Monday, March 14, 2016

ME + YOU by Brenda Gayle

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date published: 2016-01-20
ISBN: 978-1-5092-0499-1
Contemporary, MF
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher

A Candy Hearts Romance
Lori Tait is forty. She’s always assumed she’d get married and have a family, but life hasn’t worked that way for her. She’s a dedicated teacher, good at her job, but still craves a family of her own. Mark Wilder is attracted to his daughter’s teacher, but he can’t help his daughter with her math problem and his failure is unbearably painful.

This is a very clean story, fast paced, easy to read, with plenty of emotion and a nice neat twist in the conclusion. The child Grace’s problem, and the reasons for Mark’s conflict are something a little different and enhance the drama excellently.
Mark and Lori have some good chemistry between them, but it’s their confusion and misunderstandings that progress the story so capably. The sex is more hinted than explained and the ending is fulfilling although quite predictable.

I really enjoyed the plot twists. They’re what makes the book good. It’s a romance so the outcome is almost inevitable, but the pathway there had a couple of very different and clever blockages. I also liked Grace very much as well. We don’t see a lot of her, but her actions are integral to her character and to the story, as are those of one of the minor characters that are most entertaining.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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