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"...this story is extremely well-written and that the characters are very well-developed is not surprising. The innovative, surprising element is the risk she took in portraying a heroine who's in her forties, facing the fears and insecurities ─ and rediscovering the thrills ─ of falling in love. So rare these days. Unfortunately." -Ana Simons, author of Silent Signs
"Miss Durano crafts a beautiful landscape, relatable characters you'll root for, not to mention hot scenes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel every emotion there is within the first few chapters of this book and will continue on until the very last page." -Michelle Jo Quinn, author of Confessions of a Wedding Planner and the bestselling Bliss Series
From the Author
- Everything She Ever Wanted: Older Woman Younger Man Romance (Dax and Harlow)
- Falling for Jordan: One-Night Stand Secret Baby Romance (Jordan and Addison)
- Breaking the Rules: Friends to Lovers Emotional Romance (Sawyer and Alma)
- Friends with Benefits: Brother's Best Friend Romance (Campbell and Caitlin)
- Every Breath: Love in Taos "slice of life" (Benny and Sarah)
- ASIN : B01LZSTIJB
- Publication date : October 12, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1588 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #193,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The story takes place outside of Taos, New Mexico. The author does an incredible job of describing the desert and the environmentally friendly unique home that our main characters stay in. Durano paints such a beautiful vivid description of the New Mexico desert. I would often take a break from the story and Google the places that were described!
However the first person POV - didn't work. Harlow's internal monologue was too long and some of the lines were cheesy;
"Does Dax know just how handsome he is?
Does he realize just how the chiseled lines of his jaw are even more defined by a beard that’s trimmed so perfectly, making this woman’s stomach tighten in knots?
Is he aware just how his mouth begs to be kissed again, for me to toss every ounce of self-respect left in me out the window and just take what I can?"
Dax's POV wasn't believable. It didn't feel like you were reading from a male perspective even with the swear words and talk of his male anatomy whenever he was around Harlow. I never understood why female authors think that the only way to make it a believable alpha male POV is to have them swear and talk crudely. There were too many lines that felt like it was a female talking rather than a male.
It was hard to immerse yourself in the story when the dialogues felt contrived and awkward. The dialogue and storyline didn't flow, it felt forced.
This could have been a great story because of the premise, but it fell short. However that's just my opinion.
Their romance was hot and sexy. It was also built on lies and omissions. Both could be immature and were hurt in other relationships. Their pain pasts made them relatable. Their differences added to the story as they were both successful, but in very different fields. He was mature, and definitely not a kid. She was immature at times, with more to learn, even though she was older than he.
I really appreciated that he got the test done. This was not another romance where in the middle of sex they yell out,
"I'm clean!" That can be so annoying.
Also it was easy to fall for his family and see how different his mother and father's relationship was. Romance does not come in a one size fits all package. There were humorous and touching parts. I also liked that she was a foster kid who was still dealing with being unwanted and being made fun of. He identified more with his mother's side and spoke Spanish to his abuela.
This was my first time reading a novel by this author. I would be interested in reading more by her.
It starts with a bang, then enter another and another. I was in tears, I wanted to punch Jeff, I fell in love with Dax and the whole family and thank God for Kathy. It was wonderfully full of angst and love and friendships and so many emotions that I was exhausted, but got through it. My only reason for not giving a five star is because of the ending. It just stopped for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it happened - the outcome, but another chapter explaining some major unanswered what happens now about this and that is still left in the air. For me it wasn't enough of an ending to complete the story thoroughly. I wanted answers, I wanted perhaps some justice, maybe more on what happens to the other woman etc. The truth... still recommend this book.
I received this book from #AudioBookObsessionReviewer. In terms of the narration, it is very good. Both Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel were able to play multiple characters of both sexes very well with good pacing and a nice dose of emotion. It was a great listen and I supplemented the audiobook with the actual book, borrowed from KU.
Top reviews from other countries
Harlow James, a well renowned kidney transplant surgeon, leaves New York amidst an acrimonious divorce and scandal.
Three miscarriages and one little angel, born forever asleep, drive her to embark on a road trip that would change her entire world.
She ends up in Taos, New Mexico, staying in an eco 'Earthship' named Pearl.
Dax Drexel, a Master Carpenter and Woodsmith, returns home to Taos a few days early, hoping to get some down time between jobs, in the home he built with his own two hands, The Pearl Earthship. what he wasn't expecting to find was a beautiful woman to be asleep on his bed.I
It was the start of a tumultuous series of life altering events and emotions. Harlow is forced to rethink her life and her losses.
She was always strong, resilient and a force of nature in her chosen field, but she might have to change her whole way of thinking and let the past go, or let it pull her down to the inky depths and drown her.
Its good, surprisingly so.
Its the story of Harlow and Dax. She's a very respectable transplant surgeon. He's a furniture designer and over ten years younger than her. From the start they're attracted to each other but she's more conscious of the age difference.
Of course though they get together.
One of the best bits is when Harlow and Dax are at a party, everyone is nice to her face but talk about her age behind her back in spanish, assuming she can't understand. Its exactly what would happen - shame.
There's misunderstanding, sex, people being judgemental and a HEA.
Its worth a read.
No pages filled with graphic sexual descriptions, just wholesome passion and love.
Enjoyable for those jaded with so called romance novels.