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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Trouble With Tessa by Lainey Bancroft

The Trouble With Tessa by Lainey Bancroft
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (336 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

At thirty-five, Erin Sanders has resigned herself to a single, childless lifestyle. Then dynamic Tanner walks into her office and proposes that she pretend to date him in order to assess the mental well-being of Tessa, his orphaned niece. Erin falls hard and fast for the man. As an added bonus, she and the delightful Tessa come to adore each other. But like all things too good to be true, she discovers her perfect stud may be a perfectly deceptive dud.

Thirty-five-year-old therapist Erin, emotionally locked down and controlling, helps others resolve their problems. She does the “right” things but often for the “wrong” reasons. Unable to get over some bad choices she made in the past, Erin comes perilously close to sabotaging her chances for a future full of joy, love, and being adored.

Tanner, bless his heart, does things for the “right” reasons, but his deceptions, omissions, and his need to keep control and protect bring a ton of misery crashing down on him. He does so want to do what needs to be done to take care of those he loves.

Tessa is the most appealing of all. Her sense of humor, common sense approach to life, and her acceptance of others add a delightful freshness to the story that lightens some of the dark and heavy problems that Erin and Tanner have to drag out into the open and deal with before they can move on.

THE TROUBLE WITH TESSA is filled with characters that seem so real. They deal with prejudice, financial worries, care of the sick and aged, catastrophic illness, babies born out of wedlock, and inner conflict that cause a barrel of tears and any number of sleepless nights.

The roller coaster of emotional highs and lows keeps the reader turning pages. The author’s occasional misuse of words causes a stutter from time to time, but the compelling need to find out what happens to these characters keeps the reader’s interest.

THE TROUBLE WITH TESSA, a story of forgiveness, acceptance, and unconditional love, examines attitudes that hurt, but it also shows how love can overcome monumental obstacles.