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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Her Maine Man by by Sylvie Kaye

Her Maine Man by by Sylvie Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Full (316 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

One weekend a year to bare your soul and your passion. He couldn’t believe the sweet deal she was offering. No commitment, just pure release.

A deathbed promise takes Jon from his consulting desk to a remote island in Maine, where he becomes entangled with one of the loose ends.

As one of the island’s first family and a target for scandal, Maddie longs to share her body and her secrets. The sexy, visiting consultant seems perfect for a clandestine, once-a-year affair—until once isn’t enough.

Jonathan Matthews finds himself talked into an island getaway, and it is not a tropical island, either.

He doesn’t go expecting a good time; there will be no Bahama–Mamas or tropical sun. Before he even arrives and is still aboard the ferry, he sees first the perfectly quaint Maine scenery, and then someone akin to a goddess, over at the rail.

Of course, both of the protagonists have issues that make any relationship doubtful. And, we aren't even sure what we want to happen.

Jon establishes a definite preference for fast cars and willing blonds. He’s truly not a very engaging main man there, at the start. He does have that "something" though. The dialogue is snappy and reveals a lot about our characters. We know Jon is inclined to be a touch whiny as he tries to weasel out of helping his brother-in-law.

Maddie thinks she’s her own person, very independent and professional. In fact, she’s the rock for her family, and a responsible nurse, too. In fact, reputation and expectation have created something of a prison for her. With a lot on her hands, she’s shocked by a certain family member’s revelations…which is also, maybe, just a touch psychologically freeing. These are really complex characters, and their motivations and true feelings only surface over time.

Interest and attraction accompany the first meeting of Jon and Maddie. Both have already revealed something about themselves. We expect things to change for each of them, almost at once. They share some classic romance-type misunderstandings and misdirection, but you see where this is headed, and for once everything happens the way you want it too… except, not really. The perfection of the arrangement, utterly without commitment, suits both of them at first. Intimacy presents problems, in different ways, for each of them. And each of their decisions impacts on other family members.

Her Maine Man continuously maintains reader interest and curiosity. Tension builds nicely throughout, with unique characters and an unusual enough situation to make things unpredictable. It’s a nicely written romance, with some really touching moments.