Harlequin SuperRomance, Jun 3 2014, $6.75
In Shady Grove, ER nurse Charlotte Ellison still feels foolish though several weeks have passed since she inanely kissed the man she loves and considered to be the future father of her children O’Riley’s bar owner Kane Bartasavich. He reacted by patting her on the head and rejected her out of character advance.
Kane suffers a bad motorcycle accident. Although Charlotte knows she should keep her distance, she helps Kane recover. As they spend time together, Charlotte realizes her Kane is attracted to her and she believes he hid his feelings in order not to hurt her when he leaves town as the rolling stone he is always goes away. When his teenage daughter Estelle comes to town, Charlotte concludes her Kane is nothing like her fantasy image of him; the real man is much better but how to persuade him they belong together remains elusive.
This Shady Grove enjoyable contemporary romance (see Caught Up In You and Talk Of The Town) will remind readers of the Gigi and Alex segue from the movie He's Just Not That Into You. The cast is solid and the arrival of Estelle radically changes readers’ first impressions of the bad dude from his secondary role in What Happens Between Friends and the opening scenes in this story. The course of love is fun to follow even if it goes as expected; summed up by Estelle: “Daddy, I Love You, but sometimes you’re a real idiot.”