Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Reluctant for Romance

Author:  Pamela Judge
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN:  9781619223301
Genre:  {M/F} Retro Romance, Contemporary
Rating:  3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Carly Ray is overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start.  She wants to focus her attention on her mother, but pending unemployment and lazy siblings keep getting in Carly’s way.  Her anger boiled over when the arrogant man who ran her mother over shows miniscule remorse.  She intended to give him a piece of her mind but winds up giving him a piece of her heart.

Declan O’Halloran tried to explain, but the feisty woman never let him get a word in.  It was just easier to agree to her demands.  Convincing Carly to accept his help and his attention was not an easy task.  Carly made it clear that their time together was only temporary but Declan wanted more.  He knew they made a great match, even though Carly didn’t think so.

Carly never wanted to be like her mother, who was a domestic dynamo.  Catering to someone hand and foot was not the life for Carly.  Nothing was more important to her than a career.  After getting to know Declan, Carly was confused.  She knew she loved him, but Carly also thought she could never be the kind of woman he needed.  Declan was a family man, who wanted a simple family life.  And he refused to settle for the no strings hook up Carly was offering him.  It was all or nothing.  Carly nearly lost her shot at happiness because she didn’t realize that Declan wasn’t trying to change her or trap her.  Carly’s mother had gone to the extreme caring for her grown sons so I understood how this could make Carly want to avoid a similar situation.  I wouldn’t want to be a maid for three grown men either.  I found myself getting angry at how they expected Carly to do everything for them.  I wasn’t able to get over my anger at the mother for crippling all of her children though.  Actually I had to give Carly’s brothers credit for changing their tune by the end of the story.  At first I just assumed they were lost causes.  

Reluctant for Romance shows the struggle that many women have today, the balance between a career and a family.  There is nothing wrong with having your cake and eating it too, and I was relieved that Carly finally realized that.  Sometimes you don’t truly know what you want until you get it and that was true of Carly.  She overcame her fear and realized Declan didn’t want to change her, he just wanted to love her as she was.  Read their story and I bet you won’t be able to resist a man like him.

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