So what if Laurel Morgan hadn't had a date since the senior prom? If all it would take to convince her teenage sister to consider college was to go on a few dates and have some fun, it was a bet she could beat. And before she could change her mind, sexy forest ranger Michael Walker agreed to play the part of her ardent admirer!
Laurel never expected Michael's acting abilities to be quite so convincing. Whenever her sister was watching, Laurel found herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promised a performance that would win her the wager, but when the curtain closed, would she lose the only man she would ever love?
©2010 Donna Fasano (P)2012 Donna Fasano
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
This is a slightly reworked version of the debut offering from Donna Fasano, with some language choices changed to reflect the new millennium. But, what hasn’t changed in the years since this book was written to now is the author’s characteristic and omnipresent positive and hopeful stories with characters to enjoy. Laurel is the older sister to Ginny, a bit of a handful highschooler with a devil-may-care attitude. Laurel is serious, far more than she should be, and somewhere along the line her fun gene went poof.
Deciding that a change of scenery will help her reconnect with Ginny and get her back on the right path, a summer in a remote rural area may just be the key. So off they go, and the story is started.
From the mishaps to miscommunication, and one seriously sexy man, Laurel has her hands full dealing with culture shock, a bored teen and her tendency to over-think and overanalyze everything, we see a huge growth in Laurel and Ginny and their relationship. Additionally, Michael and his attempts to ‘make nice’ when he is constantly worried about the misinterpretations from Laurel and Ginny’s striving for attention is completely real and he is easy to visualize with a confused look on his face. Laurel’s lack of confidence yet determination to see Ginny have what she couldn’t is more telling of the quality of woman she is, and with the right key, will become all the time.
Narration for this story is provided by Nicole Colburn: slight modulation adjustments in tone, delivery speed and pitch accompany the story without providing a great distraction. A few small enunciation errors provide minor hiccups in what is ultimately a fun and sweetly romantic story.
If you are a fan of sweeter romance, and appreciate characters that feel as if they could be you or your friends, this is the book for you. Romance fans who want their happy ever after, and find themselves occasionally wishing they were in the pages of a romance story will never go wrong with a story written by Donna Fasano.
I received an audiobook copy via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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