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Friday, February 6, 2009

Blueprint for Love by Monya Clayton

Blueprint for Love by Monya Clayton
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (220 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Property developer Paul McIvor wants to uproot the Palm Garden, and build a luxury hotel on the site. Cathy Brown, president of the local environment committee, wants the garden left as it is. They are on opposite sides of the argument, and their personalities clash. Yet they are passionately attracted to each other. Paul believes the attraction is merely physical. Cathy believes it’s merely physical. But it just won’t go away.

The fight over the Palm Garden throws them together, and pulls them apart. It seems impossible for them to create a lasting relationship. Yet maybe, in the end, the plans for the hotel will somehow serve as a perfect Blueprint for Love.

Unbridled, hot emotion pitted against icy, pigheaded pride brings about a conflict that saps the energy of both Catherine Brown and Paul McIvor. Their respective personalities serve them well for the jobs they do but for forging a relationship that will sustain the overwhelming love they feel for each other it is devastating.

Monya Clayton creates appealing family and friend relationships that bring realness to Blueprint for Love. Her descriptions of settings add to the realness. The conflict between environmentalists and developers is an often-used theme but it works well as a backdrop for Catherine’s volatile personality that is rather extreme for a mature, intelligent adult. The theme also works for Paul’s “all-business” attitude. The theme of inability to compromise gives thought-provoking insight into human nature and keeps the reader turning pages.

The horrific incident that helps Catherine and Paul get past a monumental obstacle revs up the adrenaline and immerses the reader into the emotional and memorable decision about Catherine and Paul trying to make a blueprint for their love. If you like stories about strong personalities and how they try to manage love, Blueprint for Love is one you will enjoy.