Trailer ë Calling the Shots PDF by ë Ellen Hartman This was just okay I liked the kids Allie and Tim Allie was well developed than Tim He could have used time on screen I liked the hero, Bryan than the heroine, Clare Clare didn t open up at all until the last 2 or 3 pages She was very closed in and stand offish Her sudden turn around was a little unbelievable There was so much time spent with the kids and their problems that the romance was given very little page time They were basically never together alone I didn t see them fall in love at all I kept expecting Clare to tell Bryan about her sister earlier and them to work together to see her overcome her fears Instead there are scenes like the one where Allie gets her period and Bryan needs help in the grocery store picking the right feminine products He asks Clare to come talk to Allie but she refuses in order to keep her emotional distance So no payoff from that scene and there were plenty of other scenes like it Scene after scene showing Clare protecting her emotions but none showing her really reaching out and taking a chance and growing I don t really know what Bryan saw in her There were 2 scenes which included kissing There was no sex at all with the hero In fact she was the one to come on to him the first time I kind of got the feeling she was seducing him and he wasn t really interested mentally just physically The second time very late in the book didn t seem to have any real reason behind it Clare had just told him about her sister who had died of a disease years earlier That was the reason she s so scared of letting anyone close So he necks with her in the back of a car to make her feel cherished and safe and whole That didn t really make much sense and they didn t become any closer because of it.
Also, I didn t like quite how promiscuous Clare seemed to be She had a new boyfriend just for sex in everytown I m open to my modern heroines having love lives before they meet the hero but hers seemed excessive especially with her having a son born out of wedlock.
Bryan was well written as a man who traveled alot and didn t know his daughter or how to be a single parent but who was trying hard and muddling through.
Lack of real romance however pulls the entire volume down This is a Harlequin Romance after all The romance should be central.
I rate it a B I really enjoyed the book It just took too long to get to where they were going and it seriously needed to be longer The character s lives, their world, completely changes and the book ends one second later Not fair I enjoyed the hockey theme.
At first I couldn t get into the story because it started a little slow, but then I got sucked in The lack of sex and sexual tension didn t detract from the powerful story About a quarter way through I was vested in the characters and boy did they have issues Bryan had only been with one woman, his ex wife This was the first time I d read a romance novel where the male character had less sexual experience than the heroine it was fine, though It didn t make him seem less manly at all It was actually kinda sweet, which fit with his personality in the book Bryan was struggling to be a good father to a sullen, angst ridden teenage daughter, and I sympathized with him for that, as well as his personal struggle with feelings of inadequacy I sympathized with Clare though not as much as I did with Bryan and her issues with intimacy and love They paralyzed her and kept her from having meaningful relationships and setting down roots something her son desperately wanted.
This wasn t something I d normally read, but it was very sweet All in all, I really wanted everyone to get through their problems, heal, and find their HEA This is a romance, so luckily, they did.
The fourth star is for Bryan, who was such a great character If only Clare had been as great Her walls stayed up for too long, to the detriment of her and the story Things should have started happening at least a fourth of the book earlier than the did She ended up coming off as a real bitch instead of someone emotionally hurting But Bryan was an awesome lead and an awesome dad and I loved to read his and Allie s scenes He deserved better than Clare If it weren t for the hero and the two pre teens, I would have given this a 2.
5 out of 5, because I found Claire, the heroine, seriously annoying She moved around every year and seemed shocked when her son suddenly found that upsetting Also, while I m not much of a sports fan myself and can certainly understand Claire s lack of interest in hockey, I was VERY upset that she would read a book during her son s games During practice is fine, but during his game It s obviously something important to him, and yet she completely ignores it The hero s attempts to rebuild his relationship with his daughter after his divorce were touching, and really he and the kids saved this book I can t really recommend it because of the horrible heroine I couldn t understand why anyone would put up with her and her painful past just didn t justify her self centered behavior in my opinion.
Got this as a freebie from Tell Harlequin I m just not into books with heavy kid influence.
This was not a book I would have chosen to read it was sent to me for a survey It was ok, I enjoyed the premise and the fact that it involved hockey added to the story To me though the story was about the suddenly single father trying to bond with his 13 year old hockey playing daughter and the romantic aspect with the new lady in town could have been left out entirely.
Bryan James Knows Everything About Hockey That S A Passion He And His Daughter Allie Share What He Doesn T Know Is How To Be A Single Father And The Way He S Scrambling To Hold His Thirteen Year Old S World And His Together Kind Of Proves That So Does The Fact They Re In Community Mediation After Allie S Run In With Another Player On Her Own Team There S Probably Some Valuable Learning In This For Bryan, But He S Too Distracted By The Other Player S Parent Clare Sampson She S Smart And Beautifuland Outraged At What S Happened Worse, She Wants Nothing To Do With His Beloved Sport, His Amazing Daughteror Him Luckily He S Been In This Game Long Enough To Know There S Always Another Play To Get You What You Want Great read, I guess I m on romance wave right now.