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Monday, June 15, 2009

A Man for the Summer by Ruby Bartek

A Man for the Summer by Ruby Bartek
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (198 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Dentist Junior Atkinson left her tiny home town to see if she would fit in better in the big city.

She definitely didn’t.

Now she’s back, living in the house she grew up in, friendly with every citizen of the two-stoplight town. Things couldn’t be more wonderful. Well, maybe if her patients paid her regularly.

If there was an eligible man in a fifty-mile radius.

If she hadn’t just been told that a medical condition meant she had only a few more fertile months despite her tender age of twenty-eight.

Junior barely has time to digest this news when she finds hunky travel book author Griff Ross in her chair with a hell of a toothache.

Put a free spirit with an uptight character and what do you get?

Cleverly crafted words that set up the misconception that pulls loner, Griff Ross, under the spell of dentist, Junior Atkinson.

For Junior it's a matter of finding a willing sperm donor who'll walk away no questions asked.

For Griff, it's a matter of fulfilling Junior's dreams--or so he thinks. When Junior's dreams fall apart, Griff fights to make them a reality, but her dreams have chaged. Will he be so eager to fullfill her dreams when he realises they include, roses round the door, white picket fences and happily ever after?

Ruby Bartek put these two mismatched characters together and weaves in all sorts of complications. Place them in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and all their business, and you may as well put these two in a goldfish bowl, or take out an ad in the local paper. Her cast of secondary characters play an integral part in moving the story along, and taking the reader into a warm, loving family environment.

I enjoyed this story of a small town, close-knit families and fun. I think you will, too.