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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Headstrong by Meg Maguire

Headstrong by Meg Maguire
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (370 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Iris

Some hearts only want what they can’t have…

Libby Prentiss is ready to simply be herself. After half a lifetime rebelling against her privileged family’s expectations, she hopes her biological research trip to New Zealand will cut the cord for good.

It doesn’t take long to spot the hopelessly amateurish spy her overprotective father has hired to keep an eye on her. Fortunately, Reece Nolan’s desperation to save his family’s pub makes it all too easy to convince him to turn double-agent. Yet there’s something different about him. His icy reserve sets her on fire…and ignites a secret yearning to let him see the mass of insecurities she hides behind her provocative persona.

Where Reece is a glacier of cool self-control, his brother Colin is a hot-blooded, unpredictable volcano. Libby’s instant friendship with Colin is more satisfying than anything she’s ever known—and traps her in completely foreign territory. She’s caught between one man determined to hold her at arm’s length, and another who offers her the intense connection she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Something’s got to give or the fallout could tear them all apart…and put the Nolan family’s future in serious jeopardy.

A handsome, tattooed, bicycle courier vs. an uptight, stick in the mud former Olympian about to become police officer. Who would you choose? This touching story winds its way through secrets and history letting each character make their mistakes and detailing the way they all find their way to the future they want.

The best part of this story is also the worst. Libby, our heroine, seems to have her life in order – but really, it’s a mess. While on the surface, the story deals with her time doing research in New Zealand – making friends and having a good time, what she's really doing is straightening out her past and laying the groundwork for the future. In the mean time, her decisions are not always the safest or the most “sensical”.

Reece, Colin, Libby – They each hold a secret that's keeping them from moving forward, and the plot deals with each and entwines the answers around each of them and the three of them as a whole. No one can heal without the other two.

It’s a nice, in-depth book, and the heros are likeable as well as “hero” material. Libby is a little whiny and damaged, but the plot makes it work. It’s a good book to read when you need an engaging story. Put it on your to-be-read pile today!