It takes one to know one The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they’re a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And everything that happens between them proves her right. Even better, they both agree their one night together is all they’ll share. Now, years later, Seth remains one of Vivian’s favourite memories. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because when she sees him again he’s still sinfully attractive. More than that, she actually likes the man he is. When Seth suddenly becomes a full-time dad to a newborn, Vivian falls hard. Despite the changes, however, she knows Seth will never settle down. And he will definitely never commit to one woman. So she needs to strengthen her defences before she gets into real trouble!
This is one of Sarah Mayberry’s best books.
The first book in this Harlequin line I ever read was another Mayberry book: Her Best Friend. It made me a fan of both the author and the category line, but it has been a while since I read one I enjoyed as much as this.
I’m going to be honest: I might not have bought this one. I had a review copy and I thought I’d give it a go because I’ve liked the author in the past and because of the Australian setting. I assumed the book would be edited into blatant US English (it was – and it drove me batty), and I wasn’t so sure about the baby-centric storyline.
However, it’s the writing that made something that could have been pretty blah and run-of-the-mill excellent.
When you read a Mayberry book it becomes clear how old-fashioned and unrealistic a lot of contemporary romance is. This author’s characters, their actions and their interests are real, current, the way people in their twenties and thirties actually are. They speak like regular people, act like regular people, and so my attachment to the story was so much greater.
There’s quite a lot of sadness in this book, but I didn’t find it depressing. It was an emotional roller coaster of a story, made all the more so because it was written in such a realistic way.
I’m still supremely annoyed with Harlequin for their refusal to allow any non-US English in their books. The thirteen references to diapers (a word that doesn’t exist outside of US English) made me mad. I could definitely have done without the twenty-two references to an ass (as far as I know, there weren’t any donkeys in the book!). Little things that work their hardest to spoil the feeling and setting of a story. It’s really not good enough. Why treat American readers like idiots?
I know this isn’t the author’s fault. In fact, there were a few slip-ups where the correct terminology made it into the copy I read!
This is a very, very good book. Sarah Mayberry captures people, their feelings and actions better than pretty much anybody. She makes it clear how rare it is for romance genre characters to behave like normal people, and I’d love it if more authors read her books and learnt a thing or two about using a bit of realism in their work!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.