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Book Review: When Love Arrives

Look out – this one is actually taking place in modern day!

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The publisher’s blurb:

An Unlikely Couple Struggles to Reconcile the Burdens of Their Past

Dani Prescott came to the children’s hospital to spy on Brett Somers–so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she’d seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can’t believe the story Brett’s trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged–and maddeningly handsome–Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something–but he’s got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

What I thought of the book:

I don’t normally go for contemporary romance books. They don’t carry me away, really invite me to become involved in the tale, to want to know the characters better. (Hecks, to don a Regency gown and slippers and dance a reel!)

Maybe that’s why I felt at a distance with Brett Somers and Dani Prescott at first. The story had me confused in the beginning, too – why was he outside a hospital, and concerned about one of the children there? Why was she following him, taking photos of him? We find out he had an interview recently where he blames her mother for a plane crash that killed his parents and her mother (who was the pilot), and that she’s out for revenge by spying on him in the hopes that she digs up some dirt to harm him publically. Personally, I was shaking my head at Dani, thinking she sure doesn’t know how to be good and sneaky. Then Brett saunters on over, asking her what she’s taking pictures of, and then asks her on a date. What?

It was a bit of an awkward way to throw these two together, but it begins to work. Brett has always had throw-away affairs: women who want him for his money, his good looks, the lifestyle he could offer a Mrs. Somers. He’s used that to his advantage, and left many a “model perfect” woman crying in his wake. Dani isn’t perfect, by far. She’s nothing like what he’s gone for before, which is part of the allure. He’s tired of being a playboy who uses people for his and his friends’ amusement. Not quite sure what he wants for the future, but he’s trying to overcome his past.

Dani was a bit confusing to me. She begins to fall for Brett, but then she still seems to want her revenge for her mother’s sake. I’ll confess, there were times I just wanted to shake her. And how in the world is she going to explain her real motives to Brett and his family and friends, because she’s going to have to do that sooner or later – or just walk away from love.

This is the second in a series, and I think it would be best to read the first book, Where She Belongs, before reading this one. I’m wishing I had! 🙂

 

**I was sent this copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**

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Author:

Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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