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Sudden Bloom Paperback – September 18, 2011
About the Author
Leichelle began writing after trying to find stories reflective of the many interracial couples of the world that weren’t oversexualized and extreme erotic. Her stories are mainly focused on interracial couples but include the universal themes of love, trust and being true to oneself. Leichelle K lives in San Diego, California.
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Allain is a forty something, professor who has been set up on a blind date by her adoptive son. She has adopted and raised three children and hasn't had the time for romance. Her kids have been trying to set her up for years, so she finally gives in and agrees to meet David, someone who works with her son. She is initially shocked, then pleasantly surprised when she meets David at a coffee shop.
David is the son of a famous Australian architect. He is also a successful artist known internationally for his work and his family's high profile. After a divorce that he didn't see coming, he is re-evaluating his life and laying low for a while. No one at his new job knows his background. When his new friend, Kevin tries to set him up on a date with his mother, David is game. He meets Allain and is instantly smitten.
There were a lot of things to like about this book. I liked both David and Allain. They were smart, funny, attractive, three-dimensional characters that had both good points and flaws. The chemistry between them was good and immediate. They each had a good feeling about each other from the start. I loved the fact that their dates didn't always run smoothly. There are some definite funny moments involving food. And the awkwardness between them while trying to get to know each other rang true.
The things that didn't work for me were all of the drama in Allain's life. She dealt with the unexpected death of her best friend, becoming a single mother at 20, changing her career path because of her single motherhood, and other tragedies that occurred during the course of this book. After a certain point, if felt like this well written love story had turned into a dramatic, Lifetime movie. I just felt that it was a lot for one character to bear and was overly dramatic.
Those issues aside, I liked this book. It was refreshing to have a hero and heroine in their forties, who had some sense, most of the time. While it wasn't the best thing ever, it was a pretty good effort. It rates a solid 4 stars to me.