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Monday, June 13, 2011

Falling for You by Linda Engman

Falling for You by Linda Engman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (238 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating 3.5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Recently widowed and looking to mend her broken heart, attorney Heather Grant, and her two young sons move back to her hometown of Cedar Point. The last thing she expects is to fall for a mysterious and dangerously good-looking mechanic with a devilish smile and six-pack abs. The only thing hockey star, Cooper Gerhardt wanted was a year to heal his injuries, the chance to have a regular job and some semblance of a normal life. That is until he came to the aid of Heather. He finds himself fighting to resist her drop-dead gorgeous, sinful body and touch of vulnerability. They both have pasts filled with pain and regret. Can they learn to trust and love again—or will they let the past destroy their second chance for happiness?

Heather Grant didn’t come home with her tail between her legs. She’s proud of what she’s achieved and of her two boys. No, she came home because it’s where her heart and family is and where she needed to be to recoup after the death of her husband and the ensuing scandal. Cooper Gerhardt came home to Cedar Point, Michigan because it’s close to where he plays for the Detroit Red Wings and because, well because it’s home and it’s where he’s regrouping from a hockey injury. He's still half reeling from his most recent disastrous relationship and the last thing he needs is the complications of a potential relationship with the 'I’m too sexy for my stilettos Heather Grant'.

Linda Engman brings us this novel which could be from the local TV station in the middle of the afternoon tuned into any of the soap operas out there complete with larger than life GQ characters and hot sexy steamy love scenes; the one thing different is you’ll like these characters even through all the mistakes they seem destined to make and repeat.

You’ll find yourself pulled into the drama and it doesn’t let you go until the end. The dialogue is 'in your face' expletives when it’s the guys and then more toned down and a little more upper class when it’s the gals; of course these gals don’t mind swinging a four letter word or two around either. Her characters are outlandish and yet could easily be the guy or gal next door and she lets us know each one intimately. Her hero Cooper and heroine Heather define a relationship-impaired couple and it’s we the readers who get the fun of seeing them tossed about the tornado known as falling in love. The love scenes are hot, steamy and you’ll definitely need to turn down the temp to survive it. At times during these scenes I felt the narrative a bit forced and it lost its flow just a bit. Other than that it was great and this tiny problem did not lesson my enjoyment of the read.

Do you like larger than life characters, cold winter scenes, hot love scenes and love that will warm your heart, well then look no further and give “Falling for You” a try. You’ll be glad you did.