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- Print Length: 186 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bay Books (January 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N94VEME
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Real Thing (The Mackenzies Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lucia Rossi had a terribly lonely childhood. Her father is Italian, and her mother is Chinese. When her mom decided to leave for China with her little brother after her father was simply too busy to be around, she felt abandoned when she's moved to a boarding school. When her father died, she went to live with her mother in Beijing for a while, but the death of her brother send her fleeing again, this time to New Zealand, where she works as an art restorer. She wanted a real family for herself, including the white picket fences, and she refused to get involved with a commitment-phobe... and that included her last liaison... Dallas McKenzie. Dallas knew he can't be what Lucia wanted, but he thinks he knew who can... Guy Martin, a widower who has yet to recover from the loss of his wife. Guy is also a commitmentphobe, and Lucia would have never gotten involved with him, except they share that pain of loss... and when he invited her home, she noticed that a painting their family hung, what was supposed to be a forgery... may, in fact, be the real thing. But when the inquiry went out to find the owner of "the real that turned out to be fake", it set forth something in motion that may take Lucia and Guy to the one place Lucia swore she will never return to...
Somehow the Chinese references feel slightly off. Also, I can't see one commitment-phobe recommend a different commitmentphobe for a relationship. Still, the rest of the plot is okay...
The best friend is having issues of his own. His wife was killed in a car accident about 3 years ago. He has decided that he doesn't want to marry again, he feels responsible for his wife's death and doesn't feel he is worthy of true love again. He has a lot of misguided guilt. They meet each other and there is chemistry until he says he never wants children. Even though she is strongly attracted to him she knows there is no future for them.
There is a lot of drama as these two deal with all their issues. There is a bit of mystery as she discovers an original painting in his parent's home. They believe it is a forgery but she knows better. Unfortunately, while she is getting the painting authenticated the man who thinks he holds the original is a ruthless Chinese businessman. He wants his painting back. So there is drama and mystery involved with that issue.
This is a very interesting and good story. It does hold the attention from beginning to end. The sex is brief but it is there so it may not be appropriate for all audiences. I definitely recommend the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved that it was set in New Zealand. We did get to visit some beautiful spots in this wonderful country.
Just a note. I have to read on a large font because of vision problems. Whenever a page ended with a hyphened word there were pages missing. I did reduce the font size and then got all the pages but I had to keep reducing it as I read. I spent a lot of time going back and forth but the problem continued. There was NO PROBLEM with the story, just something that went wrong with the downloading or whatever. I have had this problem before but never thought to reduce the font size, so I learned something :-)
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 8/25/17