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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Moonlight Cove by Sherryl Woods

Moonlight Cove by Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (384 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Azalea

Jess O'Brien has overcome a lot—the challenges of attention deficit disorder, the near bankruptcy of her beloved Inn at Eagle Point and her self-perception as a screwup in a family of overachievers. Now she's ready to share the future with a man. Her friends persuade her to join a dating service—but she gets no takers! Which is fine with her childhood friend, psychologist Will Lincoln, who's already chosen the perfect man for Jess: himself.

Will has loved Jess practically forever. He knows her faults and her strengths. But for all Will's sincerity and charm, Jess fears he views her as some psychological case study. With her family and the town of Chesapeake Shores behind him, Will finally makes his case. But is it enough to convince Jess to take the risk of a lifetime?

Psychologist Will Lincoln has loved Jess O’Brien since the two were in their early teens, but Jess, who struggles with attention deficit disorder, considers him a friend–and one with whom she barely gets along. How could they ever have a romantic relationship when she “knows” Will would be analyzing her not as a romantic interest but as a client?

Jess has overcome much in learning to manage her ADD and in making a success of the Inn at Eagle Point, even when it nearly fell into bankruptcy, but as an ADD child in a family of over-achievers, and still suffering from the abandonment of her mother who left when Jess was a child (even though she has returned and remarried Jess’ father), she doubts she can make a success of any relationship with a man.

However, when two close friends decide to try a new local online dating service, she somewhat reluctantly joins them. When no dates are forthcoming, she becomes discouraged, not knowing that Will, the man behind the dating service, wants Jess for himself. A kiss from Will changes Jess’ thinking, and she realizes she just might be interested in her family friend. Interest turns to jealousy when Will, in an effort to rid himself of his desire for Jess, tries his service to find a replacement.

While I enjoyed the nosy O’Brien family and thought Will a wonderful hero, even liked the other romantic side stories, particularly Connie’s relationship with Jess’ Uncle Thomas, I became annoyed with all the protagonists’ indecisiveness when it came to committing. In particular, Jess’ continual turning away from allowing herself to get closer to Will, and her constant tossing up of the ADD roadblock began to make this story seem like Groundhog Day. I wanted to shake her by the shoulders and say “Just get on with it.” Sometimes, Will’s indecisiveness made me want to shake him as well.

All things considered, Ms. Woods redeems herself by the end of this book and delivers a beautifully written story that will most certainly appeal to readers of the Chesapeake Shores series. Despite a slow start and indecisive protagonists, the ending will charm even the most jaded reader.