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Monday, September 26, 2011

A Forever Kind of Guy, Barbara Meyers

Book Description: Contemporary Romance
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Book Summary:
Is he the real deal, or just another regret waiting to happen?

First on Hayley Christopher’s list to get her train-wreck life back on track: stay away from men. Especially the ones who cause a ripple effect of bad decisions.

Still reeling from a high-profile divorce, the college dropout and former pro cheerleader is stumbling through yet another challenge—temporary custody of her nephew, Fletcher. No one knows better than Hayley that she’s not mother material. When she opens the door to her new landlord and old flame, she wonders just how many more past mistakes she is destined to pay for.

After the death of his wife, Ray Braddock is still putting the pieces back together. Hayley—and the silent little boy at her side—both bristle with emotional barriers so high, it appears no one but him can see that together, three broken people just might make a whole family.

As she watches Fletcher respond to Ray’s patient care, Hayley’s determination to hold on to her heart begins to soften. But just when she begins to think that Ray is one opportunity she shouldn’t let slip by, Fletcher’s gang-connected father threatens to make her pay for the one good choice she ever made…

Warning: Touches on issues of death, child abandonment, neglectful parenting. Sensuous love scenes.

Naughty D's Review:
To my knowledge this is the first real contemporary romance I've personally read that's been published by Samhain.  I am used reading Samhain’s uber steamy erotic books, this is also the first book I've read by Barbara Meyers.  I wasn't sure what I would find with A Forever Kind of Guy, but I found I really enjoyed it!

I absolutely LOVED Ray from the beginning and what’s not to LOVE about Haley’s nephew Fletcher.  I DID NOT want to like Haley, she is a retired professional cheerleader and started out extremely self-centered. 

In a Forever Kind of Guy, Ms. Meyers takes on us Haley’s emotional journey of growth,  about half-way into the book I started cheering for her to get her head on straight and fall for Ray.  Ray is severely scarred by what happened to his late wife, but realizes that he is ready to fall in love again when he meets Haley. Haley is determined to head to L.A. once she gets Fletcher settled in foster care (another reason I didn’t care for Haley, but you have to read the book to get the why’s of her misguided reasoning).  Ray refuses to give up on Haley, he is strong, sexy and semi patient.  Their chemistry is hot and Haley gives a good fight, but has a hella time refusing Ray. Then Ray turns her world upside down by holding back his good lovin’ from her.   The bit about Fletcher’s bio-dad being a gang member adds an interesting twist to the story.

 Besides the great emotional growth and healing in this book, we also get to read great family and friend dynamics.  Hayley’s got great friends in Paige and Andre.  Rick’s parents are great, especially his feisty momma.  Ray’s brother Rick and sister in law Kaylee play a big part in this book, as does their daughter Molly. Rick, Kaylee and Molly’s story is book one, I didn’t realize there was a book one until I was half way into this book.  I wasn’t lost at all, but I do want to go back and read about the road to Rick and Kaylee’s HEA.   

As far as I'm concerned, A Forever Kind of Guy is a true contemporary romance.  The story is full of emotional strife, humor, family ties and life struggles with sweet lovin' thrown in. IMO the sexin' is at the right pace and right amount for the story.   I read the last word of A Forever Kind of Guy with a sigh and a smile on my face.

I give A Forever Kind of Guy

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