Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: "One Real Man" (Coleen Kwan)

Sweet romances --- ones that don't contain graphic nudity or sexual content --- are pretty hard to find these days, given the recent success of extremely explicit works. However, I'll admit that I'm partial to romances with scenes that --- in what seems an almost nostalgic nod to romances of the past --- lead up to sexual content, and then very neatly close the bedroom door, so to speak.

If you find you're like that, as well, and you're just looking for a well-written, feel-good romance between two three-dimensional, realistic people, then I invite you to check out One Real Man by Coleen Kwan, presented by Bliss, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, scheduled for release on February 9, 2015.

Owen Bellamy used to work as a pool boy for the wealthy Kerrigan family, mocked and tormented by Paige Kerrigan, the spoiled daughter. Now an adult with a successful business, he rents the Kerrigan house, determined to come to terms with the childhood he spent there.

To his surprise, Paige herself unexpectedly returns home, knowing neither that Owen will be there nor that he is currently in charge of the household. She is flat broke, disgraced and ruined after a recent divorce and a widely known scandal. In what seems to Paige like cruel punishment, Owen hires her as his housekeeper for the duration of his time there. With no better prospects, Paige is forced into the same position she once lorded over Owen.

Imagine both their shock when they realize that each has something the other needs, and that they'll have to work together and set aside their differences to find happiness ... and maybe even love.

Kwan writes a quick-paced love story, genuine in its exploration of such themes as betrayal, distrust, class differences, selflessness, sacrifice, and forgiveness. As characters, Owen and Paige are as realistic as actual people, and the intriguing premise is one that begs to be written out with the kind of finesse Kwan possesses. The dialogue is snappy and reveals new dimensions to the characters with each conversation.

For all the other genre elements present --- the mystery surrounding the scandal that involved Paige, the suspense as to whether Owen's business deal will succeed --- the story is, at heart, about relationships and the broken people who come together to try to make one work. Who among us can't relate to that desire?

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Author: Coleen Kwan
Title: One Real Man
Publisher: Bliss (Entangled Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-107-1
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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