacturing to town. He cannot afford to be distracted by a gorgeous package of trouble like Monica. Then he looks into her eyes. How can he turn away? Can they negotiate the pains of caring and open up enough to take a chance on love? (BANTAM, Oct., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Bunny Callahan
Published: October 2013