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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Taking Advantage by Larry Hammersley

Taking Advantage by Larry Hammersley
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical romance
Heat Level: Sweet
Length: Short (37 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Zack Thompson has been crazy about Gloria Garner ever since she came to Sheffield High in their freshman year. She's been elected basketball queen four years running and only dates the three top athletes. How can Zack compete for Gloria's hand when he's no good at sports and lacking in the looks department? And as if that weren't enough, Gloria has a super strict mother who has to approve her daughter's every date. Does Zack's excellence in academics and his gentlemanly conduct count for anything?

"Taking Advantage" takes us back to the early days of the old radio shows; to The Lone Ranger and to a time with a different pace of life. Likewise, the story itself sets its own pace. While mildly nostalgic, it is still active and forward moving.

Zack is utterly enchanted by a fellow high school student, but his challenges--mainly low self esteem–-aren’t going to be overcome at the prodding of his kid sister. He has to find someway to shine though, or else lovely Gloria Garner will forever be dating the good-looking athletes at school.

Gloria gives us pause. Lovely as she is, is she worthy of him? Can she be the right girl for a nicer and smarter than average guy?

While this is a comfortably familiar tale, it has its surprises. It’s also filled to the brim with absolute charm. Its short, but it’s characters are real. Hammersley has given us a real old-time love story.

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