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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys by Lynnette Hallberg

Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys by Lynnette Hallberg
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (316 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

One pro-football player, one sex-ed teacher, an embezzler, a shocking secret, and hot Georgia nights equal spontaneous combustion!

Katie Sara McMichaels spends her life following the rules. She defines the envelope, while her former high school sweetheart, bad boy Reiner Broderick, spends his days—and nights—pushing that same envelope. Neither has any intention of returning to Paradox, Georgia.

Fate, however, is fickle. When Katie Sara returns home to bury her father, she takes the job of sex-ed teacher at the small town’s high school. Reiner, the permanently sidelined, Super-Bowl-winning quarterback, finds himself called to duty as bachelor-father to his pierced, Goth, purple-and-red-haired niece while his brother and sister-in-law serve in the Middle East.

One touch and the magic is back…but so are the problems. Broken promises, betrayal and devastating secrets. Can Reiner and Katie Sara learn to trust…and love…the second time around?

Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys -- the title alone is enough to snare a reader’s attention. However, it is the fantastic story contained within the pages that will lure you in and maintain your interest. Author Lynnette Hallberg has created a book that will keep you reading and, by the time you’ve finished the journey, steal your heart.

Katie Sara has returned to her hometown of Paradox for a fresh start. Her past is laced with pain and heartache and she just wants a chance to settle down, find a level of peace, and move on with her life. Unfortunately, her high school sweetheart turned world famous quarterback has also returned to their former stomping grounds. Now she is stuck in a battle that combines the past with the present. Reiner was everything she wanted -- smart, gorgeous, and the consummate bad boy. Time hasn’t changed that. However, Katie Sara has a secret that could end everything before it’s even had the opportunity to begin.

Thus is the basis of Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys, and as the mystery was unraveled, I found myself unable to turn away. I couldn’t wait to discover what the “big secret” Katie Sara had kept over the years, and although I was able to figure things out just before the reveal, I can say I was pleasantly surprised at the level of emotion, heartache and forgiveness involve. There is so much more here than what you see on the surface, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys is one of those stories that a reviewer has to be careful not to spoil as a reader should experience the journey as intended. Romantics will absolutely love Katie Sarah and Reiner, as well as the secondary characters that are wonderfully developed and play such an important role in the work. The writing is fantastic, the material is tightly written, and the characters and their motivations keep you turning the pages to learn what happens next.

Those in the mood for a solid romance with an enormous amount of humor, wit, and heart should be sure to place Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys onto their TBR lists. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and cannot wait to read more from Ms. Hallberg in the future.