About the book: Rachel Whitney’s life changed forever when Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, was placed in her arms—and there he stayed. At twenty-two, she had no idea what she was doing, but in that moment, she knew that raising Drew was what she was meant to do with her life.
Fiercely independent, Rachel makes her own way managing her family's insurance agency. Decidedly against introducing any men into her life, or Drew’s, she protects her heart against all romantic entanglements. But what she didn’t count on was a letter from her sister that leads a famous secret to her door eight years after her sister’s death. A secret with the same eyes as her son’s.
Desperate not to get the courts involved, Rachel allows Drew’s previously unknown father, Andrew Turner, into their lives, and to her surprise, little by little into her heart. But for Rachel, taking that step could open her family to a firestorm of media attention that not even Merryton can protect them from. Is love worth the risk? Or will Andrew's fame and ambition ruin their chances?
My review: Jennifer Peel is one of my very favorite contemporary clean romance authors and this book is a prime example of why! I love the way she writes, her books are clean and full of fun flirty lines. I love the way she writes her characters, too, each one is so great - their personalities seem to jump right off of the pages.
I love Rachel. She's a young single mother, raising the son of her dead sister, Sydney. Drew is her whole world and she's given up pretty much all of the things that women her age would have done in order to raise him.
Her world is turned upside down when one day, Andrew Turner, famous baseball star walks into her insurance office. She immediately recognizes Drew's eyes staring out at her from Andrew's face and she just knows that he is Drew's father.
I loved watching the way that Andrew wins Rachel over little by little throughout the story. At first she really hates him because of everything that had happened with Sydney, and then knowing that he knew all along Drew was his son, but did nothing about it for 8 years. But he truly is a charming man, great with Drew and he eventually breaks Rachel's defenses down. Rachel won't let herself truly fall though, until she knows that Drew knows the truth and due to his circumstances Andrew refuses to allow that to happen.
The plot of this one is so cute, I loved reading it and didn't want it to end. Another thing that was really great about this book is the way that it shows some of the people of Merryton in a bit of a different light, especially Cheyenne. And I'm way excited that she's going to be getting a story of her own very soon!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Labels: Clean Romance, Jennifer Peel, The Women of Merryton