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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cutting to the Chase by Stephanie Morris

Cutting to the Chase by Stephanie Morris
Publisher: Sugar and Spice Press
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial
Length: Short (125 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Ashley Bennett is a physical therapist burnt out from the job because of all of the rich, spoiled patients she has had to put up with. She moves back to San Angelo, TX to be closer to her family and friends. She has made enough money to live comfortably for a little while until she decides what she wants to do. Unfortunately things don’t go as she planned. Upon stopping by the hospital where she started out in physical therapy, she runs into her old mentor. While there, her help is enlisted for a patient who needs her expertise. When she finds out the new patient is Christopher Morgan, her world is sent into a tailspin. She and Chris have a history. They have been friends since the age of five, and she had kept a secret from him. It is a secret that could rock the foundation of their friendship. She is in love with him.

Christopher Morgan feels like he is having the worst luck in the world lately. His mother is an awful meddlesome matchmaker distracting him from being able to find the woman of his dreams on his own. It only gets worse when his horse training session goes awry and he ends up in the hospital. To top it all off he is told his new physical therapist is Ashley Bennett, his childhood friend and the woman he has secretly been in love with for years. He had no idea she was back in town, but now that he does he doesn't plan to let her go.

A meddling Mama and uncooperative son drop the reader straight into a major conflict. Only Mama doesn’t know her son’s heart is already given to another!

Chris runs his own ranch for training and breaking in horses. He’s loves his work and lives for the outdoors. He accepts that Ashley, the only woman he’ll ever love is never likely to look in his direction.

Private physical therapist, Ashley, returns home to San Angelo, Texas after the lure of the big city burns dry. While she’s discussing her future with her old mentor at the hospital he asks her to take on a difficult and complex patient whose just been admitted after a riding accident.

Ms Morris introduces the reader to the vagaries and machinations of both families as Chris and Ashley admit to each other their long-time attraction to each other and come to terms with their fears and dreams.

Timelines in any story if not handles well can disrupt the smooth flow of a story, Ms Morris deals with the passage of time fluently before this charming story reaches its happy conclusion.

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