Monday, February 22, 2010

If You Were My Man-Francis Ray

If You Were My Man
Francis Ray
St. Martin’s, Mar 2 2010, $14.99
ISBN: 9780312573690

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at Widow Nathalyia Fontaine’s seafood restaurant Fontaine, the owner and police officer hostage negotiator Rafael Dunlap meet. Both feels love at first sight. However, Rafael has commitment issues due to his line of work; while Nathalyia has to deal with her troublesome sister, Theresa, who just arrived and has not dated since her spouse died four years ago. Nathalyia employs her sibling who begins stealing from her.

Although both have doubts, Rafael and Nathalyia begin seeing one another. However, Nathalyia is put on a spot of choosing between a hard place and a rock, so she ends their relationship though that breaks her heart. Her sacrifice fails to keep her beloved Rafael safe as she considers telling him the whole truth.

With a strong supporting subplot involving the heroine’s BFF enhancing the prime theme of a second chance at love tale, fans of Francis Ray’s Invincible Women saga will appreciate If You Were My Man. The story line is a deep entry, made profound by Nathalyia having to make difficult selections. Readers will relish this fine tale.

Harriet Klausner

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