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Not really a romance novel
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 16, 2014
Yes there is a romance in this novel but it really is secondary to the story. I really wanted to read a 'curl your toes' romance and this did not do that for me. This book was about a dysfunctional family trying to get out of all the traps that make them dysfunctional. Nina is the main character who has always been the responsible one in the family. Her father has never really been in the picture and her mother is a flake who leaves the raising of Nina's little sister up to Nina. They all love each other but can't seem to break from the relationship patterns they have always followed.
While these little family dramas are going on two men come into the picture. Kyle is the brother of a little girl Nina used to baby sit for. He is a gorgeous fighter pilot who always had a crush on Nina. He literally come out of nowhere. Nina is fixing the roof and starts to fall when out of nowhere Kyle is there to catch her. He says he's back in town and that she was always his dream girl. She thinks he's good-looking and sexy so what the heck she starts having a relationship with him.
Then comes Dylan into the picture. He was her high school sweetheart. He broke up with her while he was away at college. They were both going to be doctors together. But Nina has to help her sister get through college because the irresponsible mother doesn't help financially. So Nina never fulfills her dreams. Now Dylan is back in town to work at his dads practice and he appears interested in getting back together with Nina.
I really didn't care that much which guy she picked. Even though you could tell who it would be.
So while I really found the family dynamics interesting in this book it wasn't really a romantic book for me. It focuses mostly on the family. And I usually like when the family is part of a story but i don't like when the romance is secondary at best. I mean she is having hot and heavy sex with Kyle and in the next scene she's kissing Dylan. And she goes from sex with one to sex with the other pretty quickly in the end.I know in today's world women can have sex or sexual thoughts with as many men as they want at one time but I really don't want that in a romance novel. I personally don't like it when a guy in a romance novel is playing two women either.
The best thing in the book is the relationship between the mother and two daughters. You get to see things from both sisters perspectives. And nobody's really wrong. Except maybe the mother. This is why I gave the book 3 stars. If I was rating the romance I'd give it 1 star. Maybe having the two guys actively in her life until the very end of the book ruined the romance aspect for me!