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This couple is only thrown together because the Homecoming Dance committee has voted to ask Blake to be the DJ for that dance…against this teacher's internal better judgment.
Getting to know Blake Michaelson was quite the experience….this man who is described as having a split personality by someone close to him. But to the public eye he is the quintessential playboy: handsome, sexy, with a deep enthralling voice but a love 'em and leave 'em pattern in his relationships. He doesn't believe in love even as the disk jockey for the local voice of love on the radio (LOVE FM). He scorns "romance" and even gets looks of warning from his boss when his sarcastic views of such begin to sneak into his broadcast persona. But then his love of family, his heartache when his parents die and his adoption of and relationship with a mutt puppy give us peeks into another side, a hidden side.
Then there is that French high school teacher, the romantic who is looking for “the one”, a lasting relationship but also has learned a lot about “looking before you leap” in her relationships. She likes to read JAFF books and all those historical romances I (we) like to read. And she does believe that there are those heroes out there. So in observing this drunk, crass, ready to leap-into-a brawl man, who is also the sister of her good friend she puts up all the barriers around her heart.
She calls him on all those lines, all those “chance” meetings around town and then when she calls him on his budding relationship with her, for some reason…he is angry, he is not at all happy…one night stands??? What? OK, now we have to talk.
I loved the back and forth points of view and the development into understanding these two very opposite personalities. And part of understanding Blake was in getting to know his family better. But we also get to see that there is more to the romantic Vicky as we learn what she knows about her students. Indeed, this also had me with blurry eyes. Young people can have issues that are hidden but just as serious as some of the adults around us.
I was captivated by this story and recommend it to all those other romantics out there. There is some brief MA content with a few “choice” words as any realistic modern story might be expected to contain. I look forward to more in this series as there are a few often mentioned characters who do not yet have their Happily Ever After endings.
This novel is a great stand alone story but it is wonderful hearing from other characters in the Mirabelle Harbor series.
Blake's character surprised me. My preconceived ideas of him were totally smashed. He is quite a hard nut to crack and very set in his ways until Vicky melts his tough exterior. Ultra cool chemistry bubbling beneath the surface. Love their fiery clashes!
The Michaelsons are a wonderfully close knit family and a joy to read and to get involved in their lives. This sums them up to a tee "Family ties had a tensile strength like platinum when it came to the Michaelson clan" love it!
I also love the references to Rochester and Heathcliff and how annoyed Blake was to be compared to a "drunk, foul-tempered douchbag" haha that was one of many fav quotes. But there were so many more!!
I adore Pride and Prejudice and it was so much fun seeing a little of my fav characters Darcy & Elizabeth in Blake and Vicky not least the realisation that they need to compromise a little to allow a love to blossom. "Sometimes first impressions are wrong" wonderful throw back to P&P love it!
I thoroughly enjoyed the song references and the French. That was so much fun!
The scenes with Winston are heart wrenching. The emotion portrayed just wonderful. It made me teary.
"So hot I could almost hear him sizzling" what a cracker of a line!
I can relate to Blake and Vicky on a personal level too. Reminds me much of my hubby and I in that Blake tries to play the tough guy but deep down a marshmallow. Me, I'm pretty straight laced with a bit of a wild streak haha!
Thoroughly enjoyable story and highly recommended.
Ps Marilyn don't forget to expand on the intergalactic story that sounds fab ;) x
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This, the third in the Mirabelle Harbor Series is just as endearing as the two previous stories.Read more