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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Review: Too Late For Romance

Too Late for Romance
by L.M. Gonzalez

Gloria Amaya wants her rose garden to flourish. She hires a gardener to help her. When she meets Matt, thoughts of her dying rose bushes wilt to the ground. Immediately attracted to him, she kisses him and melts.

Matt Cerda knows everything about gardens as he has been working with plants, flowers and other green living things since he was a little boy. However, when he meets Gloria, he realizes that hers is one garden that needs more than a little tender loving care. And the lady could use it, too.

Matters are complicated when her sons and his daughters get in an uproar with Matt and Gloria in the middle of it. Health issues, job insecurities and phobias cause more difficulties for the couple. Can Gloria and Matt weed through all this baggage and allow their love to blossom?

Too Late for Romance, by L.M. Gonzalez is a surprisingly fun contemporary romance. Characters are fresh and believable, down to earth, yet interesting. Day to day life might not be startling, but it is something any reader can identify with. Gloria may feel old, and being the mother of a teenager (her baby!) can make you feel old. She has a life of making macaroni and cheese, because the kid wants it with every meal. Nurturing is part of her, though; from raising kids to improving her garden.

When a particularly attractive gentleman, one who seems to share that quality, happens into her life, Gloria does what any woman would do. She's shocked and can't believe it. Every once in a while, readers will be puzzled by how this gentleman, the gardener, seems to step out of character, but this does have the effect of making their relationship less predictable. This story is a real hoot in many places, and showcases Gloria far too well: hamburgers and a pizza distract her, nearly as much as the handsome guy out in the garden.

Too late for Romance is an unusual and lively tale, and it blossoms from what seems a very ordinary setting. L. M. Gonzalez shows a real gift in exploring the self, and sharing the unexpected.

reviewed by Snapdragon