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Friday, July 24, 2009

Solitary Man by Karen Drogin

Solitary Man by Karen Drogin (aka Carly Phillips)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (252 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Rugged Boston cop Kevin Manning had promised to look out for the family of his mortally wounded partner. He didn't think that comforting his partner's grieving sister Nikki would lead to a night of blazing passion. But convinced that a brooding loner has nothing to give a freshfaced beauty like Nikki, he leaves her to wake up alone, only to return months later to find her struggling to make ends meet - and carrying his child. Nikki couldn't forgive Kevin for abandoning her when she needed him most, or for being so desirable that her heart couldn't stop longing for him. When she accepted his offer of shelter and support, she convinced herself it was just until the baby was born and she was back on her feet. Still, something tender - and oh so tempting - in Kevin's heated gaze told her he just might need her as much as she needed him.

Some men find that their lives are complete with that special woman. Other’s find happiness on their own. In the case of Kevin Manning, circumstances he can’t control convince him he’s condemned to live life alone. When Nikki Welles intervenes, he’ll find he just may not be Solitary Man material.

Karen Drogin, who normally writes under the pen name of Carly Phillips, writes this novel. Unlike her other works, this novel has a slightly darker feel, but it’s just as fun to read. Her characters have problems and issues the reader can identify with.

Kevin swore he’d take care of his slain partner’s family, including his baby sister. He never realized that one night of passion would change his life so completely. The same goes for Nikki. One minute she’s a cocktail waitress, the next, she’s forced to re-evaluate her options.

I liked that he made mistakes in his life and that he’s struggling to deal with his choices. No one is ever totally sure at every moment of their lives. Who has ever second guessed a decision made? The reader can sympathize with Kevin and root for him to make good.

I liked that Nikki never gave up on Kevin or her dreams. Even when he shut the door on her, she adapted her plans. Her resourcefulness is endearing to the reader. You want to see her get everything she wants because she worked for it.

If you want a great read that’ll make you laugh, cry, and cheer for more, then you want to read Solitary Man. I give this novel 5 books.