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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lani’s Makeshift Family by Lori Avocato

Lani’s Makeshift Family by Lori Avocato
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (204 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Ivy

A reclusive pilot’s seclusion in his wilderness cabin is interrupted by a novice mother and her adopted twin babies. Soon he finds seclusion isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
Lani Cabot ducks into an empty cabin with her twin babies after weather makes travel impossible, and is awakened in the night by a prowler. After knocking Nick Hunter out with a frying pan, she learns that her home invader is the cabin’s owner. The two are stuck with each other until Mother Nature says otherwise.

This sensual survival story features an imperfect heroine with a lot of baggage. Her admirable traits--taking in two orphans, facing her unknown future alone--make her believable and fairly entertaining to watch. Lani grows faster than her two toddlers as she deals with staying warm, understanding motherhood, and the confusing Nick Hunter.

Nick is a broken man with some terrible habits. As he struggles to deal with the presence of children and an attractive woman, it’s impossible for him not to re-experience the pain he felt when he lost his first family. His disagreeable nature is almost charming; it’s a pleasure to watch the two babies work their magic on his gruff exterior.

I enjoyed the tension between Lani and Nick and found the pacing of their smoldering romance believable. Things don’t happen too fast, in the short time they come together, but the attraction and admiration is all there.

Ms. Avocato’s writing reads cleanly and is thoughtful. She delves deeply enough into her character’s motivations and fears to keep you reading. Lani’s Makeshift Family is a character-driven story with all of the elements of comfort, romance, and hope.