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This was a incredibly frustrating book with too much extraneous information and one of the most annoying heroines I have ever encountered.
Seven characters are introduced on the first page, like a literary tsunami of names. Still reeling from that, the reader is asked to swallow the multi-generational curse that has killed off most of the heroine's relatives. I can suspend belief with the best of them. Bring on the vampires or zombies in a well written novel. This curse was just tedious, especially when you realize that it has little to do with the present day tale.
Fundamentally, this is the story of two damaged adults who had a two day relationship three years ago that left the heroine pregnant. Having her look at her son and seeing him use a 'palms up' gesture reminds the heroine of her fling. Since this is a universal gesture and she hardly knew the hero other than to have sex with him, the tenuous connections were odd.
The hero, who was neither lost nor a groom until the epilogue (hardly a spoiler in a romance), is very likeable. He has a tragic past and a fascinating career. Why he was attracted to the heroine is difficult to comprehend. I began to feel he was the one who was cursed being saddled with this woman. Like many readers, I was frustrated by the huge concessions he made, while she didn't even want to add his name to the child's birth certificate. Ever her family and friends describe her as prickly and it seems to me they should have pushed her into therapy a decade ago. Out of all the careers in the world, the hero is assigned the same one as the heroine's father who abandoned her.... by dying! This becomes the reason she uses to push away this man, who has traveled the gobe to find her and his son.
Sometimes a mediocre romance can be improved with some great bedroom scenes. Don't expect that here. "They met, hard and fast. He entered her, she took him in." Hmmph.
The characters say it best.
“That’s absurd. Like a tall tale..." "That's the craziest thing I've ever heard." "That's ridiculous. All of it." I totally agree.
The heroine's action at 85% of the book was a betrayal of both her son and his father. This was definitely the last straw for me.
If you enjoy books with a life lesson where damaged people are treated with a deft hand and the passion smolders, I would suggest Anne Calhoun's Breath on Embers.
The positives; The writing style is good. Few typos (although I found 3 that I can think of)...That's it. The Negatives; I'm going to agree and disagree with some of the more negative reviews. I found Kendra irritating in the extreme but I also found Daniel just as selfish. He has unprotected sex with a stranger using a false name and then he just expects her to drop everything and fall into his arms. Honestly the only reason I read this was bc I wanted to see how the author dealt with this and tbh I'm a little disappointed in it. Kendra can't see past the fact that Daniel is in fact a pilot and that is something that she can't accept bc of the danger, but she has flown 'lots of times' so that whole thing doesn't make any sense to me. I couldn't believe that her family and friends just accepted that he was the father, looks don't always tell and what was to say that he finds out about the child and decides to play yet another role and then kidnap the child. As a mother that is what I would be thinking. That fact is that Kendra gave up her original career bc of the pregnancy so I think people are being a little unfair to her character bc I think daniel's character was just as unrealistic and unlikable. He is kind of the my way or the highway personality and lets face it, this type of scenario would take a lot longer than 3 or 4 weeks to resolve itself. I guess I am a little conflicted about it but I just didn't care for either of them. There was also not a lot of redeeming qualities in the secondary characters that supported Kendra's position until they didn't. As an aside, I would NEVER leave my 2 yr old with someone who didn't know anything about children, not to mention that he was still pretty much a stranger.
Lost and Found Groom by Patricia McLinn is a romance with an intriguing meet-cute, if a bit... heartless.
Dedicated journalist Kendra Jenner was in search of a story that landed her in Santa Estella looking for a humanitarian who shipped in food and stuff for the poorest children, when a vicious hurricane stranded her away from any help, except a stranger who called himself Paolo Ayudor, who saved her more than once. The danger and fear of survival lead to passion, and only after Paolo delivered her to the embassy and disappeared, she found she was pregnant. She put her reporter career on hold and retired to her home in a small town in Wyoming to raise her son, whom she named Matthew. Three years later, a stranger came into the small town asking for her by name... the man had Paolo's voice, but called himself Daniel Deligetti, and was working for a certain unnamed agency in Santa Estella at the time, under an assumed name, of course. He wanted to be Matthew's father... If Kendra will let him. Kendra, still in shock of the betrayal, tried everything to drive him away, esp. after she learned that his primary skill is pilot which only triggered her own nightmares about her father's plane crash. But Kendra cannot deny that Daniel may be the only one who can heal her broken heart, if she will only give him a chance.
I found this romance very sweet, but the FMC was... almost manic in her fears. Her initial resistance to Daniel makes sense... He left her for three years to raise their son alone, and he had given her a false name. However, when she got past that part, her fear that Daniel may fly away and never come back was irrational, even with her father's death as a reason. The problem is her fear persisted even when he made the grand gesture to prove his sincerity. There's obviously a proper happily-ever-after, so let's just say her giving in was... almost irrational. That I find a bit annoying.