Synopsis: Matchmaking friends send Beth Davis on a date with millionaire bachelor Todd Graham. Not exactly Cinderella material, Beth is a widowed, nearly-forty suburban mom. Being auctioned off for charity to someone twice his usual dating range (and closer to his own age), Todd was not happy about his date until he met Beth. He’s fascinated by her and wants to see her again, but Beth doesn’t trust he will eventually promise forever.
Cover: The original cover from the 90s isn’t all that fabulous, but the 2015 edition’s artwork is much improved and more in keeping to Susan Mallery’s other novels. The newer cover has a great sense of space and colour, as well as show an cute couple frolicking in a field… which I don’t actually recall ever happening, but still looks adorable.
Format: The ebook I have has some serious issues– every form of punctuation other than periods are boxes. Quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, commas… You name it and it’s a square. Needless to say, this made it difficult to get lost in the story.
Plot: I quite enjoyed the general storyline of a recently widowed mother meeting love unexpectedly. I always like a love story where the man is a millionaire and yet down-to-earth and daddy-material. However much I liked the plot and assume Beth does what she does to get the storyline from point A to C, I would have rather some of those middle scenes been written differently so the MC was a little less *readerfacepalm*
Romance: Todd becomes book-boyfriend material. He starts off a little questionable, but soon transforms into a reformed player who owns his own business and is completely ready to commit to a family. He often puts Beth and her kids before everything else, and was very understanding of Beth’s foibles. Had Beth been more consistent of character, I might have considered these two a OTP.
Character Development: Beth annoyed me to no end. She was just so wishy-washy and had a hair-trigger temper, that I couldn’t quite like her. Beth could never make up her mind, and was constantly starting pointless arguments (some entirely avoidable had she only been willing to actually listen). Then when given advice by her best friend –repeatedly—within seconds she would realize she was in the wrong. While some of Beth’s fears were valid, one in particular was ridiculous. Beth’s two boyfriends were fabulous husband-material types, yet she was actually complaining about not having to date a bunch of jerks. Her love interest had the patience of a saint, because I would have long since left that relationship.
Quote: We can love a lot of people at the same time. It doesn’t mean we’re disloyal, it means that we’re living up to our potential as human beings. The capacity to love and feel compassion is one of the things that makes us special.
Verdict: I am sorry to say I was a bit disappointed by this book. I absolutely adore Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, and was expecting this to be on par with her other works. However, as this book is written about ten years prior I can only assume the author was still learning her craft. If you want to read a book by Susan Mallery, skip this one.