Fighting For Keeps
Harlequin Heartwarming, May 1 2015, $6.50
Head nurse Lindsay Harper loves being the favorite aunt of her five tweener and younger nieces and nephews; as she gets to do only fun things with them while breaking the rules. However, that changes when tragedy leaves her brother Nathan and his wife of ten years Rachel dead. Lindsay must adapt to being a parent after years as the best buddy.
MMA warrior Noah Parks loves Lindsay, but though she reciprocates she rejects him for being a dolt; as only an idiot would take beatings for a living. He never told his beloved that he also uses his fighting skills to help at risk teens gain needed internal discipline and guidance though Noah knows that will help him win her heart; as he wants Lindsay to love the entire him and not just the community volunteer. As Lindsay struggles with converting into a responsible parent, Noah is there to help her and her charges; but that and love may not be enough for this couple.
With a nod to the Gary Marshall directed film Raising Helen, Fighting for Keeps is a fine family drama in which the lead adults recognize the needs of the children come before their desires. The metamorphous of fun loving Aunt Lindsay to responsible parent is superbly developed because the desperate heroine adapts her ER skills to raise her grieving wards in spite of their demanding the return of the rabble-rouser back. The latest Brookhollow Story (see Mistletoe Melody and Falling For Leah) is a wonderful tale.