Published by Tule Publishing on March 17th 2015
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When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.
It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.
However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.
But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.
So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.
And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.
Just a little too creepy for me really.
Not that I have anything against older women needing love and/or companionship especially after a difficult divorce, but David never felt like Kate’s equal; instead, he behaved too much like the shallow and carefree playboy that the media makes him out to be. And have Kate as a former teacher of David’s ex just sealed it for me…and not in a good way. I found myself cringing midway through and wincing at every turn of the relationship development (which felt more like a painful step to disaster than a rocky road to bliss), but I’m obviously in the minority here.
I do get Kate’s insecurity; I really do. If anything, her spoilt daughter’s POV that had been written into the book did serve the oblique purpose of showing the machinations of her evil ex-husband, compounding the problem of how alone – and betrayed – she felt. With David as a man-child whore, I thought Kate needed someone better and despite David’s valiant but laughable efforts, I still can’t see them sailing happily ever after into the sunset at the end. The change in David is too sudden, too quick after Kate’s miscarriage and it felt as though I was reading about a different character entirely, only with the same name.
While not a bad effort, I do think though, that the book would have benefitted from more exhaustive editing – and possibly additional beta readers – which might have lent depth to the simplistic caricatures of Richard and Marie and the consistency of characters like David.