Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Hometown Hero Returns ~ Beth Kery

You can find Beth here and buy her book online at eHarlequin or at any major bookstore.


At eighteen, Marianna Itani thought she'd found the man of her dreams in Marc Kavanaugh, the quintessential boy-next-door. That perfect romance flew to pieces when an unspeakable tragedy tore them apart. Yet when Marc appeared in her life fifteen years later, the sparks that flew were as explosive as the day they first met.

Now their reignited passion was changing their lives in more ways than one: Mari was pregnant! She was set on putting the pain of the past behind her—not reopening scars that had never truly healed. And their baby might bring these star-crossed lovers back together—forever!

I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Kery’s erotic work and was excited to see a new branch in her already successful career.  Writing for Harlequin is very different from writing for nearly any other publisher on the planet because when you pick up any Harlequin novel, you know exactly what you’re getting.  Or you would, if you ever actually read them (unlike me, for the most part… but you won’t hold that against me, right?  Right?).

The theme of this novel is a familiar one.  Love lost at a young and tender age due to unforeseen – and uncontrollable – circumstances beyond the control of the hero and heroine.  Then, miraculously, after many years, the couple finds one another and is offered a second chance.  A very popular and often enjoyable storyline.  One I enjoy greatly because, at one time or another, we’ve all needed that second chance.  But Ms. Kery adds a special, emotional twist to this familiar theme and brings you into the story, heart and soul.   

The struggles that Mari and Marc face in making their second chance as successful as they both deserve are ones we all encounter on a regular basis – things in our past causing doubts, our family’s disapproval, the uncertain future with someone you once loved but are only just rediscovering.  But what makes this story so special is the forgiveness involved before the healing can start.  The absolute strength on Mari’s part to forget the past and be able to move on.  Marc’s unrelenting courage to face his past and make good on something that was never his fault. 

On the inside cover of this novel is this: Life, love and family!  These contemporary romances will strike a chord with you as the heroines juggle life and relationship on their way to true love.  This is, I’m guessing, the tag line for Harlequin’s Special Edition line and, let me tell you, this novel definitely did strike a chord with me in more ways than you’ll ever know.  Having a baby and being unable to break the news to anyone, the destruction that was wrought because of the addiction Marc’s father suffered from, the unbearable weight of having to bear responsibility of the actions of another person… it all hit home in a way that I hadn’t expected.  And the last two pages of the book?  Yeah, they had me bawling like a child missing her favorite teddy bear.  The faith, the hope, the undying love of a person with such a pure heart was more than I could bear.  I couldn’t recommend this book any more highly.    

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