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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fascination by Connie Keenan

Fascination by Connie Keenan
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (167 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel


That's all the time Alex Reinhard has to rescue a pilot and his passenger before their crashed plane explodes. He's no hero--yet that's what everyone's calling him. That's especially what he seems to be in the eyes of Candy Norwood, the woman whose life he saved. The mild-mannered bachelor, who happens to be more Clark Kent than Superman, can't deny the sparks flaring up between him and the pretty investment executive. Make that former exec, since Candy left her glamorous Wall Street life behind to find what she considers true success: a peaceful life right there in Alex's hometown.

And she's making room in that life for him. What Candy has for her hero, the hunky but shy owner of the local diner, is more than attraction, it's fascination. That troubles Alex, because isn't this lady way out of his league? Is she just grateful to him for having pulled her from the wreckage? In any case, the man's in trouble, because that fascination is mutual. And the more time he spends in her arms, the more he kisses her, the more powerful her spell over him.

One thing's for certain: There's a short distance between fascination and a deep, true love that can last forever. And that's a distance about to be crossed by two people brought together by fate.

Sometimes it only takes a moment to change destiny. When a small plane fell out of the sky just in front of his car Alex couldn’t believe his eyes. For a confused moment he didn’t know what to do, and then he let instinct guide him not knowing his next actions would change his life forever.

Connie Keenan creates plenty of challenges for her characters to overcome. Alex carries old dreams and resentments while Candy has found what she wants out of life and has given up more than most people could dream of. But convincing others to accept her decisions is not easy.

Light-years might describe the difference in their backgrounds but they have more in common than expected. And yet Alex and Candy come across the page as real people with understandable issues of self worth and self belief. Do not mistake this for ‘wimpy’. They are not. They have a gentle strength that offers a warm glow to the heart of the reader.

There are misunderstandings, ‘bad-guys’ who are not quite what they seem, and friends a-plenty who in their own way become life’s teachers.

The writing is easy and fluent, and the style depicts both characters cleanly in a way most people will relate to. If you are in the mood for a charming, gentle, feel-good-factor read, then this is the book for you.