Thursday, January 27, 2011

Prescription for Love


Title: Prescription for Love
Author: Tina Gallagher
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-575-6
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Between managing her family’s business and trying to keep her cool despite her father’s constant interference, Kate hasn’t got time to think about her own life, or lack of one, as the case seems to be. Her father just can’t seem to accept that she is a grown woman who can be left alone to handle things for more than an hour without the world collapsing. After calling her for the umpteenth time to inform her that next door neighbor and childhood friend Johnny would be starting out as the new delivery guy, Kate didn’t think her day could get much worse. When Johnny walks through the doors however, Kate can’t believe her eyes. My, how little Johnny O’Brien has grown…

When John sees Kate, all the teenage fantasies of his beautiful older neighbor come back to tempt him. He thought he had gotten her out of his system long ago but just the chance of getting close to her has his heart racing. Unfortunately, she’s giving out mixed messages and he soon finds out why. It seems John will have to prove to Kate that he’s not the only one who’s all grown up if she’s ever going to see just how good it could be between them.

In Prescription for Love, Kate is at a crossroads in her life. She feels the need to make things up to her father for what he sees as past transgressions but it is becomes apparent that she’s in danger of losing herself to a life of misery if she doesn’t act soon. I really felt her plight and was willing her to choose happiness for herself. I really liked the way I was introduced the character of John. The words used to describe him allowed me to completely empathize with Kate’s struggle to separate the man before her from the boy in her memories. With satisfying chemistry and a real sense of two people meant to be in each other’s lives, it was very enjoyable to read Kate and John’s interactions.

I wish I could say the same for Kate’s relationship with her father. The way he behaves towards her is purposely irritating. While Kate’s journey from a child trying to please a parent to a grown adult willing to take responsibility for herself is uplifting, it’s pretty difficult to like her father or understand why he treats his daughter so badly. However, it was very good to read Kate’s thought process as she realized how unfair things were and that a change was definitely in order.

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