Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Father For Jesse-Ann Roth

A Father For Jesse
Ann Roth
Harlequin American Romance, Jul 2009, $4.99
ISBN: 9780373752706

Emmy Logan arrives at Halo Island in the Pacific Northwest seeking a fresh start for her and her troubled eleven year old son Jesse. She knows Jesse needs a strong male role model especially after the teen street gangs of Oakland tried recruiting him, but also does not want a man in her life.

After raising his twin brothers starting when he was eighteen and they were ten following the deaths of their parents, Mac Struthers is looking forward to no responsibilities for others. Thus he thinks the new neighbor is cute, but she has an angry son that he can do without. Although both detest the attraction between them, neither can ignore it though they try. As they fall in love, each knows a disturbed tweener takes precedent over their feelings.

The key to this fine contemporary island romance is Jesse as his mom wants what is bet for him and though he wants to remains aloof and different, so does Mac who cannot help but care. The lead couple is attracted to one another, but understanding that the troubled tweener comes before their desire. Fans will relish this delightful tale as the well written romance is enhanced by a troubled tweener.

Harriet Klausner

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