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Erin moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue. "Well, maybe we should test the water, so to speak. Try it and see how we feel afterward."
"Maybe we should." His heart thundered, but he told himself, Take it slow. He waited for a moment as she unclipped her seatbelt, and he inhaled the sweet summer breeze that filtered into the car, bringing with it the smell of the sea and the scent of sun lotion from Erin's skin.
She turned and moved forward a little in her seat, leaning an elbow on the rest between them, and tipped her head to the side as she met his gaze.
Brock moved to meet her, resting one arm on the seat behind her, and lifted the other hand to cup her face. He brushed his thumb across her cheekbone, across the freckles that peppered her lightly-tanned skin, and lowered his mouth, stopping when his lips were a fraction of an inch from hers.
Her breath whispered across his lips as she exhaled. So close, and yet he hadn't kissed her yet. There was still time to stop, to put off this last, final betrayal. If he moved back now, he'd be able to tell himself he'd remained faithful to Fleur. He would have fought his weakness and stayed strong in his grief, encased in the shadows in which he'd hidden for the last two years.
But the day was too beautiful, full of light and life. A couple of huge Red Admiral butterflies fluttered past the window, and a flash of color behind Erin told him a rosella had swooped over the grass. In the distance, the children of the family having lunch at the picnic table laughed as they threw a Frisbee to one another, and someone called out from the boat further down on the water. It was summer, and it was almost Christmas, a time to celebrate the birth of things, not the end.
Erin was waiting patiently, maybe sensing his internal struggle, her gaze gently caressing his face. Her hand came up and she trailed a finger along his eyebrow, removing a strand of hair that the breeze had blown into his eye, and her touch--even though it was innocent and innocuous--was enough to flick a switch inside him.
He let out the breath he'd been holding, a long slow sigh of acceptance.
Erin's lips curved up a little, and then she moved the last fraction of an inch to touch her lips to his.
They were as soft and light as if one of the butterflies had brushed against him, the briefest of kisses, tentative and shy enough to make him melt.
She moved back a little and met his gaze again as if to say, Okay?
Brock felt as if he'd been kissed by summer itself. How could anything as beautiful as that be wrong?
After giving a short, exultant laugh, he slid his hand into her hair, and lowered his lips again.
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- Publication date : November 9, 2015
- Print length : 188 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B014HGM9YM
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,414 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the first book of the series about three very wealthy brothers who formed a medical organization with the moniker 'Three Wise Men' with the intent to make life more livable for those children with lung diseases.
Consultant pediatrician Brock King lost his wife to cancer two years ago. He is the eldest of the three King brothers at age thirty-one and is sure that love is lost to him for the rest of his life. He vowed to his dying wife that he would never love again but that isn't what she wanted. He has mourned her death for two very long years and he feels he may finally be ready to get out and date again. Because of their research and new inventions for children with lung diseases, like asthma and CF, the brothers began a website for the parents of afflicted children. He has spoken to an Erin Bloom who is a single mom of a two year old with asthma for the past year. After a lot of chatting he decides he wants to meet her face to face.
Erin Bloom is a single mom who struggles to put food on the table. She lives in a very tiny house in a not-so-good neighborhood and has a very negative mother. She has not made wise choices in men and the last one left her when she told him of the pregnancy, never to be seen again. Since her son's illness keeps her from working full-time she has little income and no help from her ex. When she is upset or has questions she turns to Brock when he is online at the 'Three Wise Men' forum.
This is a tender and precious love story between man, woman, and child. I guarantee you'll love this book and it will deeply touch your heart. I highly recommend this and it is great for the Christmas season.
As has been mentioned incorrectly there is no cliffhanger. The book finishes without an epilogue but is a stand-alone receiving a grand finale at the end of book three.
(I had preordered this book August 29th, prior to having the opportunity of an ARC.)
Perfect start to the three book series! I can hardly wait to see what's next.
Brock specializes in respiratory diseases; Erin is a single mother to Ryan who suffers from asthma. They converse online for about a year through the 24 hr. online help center set up by Brock and his two brothers for sick children. As Brock is know only by his pseudonym Balthazar, Erin has no idea the man she has come to know (and like very much) is one of the billionaire brothers of the We Three Kings foundation.
Brock learns of Ryan's hospitalization when speaking to his two brothers via Skype. Here is where I was so impressed with Brock. His brother's had called to make sure he was coping with the 2nd anniversary of his wife's death and Brock reaches out to Erin to let her know he's there if she wants to chat. I was already endeared to Brock knowing about his charity and all that he does for others, but now I was in love.
This is just the beginning and it only gets better from here. I was happy to see an author that didn't do the insta-love. We were able to watch their interactions with other family members on both sides, but most importantly, the dynamics of Brock, Erin and Ryan.
Yes, there were issues that each Brock and Erin had to overcome before they could commit to giving a relationship a chance, but the angst was not overdone by the author at all.
One of the best books I've read this year. It's in my top three.
Erin Bloom is a single mom who can barely put food on the table due to her son Ryan's asthma. When another attack put him (and her) in the hospital, she was sure this holiday season will be the worst ever... Until consultant pediatrician Brock King showed up. Brock lost his wife to cancer two years ago, and he wasn't ready to love. But encountering Erin put a smile on his face. Brock had made a lot of money as a pediatrician with his two brothers helping him make children's toys and treatments targeting pediatric asthma sufferers (helping them getting treated), complete with education programs and charity. And he wanted to make Erin happy... by treating her to a timeout, as she has a sitter arranged. And Erin can't say no to an offer like that. Erin knew she is attracted to the handsome and rich Brock, and that timeout may result with her in his bed... but is a fling all she needed? Dare she want more?
