Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book #Review: A Little Dare (Westmoreland 2) by Brenda Jackson .@AuthorBJackson

Book Title: A Little Dare (Westmoreland 2)
Author:  Brenda Jackson |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Starter
Format: ebook, Mass Market
Cost: $4.75
Pages: 184
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: Sept 2003
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When Shelly Brockman walked into his office, Sheriff Dare Westmoreland could almost taste the sweet, steamy passion they'd once shared. Then Shelly informed him he was the father of her son, the unruly preteen he'd arrested that day, and his fantasies turned to fury!

Shelly had returned to her hometown in Georgia to save her son from the mean streets of Los Angeles. Getting to know his father would be good for her son. But would being so close to Dare--the only man to make her pulse race--reopen a wounded heart that had never healed? Or, would this be her final chance to win Dare's love?
I loved  this book so much, I actually shed a tear or two in certain places because omygosh so sweet.  Generally I don't like the female leads when they pull this scenario, however she had a valid reason I understand that life and love are a bit more complex and grey than black and white.  Let me back up and explain.  years ago Shelly & Dare were teen loves, for six years they were inseperable and everyone in town including their families assumed they would marry, then Dare does the dumbest thing ever and breaks Shelly's heart and she leaves town to allow him his dream.  Now ten years later she's back in town with her son in tow and she needs his father's help.

I absoluetly loved AJ, the little mischief maker in the novel, he was such a hard nut to crack but on the inside was a kid desperatley seeking something more than he had been getting.  Shelly had been reaising him well until his size drew the attention of the wrong kind of kids and she no longer oculd allow him to not know who his father was.  I absoluetely loved that Shelly was strong and well educated, well connected to her family and a woman ho was well loved in the community.  She had resources she could use if things didn't go the way she planned.

Dare and Shelly made their son the center of the relationship, by hatching a plan that brought them in closer proximity and introduced him to the family without overwelhming him at the same time.  I enjoyed seeing the relationship Shelly had with Dare and the one Dare was forming with AJ.  I loved how in reading this book we know the hcaracters are black and yet their blackness isn't used as a trope or way to enhance sterotypes.  I loved that they would describe each other and love the tone of their skin without making it sound way more exotic than it needed to be.  I loved the normacly of the description of black love. So beautiful.

I really enjoyed Dare and Shelly getting a second chance on love.  They both were working towards being a good whole as parents and indulge in their sexual chemisty which burned up the sheets my gawd could they be inventive.  Dare was a great guy to read, I loved how he loved his family, how he celebrated their triumphs and had great friendships.  He was a fantastic character to read, but also one you knew was going to be an amazing role model to his son.

I really enjoyed how AJ came to know Dare not just through his mother's eyes but throught the idolized eyes of his friends and seeing how the towns people were with their Sherriff.  There is an amaing scene with AJ and Dare when they go fishing and I just had to take a moment and collect myself becaus eit was just so  kink you in the feels awesomeI.  

Brenda knows how to write a love story and I can't wait to continue with their family.  I am glad that as the books progress she unveils a little more about each of the brothers and how they are with not just each other but with the women who will eventually claim their hearts. 

A fantastic read especially if you love second chance romances.
Happy Reading my loves, 

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