Author teeters between believable / unbelievable

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Kimberly Van Meter

  • Publisher: Harlequin (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373718268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373718269

Publishers Description: It’s time to get her life back. Lilah Bell isn’t asking for much-just a normal life. A future that’s different from her shadowed, traumatic past. Maybe even a chance to start over. Instead, all she gets is the suffocating attention of her overprotective sisters, who seem to be waiting for her to break again. They don’t get that helping save her family’s beautiful Virgin Islands resort is definitely a challenge she can handle. But what she can’t handle is a serious relationship with carefree visitor Justin Cales. After all, wanting a man who isn’t planning to stick around isn’t smart.

Problem is, falling for Justin is too easy. And now life is more complicated than ever. When the truth unravels, they’ll either be brought together in unexpected ways…or torn apart for good.

My Take: This romance scores and several ways and lacks in a couple of others. The depiction of the Bell family and their determination to remain close and not allow their resort to fail is a strong part of the story. The sisters are not shown as always doing everything right and their individual struggles contributes to the storyline.

Unfortunately, I did not find Justin the same light as Lilah Bell does. The reformed playboy becoming model husband doesn’t logically follow the book. While he does exhibit mature behavior in the end when he discovers that Lilah is pregnant, in the rest of the book he  does not come across any way but as a deceitful good-time Charlie. If Kimberly Van Meter wanted him to come across as a misunderstood good guy, she failed. He came across as manipulative and shallow.

My Rating: 3 out of 4

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