I generally have a problem with woman who put themselves down (i.e. inadequacy issues). I understand some are not just go-getters, but being so... passive and failure to accept what life brings, even when it's handed to you on a silver platter, is not just lame, but self-doormat-ing. This book was right on the verge of that, but manage to hold her just short of that line. It's still a good read.
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Erin is a young single mother to 3yr old Ryan, who suffers from asthma. Through a hospital forum she converses with Brock King, one of the “Three Wise Men” (a company set up by 3 billionaire brothers to help sick children through researching & inventing medical equipment & toy characters & stories). Through the forum, Brock likes what he learns about Erin & her son, & when he learns Ryan’s in hospital due to an asthma attack, Brock arranges to drop by as Dixon the Dog (one of the characters).
Despite it being the 2nd anniversary of his wife’s death, when Brock finally meets Erin after a year of writing to her, he realises that she could be the one to make him feel alive again. However he feels guilty about betraying Fleur’s memory. Meanwhile Erin is embarrassed about her lack of money, having to scrimp & save daily to survive. She can’t believe billionaire Brock could be interested in her; she’s also worried others will see her as a gold digger.
Although Erin & Brock have been writing to each other for a year, I felt it was a little unrealistic she would accept his invitation away so soon after meeting him, even if it was for her birthday. I also felt it was a bit unrealistic how quickly he admitted he wanted to marry her - I mean, he was feeling guilty about betraying his dead wife’s memory! It would have been good to have seen more of Brock at his work. Little Ryan was cute, & I liked Brock’s brothers Matt & Charlie, & little hints about the potential women in their lives.
The struggles of both the characters were done well, and were relatable to. Brock's guilt over moving on after his wife, and Erin's struggle to accept being with someone rich after scrimping for every penny for years. It was nice to see them both working through those though and coming together. Could have maybe done with a little more conflict, but then I'm maybe a bit evil and like my characters to suffer a bit for their HEA lol!
I did really like the background of Brock in particular, he and his two brothers combine their very different skills to help sick children, calling themselved the 'Three Wise Men'. The insight into the other two brothers was interesting and I'm assuming they will have their own stories to follow. I also liked a lot of the secondary characters, and Erin's son was really cute, would have been nice to see more of him.
Overall, a fun and sweet story about people finding love when they had both given up on it. I will be looking out for more in the series.
The Perfect Gift is the story of Brock King & Erin Bloom. True to style, Serenity captured the emotions of both characters beautifully, especially getting the balance right with Brock talking about his grief and being ready to move on and with Erin learning to open up and trust again. You really can feel the battle both characters are warring with and can only keep wishing these two sweet characters can truly find happiness. The pace with which everything happened, that at times may be seen as moving fast, never actually felt that way with how everything was written and handled.
Another thing I really liked was the vivid descriptions throughout the book which really make you feel like you are there and can picture everything going on perfectly. Also, I loved how both characters truly felt like adults dealing with issues maturely in true adult ways, unlike sometimes in other books where characters can seem immature.
Finally, I dare you not to fall in love with Ryan; he will steal your heart by the end of the book!
Overall, if you are looking for a sweet, slightly Christmas themed, HEA book, The Perfect Gift will be perfect for you!
Part of their work is the charity the We Three Kings Foundation which includes a support forum for the parents of children who are ill or in hospital. Brock has conversed on screen on the support forums with single mother, Erin Bloom for about a year, time enough to learn he likes her sense of humour, and simply just talking online to her.
Erin Bloom has struggled financially to bring up her son, Ryan who suffers from asthma. Ryan's father, Jack, abandoned Erin when he found out she was pregnant and he doesn't want anything to do with his son. Jack is now somewhere in Australia and Erin doesn't receive any support from him to take care of Ryan. Erin's parents have supported her but the ultimate responsibility for bringing up Ryan is Erin's.
One evening, after Ryan has been admitted to hospital with an asthma attack and Erin seeks support on the forums, Brock takes his connection with Erin one step further and they speak to each other by phone. Then next day, he turns up at the hospital, dressed as Ryan's favourite character from the Ward Seven books, Dixon the Dog, to visit the children in the hospital and comes to see Ryan with a special gift for his birthday. From the moment he has his first sight of Erin, Brock is keen to get to know her better and soon, he finds himself falling under her spell, but he can't help feeling guilty for considering moving on after being loyal to his wife's memory for so long.
Erin can't quite believe that Brock would be interested in her, an ordinary single mum and she does hold back a bit. She is already wary of Brock's attraction to her because of his wealth and she is warned by her mother, Karen, that rich men can buy whatever they want, including an affair. I'm sure she meant well, but I felt Karen was trying to control Erin and her attitude to her daughter annoyed me a bit. I liked the characters in the story and I suppose towards the end, her mother grew on me too as she did mellow somewhat.
With Erin's birthday not far away, Brock tempts Erin with a special treat for her birthday, but will she accept? As their relationship develops, Erin and Brock uncover each other's personalities, their likes and dislikes and grow closer with each time they meet. This is a lovely romance and the love scenes are very steamy!
This was actually a well thought out and well written story addressing the issues that arise when one partner is rich beyond belief and the other partner is struggling to make ends meet. For me the author made the whole thing totally believable and also introduced a fair bit of humour. At the same time we were given glimpses of Brock's brothers and began to see how their characters were so totally different.
And yes that was just setting us up to buy another book in the series. And yes I definitely will because this author has made me care about these people and interested in what happens to them next.