Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: A Small-Town Reunion - Built to Last series
Author: Terry McLaughlin
Publisher: Harlequin (SuperRomance)
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Carnelian Cove CA
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Terry's Website: www.terrymclaughlin.com
Her business was already floundering, but since the earthquake hit Carnelian Cove itís in jeopardy of drowning. Creating pictures with stained glass is more than a business to Addie Sutton, itís a passion.
When the opportunity to restore earthquake-damaged stained glass windows presents itself Addie is more than eager to accept. With it, however, comes Devlin Chandler. He broke Addieís heart more than once, if only in her mind. Sheís not quite prepared for the assault heíll bring on her emotions. She is a big girl now, and should be more than capable of handling one man, sexy and enigmatic though he may be.
Dev is back in town with a purpose; to go through his fathers letters and files to find answers regarding his fatherís death and company that have been gnawing at him for years. His grandmother would prefer he let it lay, but he canít. His grandmother would prefer he leave Addie alone, too, but he canít. She gets under his skin and into his blood. Sheís unlike any woman heís ever met, known, dated.
Their previous history is complex and painful. Things were done, said or not said creating hurts and chasms between Dev and Addie. History has a way of repeating itself, but will it in their case? Dev wants to give it a chance, but to what lengths will he have to go to in order to prove to Addie they can have it all?
Addie and Dev are from different ends of the spectrum. Their hearts are both drawn to each other but there are plenty of reasons both real and imagined that can and should keep them apart. Itís the spark of connection they feel and the underlying sense of vulnerability they both display that captures the readerís attention.
Ms. McLaughlinís writing appeals to the reader; she successfully finds ways of blending humor with heated conflict and emotional heartstrings with sensual passion. Itís always a pleasure to read one of her books.
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