By Pamela Aares
Tavonesi Series, book 3
Category: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 3.9
- Captivation: 3.75
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 3.75
- Enjoyment: 4
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: All-Star shortstop Matt Darrington has more than a problem. His wife died, and now he’s juggling a too-smart-for-her-britches six-year-old and the grueling pace of professional baseball. Worse, his daughter is mom shopping. When they explore a local ranch, she decides the beautiful, free-spirited tour guide is premium mom material. Matt thinks the sexy guide looks like Grade-A trouble.
Alana Tavonesi loves her cosmopolitan life in Paris. But when she inherits the renowned Tavonesi Olive Ranch, she has to return to California and face obligations she never wanted. Selling the place is her first instinct, but life at the ranch begins to crack her open, exposing the dreams hidden inside her heart.
On a lark she leads a ranch tour, where she meets Matt Darrington. His physical power and a captivating sensual appeal fire her in a way no man ever has, but he has a kid—and being a stepmom is a responsibility Alana will never be ready for. Still…she can’t keep her mind or her hands off him.
When Matt’s daughter goes missing from a kid’s camp at the ranch, Alana organizes the search effort, knowing from experience the areas a bright child would be drawn to explore. As she and Matt work together to search for the little girl, Alana discovers that father and daughter have won her heart. Yet it may be too late for love…
Captivation: I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found myself genuinely interested in the book resolution all the way through.
Sizzle: The intimacy scenes in this book were quite well written and tingle-inspiring.
Romance: I liked the relationship development in this book. There was standard inner-drama with both characters, but in such a way that allowed a positive view of development. I did find some of character development for Alana to be a bit time consuming and at times annoying, however the overall feel of the relationship and development left for a positive feeling through the book.
Enjoyment: I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I had not particularly liked Alana’s character in the prior book, and was instantly wary of the potential dislike for this one as such. I found this book to be sweet and endearing for the most part, which a few moments of “oh, come on, really!” comments now and again.
Literacy: Found a few pretty standard errors, nothing major.
Overall, I rather liked this book. I’ll add this one to my read-again book shelf. The characters are pleasant, the conflict understandable within the scope of the character history and plot. The only issue I took with this book was an occasional reference to actions or events that came out of the blue… as though there were parts of the book that had been edited out but then discussed later in the book as though still there.