Publisher: Harlequin SuperRomance
Date Published: November 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Lil
Obtained via Publisher
Wild child, hedonist, flamboyant, and sexy rebel. These were just a few of the words that described the seductive chanteuse/drummer of the Redheaded Stepsisters. No one in the world would look at Delaney Spencer and be able to recognise her as the famed Chantal. After all, she wasn’t that woman any more. It had taken her a long time to get clean, to get sober, to create a new life for herself. Now she is an upstanding citizen in a cozy community, known for her skill as a carpenter and playing at a bar with a local band.
Her quiet existence is threatened when the brother of her late lover finds her and demands she release songs that Chantal and Diesel had made together. These heretofore unreleased pieces would earn a fortune and secure the future for the two children Diesel had left behind.
Sam McCabe has his work cut out for him. He may be an impromptu parent but his convictions run deep to ensure that the kids get what they need. Unfortunately, in order to save his niece and nephew, he must shove an unexpectedly wonderful woman into the spotlight from which she has been hiding.
There is much to adore about this romance, the main one being characters that are so much like real life that you wish you could visit Otter Tail, Wisconsin and meet them. It is rare to see a romance heroine who is struggling with alcoholism. That she is down to earth, pragmatic, as well as, emotionally wise is an absolute treat. The hero, on the other hand, knows himself less than one expects in reading such books. Sam hasn’t a clue how to care for the children he has under his care. He clearly loves them but in a genuinely inept and distanced manner. To see him learn about the kids and what he wants to be for them under the guidance of Delaney was heart-warming. To see him become aware of what he wants to be for the woman he once attributed to the downfall of his beloved brother will make you melt.
One should add that this story also handled the tug-of-war aspect of kids caught in the crossfire of their parents’ relationship. Such serious of an issue is handled deftly and with empathy shown to each party.
For all of the weight to the issues, this is a romance to relax with and blissfully while away the time.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.