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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Let’s Pretend by Monique DeVere



Let’s Pretend by Monique DeVere
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (76 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Cornflower

True love needs no pretence

When A&E trauma surgeon Dr. Isobel Murphy married sexy Irish firefighter Lucas Delaney, she knew it was going to be forever. Unfortunately, she didn’t realise forever would only last five short years.

Keeping her failed marriage from her family seems like a piece of cake, until her grandmother calls a family gathering and Belle suspects she’s about to announce a critical illness. Making excuses for Luc’s absence, she flies home to Connecticut.

Then delicious Lucas arrives for the three day get-together, and Belle knows things are going to get dicey. Especially since he still has the power to make her heart miss a beat, and her stomach bottom out.

When Belle asks him to pretend they’re still deeply in love, Luc doesn’t have a problem. He sees an opportunity to reclaim the love of his life. And he goes all out to remind Belle how it used to be between them, before long work hours and clashing schedules invaded their marriage.

What he needs to know, though, is, once the pretence is over, will Belle be applying for her decree absolute? Or will they be renewing wedding vows?

Could you give up a sexy guy in uniform?

Belle is a surgeon accustomed to critical situations but the prospect of her sexy husband Luc getting hurt on the job propels her to make a painful decision in order to protect her heart - but Luc isn’t giving up so easily. Forced to hide their situation at a family gathering, what follows is a story of push-and-pull as Belle and Luc try to work out their differences in the face of their obvious and mounting passion for each other.

This was a sweet story and a quick read. The dilemma of an estranged couple forced to pretend for the family that all is still bliss is a good one, offering ample opportunities for interesting situations to arise. The pace moves along well and the secondary characters are developed enough to give you an idea of the family personalities in the story.

I did have a problem believing that Belle, as an experienced trauma surgeon, would be so affected by the fear of Luc being hurt and thus I found myself wishing the author had given her another profession. Belle and Luc were likeable characters although fairly one-dimensional. There was a romantic, hope-filled ending and I felt happy for the couple when I finished the story.

If you like complex characters or intricate plots this story may not appeal to you but it’s a nice choice if you are looking for a fast, relaxing read. I’m rating it at 3 cherries for this reason – for what it is (a quick, easy read), I enjoyed it. It’s more sweet than spicy and a happy ending always leaves one in a good mood. Anyway, a handsome fireman without his shirt is always worth a second look!

2 comments:

neecy said...

Hiya Cornflower,
I've read this book and according to what you've described based on her genre. (Sweet, contemporary, short story I disagree with three books.)
My brother is a firefighter for the city of Detroit, Mi. His wife is a nurse. Everyday he's gone she worries. In real life some women can't handle this situation even though they thought they could.
As far a career profession for Belle, it was perfect. Belle, worked on one of his fellow firefighters in the trauma center who suffered sever injuries. This hit home for her only added to the fear and stress that she'd been concealing from Luc all along.
In my POV I believe Monique DeVere's story was well written, true to real life situations and crises that occur everyday.
I guess everyone is entitled to their own POV's. This just happens to be mine. 5 books.
Warmly,
Neecy

karen said...

Hiya, I agree with Neecy - I think the very fact that Belle is a surgeon makes her all too aware of what dangerous situations can do to the human body. Belle saw it in one of Luc's fellow fighter's after all, and that's where her fear grew from. You're right in that it's a feel good story, and I'm a sucker for second chance romance. I think Monique DeVere nailed it, from all accounts. I loved it and yup, a firefighter without his shirt is a sight to behold! I'd recommend this to all my friends! 5 Books!
Karen.