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The father of one of her runners, Ian, is a very successful businessman. As a single parent, he's doing the best he can and in his eyes, being a good provider is what a father does. He wants to give his daughter, Denise, everything, but what he doesn't realize is that what she really wants and needs is his time. He's a flawed character, but very likable because it's always apparent that he loves his daughter.
When Andrea confronts him with her concerns about his daughter, sparks fly! That's just how it should be in a romance book and Ms. Fasano accomplishes that quite well, as the chemistry between the characters is always just sizzling under the surface ready to react.
Denise is the catalyst that brings them together, but what I like is that she's not one of those bratty teens who then resents any attention their parent has in the opposite sex. She's not perfect and there are other conflicts, but the way they are worked out is a nice subplot.
The writing is tight. Formatting was great on my Kindle and on my Android phone app, and I saw not a single typo.
All in all, this is a great light romance with believable characters who come to life on the page. A perfect summer read so take this one to the beach with you! Five stars.
Lately I've read a few of the romance genre and those I've read have not been what I had pictured. I thought I'd find cardboard characters, completely implausible or simplistic plots, and, if I was lucky, a bit of titillation. I haven't, at least not the first two.
I'm still getting used to the conventions and terminology of the genre. Let's tackle my preconceptions as they pertain to "Taking Love in Stride."
We'll start with characterization. Andrea, the Heroine ("female lead" in the romance genre) is what you might expect of a female track coach. Feisty, prone to snap judgments, and cleans up nice. That works so far. Ian, the Hero (I think you can figure this one out) is attractive, used to being in control, and a single father. A book needs conflict and I'll bet that from my thumbnail descriptions you can see it coming already. Then we throw in Ian's dad, who lives with him and watches his granddaughter during Ian's frequent business trips and we have the major players. Each has a distinct personality and idiosyncrasies that work well moving the plot forward. This is the third book of Clayton/Fasano's I've read and, in my estimation, characterization is a strong suit. She seems to have an insight into what makes different people tick that translates well to her characters.
The plot isn't complex like a good mystery or many suspense novels if for no other reason than this book is much shorter - I'm guessing genre conventions for romance dictate a length around half that of many genres. However, the plot is not simplistic. The story is realistic. (We've all had bosses like Andrea's principal and had people we were attracted to and infuriated by, haven't we?) It's fun, at least for those of us who are voyeurs - I might feel different living it. The results, however, are worth it for Andrea and Ian. The "happily ever after" ending is, from what I understand, another genre convention. Letting that slip isn't a spoiler.
As for titillation, not so much. It turns out that romance novels run from relatively innocent (suitable for teens) all the way to borderline erotica. This one is more warm than hot. However, for a relatively quick read and a chance to laugh at other people's foibles (possibly much like our own) this book does the trick.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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