Do you enjoy themes where there is an older woman and a younger man? Do you enjoy reading about smart, mature adults who are looking for happiness? How about a story told from the hero’s point of view? The Older Woman (SIM#1445) by Cheryl Reavis might just be the book for you. I really don’t hear a lot about this author on romance message boards. She’s kind of under the radar. This was my first book by her and I love her authorial voice. I’d tried reading some of her historicals but they didn’t quite work for me. I think I prefer her contemporary voice better. Here is a synopsis of this book:
NO GUTS, NO GLORY…
Or so paratrooper Captain Cal Doyle believed. But seduce tough-talking Nurse Katherine Meehan, who’d tended to him after his copter crash? Impossible! True, they were now next-door neighbors — yet they were years apart. And while Kate had survived breast cancer, Cal had barely survived hell….
So just because Cal caught Kate crying in the rain… AND her fussy feline cozied up to him… AND the church ladies started matchmaking… AND Kate suddenly looked so damn desirable — were THOSE any reasons for a wounded warrior to woo a reluctant older woman? Besides, between Kate’s stubborn defenses and Cal’s mule-headed machismo, could these two survivors… survive each other?
I really enjoyed this book and I’m not a big fan of series books of late. Cal and Kate’s romance was fun to read. I was fully engaged in the story and really enjoyed it. There is a serious side to this story in that Kate is a survivor of breast cancer. As for contrivances facing this couple, her hang-ups about love is realistic and moving. