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- Publication Date: March 14, 2016
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Casey Taylor was a first year resident at a nearby hospital. She was a busy person because she was also a single mom, a fact that most of her colleagues didn't know. And she didn't date, a resolve that ended when Ben stepped into her life. Somehow, he had tracked her down to the hospital she worked in and only a few days after they'd met without exchanging any information, he appeared at her table while she was eating lunch. She tried to laugh him off when he asked her to go out with him. But later that night she saw him again, purely by accident. Nikki, Casey's best friend, had needed her company that night. One thing and another happened, until Ben and Casey found themselves alone together. Ben wasn't shy; he asked her out again, and she was intrigued. Her only problem: at what point in their growing relationship should she tell him about her daughter?
My first impression after finishing the book was what a sweet story this was. But "sweet" is inadequate to describe the tale of two lives meant to be together. First, the story is a bit different because it is told from Ben's point of view, for the most part. He is not only a runner, but a record breaking runner, and the author gives us enough detail to authenticate Ben's role in that world. It becomes part of the mysterious aura that is Ben. During the tale, the author gives us additional clues to allude to a reason why Ben runs.
Second, the author artistically builds into Ben, Parker, Nikki, and Casey's characters elements the readers want to learn more about, feel comfortable around and care for. When Casey enters the scene and grows attached to Ben, we are right there with her, being drawn into their courtship and desiring that the relationship will be successful. Ben becomes so endearing, especially with the matter-of-fact way he accepts little 5-year-old Emma. There's even a bit of suspense when the doctor in Casey begins to suspect there is something medically awry with Ben. It is a topic he won't discuss with her, because it is a part of his painful past.
Third, the author has a great sense of humor. The humor is woven all throughout the book in just the right amount. Sometimes the laughs are goofy and absolutely ridiculous. Other times they are giggles, titters, slightly off color, and even tender. This is not a slap-stick type of book, but the light laughs are part of the character building that excels in it. Basically, this is the kind of book I like to read between heavy reads, long series or non-fiction. It's one that can be read quickly in just a few hours.
One warning: This is a contemporary book. There is some casual cursing (with the use of the "f" word) that some readers believe is necessary to make it relevant. In my opinion, the gist of the tale would remain just as dynamic without the colorful language. I highly recommend this book in spite of that.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Ben is a 24 y/o walk-on to the track team at U of Florida. He’d had dozens of scholarship offers when he was in high school but forewent all of those to marry his high school sweetheart and be a father to their only daughter. Tragedy has struck Ben’s short life–he has no family remaining, excepting his adoptive parents. Trying to rebuild after the loss of his wife and Grace, he contacts the track coach at Florida and becomes the oldest Gator on the team.
In the run-up to the end of season, he meets Casey, immediately drawn to her as he had been to his wife many years before. Casey’s afraid to let any man close to her and her young daughter, though. It’s a bit push-pull, but Ben overwhelms Casey with kindness and sincerity. I really enjoyed the sports-part of this romance. Ben is a dedicated athlete and takes care to do his best, fulfilling the promise he made to Grace not long before she died. There are many references to legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, and it’s clear from the start that Ben is in a whole different class of runner–ranked second in the country in his event.
The romance is sweet and tender, with Ben being an excellent partner to Casey and her little Emma. I liked that we had solid working people in the book. I liked how Casey worked to find balance to be a parent, doctor, and girlfriend–that was described very well and realistically. The book is a sentimental read, made especially so because it soon becomes clear that Ben is struggling with some medical issues that may, or may not, be related to some of the tragedy he’s endured.
There’s a little bit of break-up-to-make-up, but the ending is positively HEA, and *might* cause a bit of leakage in the general eye area. The ending twist wasn’t quite as flushed out as I’d have liked, but it was still rewarding. It took me a little bit of time to get used to the rapid POV switching-style of the book. Several characters tell this tale, but mostly it’s Casey and Ben’s story.
IN HER EYES is a very good story, and well-written. Wesley Banks is master at revealing just hints here and there of serious background facts until it all unfolds in the end. There wouldn't have even been any foul language except for Ben's track coach needing some soap in his mouth. If you like the occasional good, believable love story, you will like this. I really think a man would even enjoy this one--especially if he likes track, as there is a lot of reference to the detail of that.