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Monday, September 28, 2009

Crossing The Line by Ann Wayne

Crossing The Line by Ann Wayne
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (102 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

After a messy divorce, Steven doesn't trust anyone except his best friend Kendra. Friends since childhood she’s got his back, helping him pick up the pieces of his life and learn to love again. But when his thoughts of friendship turn to romance will Kendra still be there for him?

Kendra knows letting Steven stay with her for a little while is a bad idea, but he's her best friend. She suddenly finds herself attracted to him, wanting more than the friendship they've always shared. Does she dare risk her heart and cross the line?

The opening scene of a wife’s betrayal in the family bed sets the scene and mood for this story. Steven has two women in his life, his wife Shanna and his life-long friend Kendra. And when his life falls apart he turns to his life-long friend.

Ms Wayne examines and plays with the intricacies of emotions when family ties break down. We learn about Steven’s work and his goals for the future. We watch as his ex wife transforms as the story develops, but it is the interactions between Steven and Kendra that take centre stage.

Even allowing for the devastation Steven experiences as he lives through his divorce, I failed to find that spark that would allow me to bond with him as Ms. Wayne depicted Steven as being a whisker away from becoming an alcoholic.

Her depiction of Kendra as she faced an unpalatable choice of speaking her mind, telling the truth, and losing the best friend she’d relied on all her life was very well drawn. Kendra is flawed in a way that most readers will relate to and understand. Her reactions to circumstances are gutsy and realistic. Kendra lacks tolerance and doesn’t understand the wall-flower mentality, so when she’s placed in an unfamiliar situation, she does what she does best. She faces the situation head-on.

What situation? And with what results? Read this story to find out.