USA TODAY bestselling author Allison Leigh introduces readers to a reluctant hero – and the woman who just might heal his wounded heart – in this newest addition to her popular miniseries, Return to the Double C!
Small town deputy Sloan McCray was making amends for his past. They called him a hero but only he had to live with the difficult choices he’d made. And he certainly wasn’t prepared to fall in love again, not even with his beautiful – and innocent – new neighbour, whose very presence was a balm to his troubled soul.
There was no doubt in Abby Marcum’s mind that Sloan was the guy for her. Though she’d moved to Weaver, Wyoming, to make a better life for her little brother, she saw her future with Sloan. Now she had to convince the man who felt unworthy of love that she and her heart were his for the asking.
I imagine writing Harlequin Special Edition books can be a challenge. I’d like to know more about the ‘rules’ for this line, because they seem to be aiming for ‘wholesome’ in some aspects, but allowing more realistic behaviour in others.
I think Allison Leigh handled this dilemma very well, though I did cringe rather badly when the twenty-three year old heroine exclaimed, “Oh, criminy!” (an interesting fact: nobody under a hundred and fifty says ‘Oh, criminy’!).
Sometimes you just want to read a warm and fuzzy book where people are going about their daily lives, as I did when I picked this one up. I squeezed it in the middle of a suspense read-a-thon, enjoying the chance to break up my experiences with gun-wielding former SEALs. Some category romance books can be too sickly for my liking, but I just didn’t get that niggling feeling with A Weaver Beginning. Sure, there’re kids and cookies and there’s even a rescue dog inserted at a warm and fuzzy point in the story, but none of it bugged me.
This must mean the author managed the limitations of her Harlequin line better than most!
A Weaver Beginning is a book connected to other books, and you’re going to stumble across a lot of characters you’ll feel like you should have met before. However I didn’t have much of a problem with it, and can’t imagine anybody else would either.
One strange thing that popped up a few times was the use of the word WAKED where I would have used WOKE. I’ve never seen anybody use that word before (perhaps it’s acceptable in American English?), and found it very distracting! Also, are there not laws about small children riding in the front of cars in the US? Little Dillon riding in a grownup seat in the front of a police car made me pause for a moment there!
This was a nice book. One that did exactly what I was in the mood for it to do.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.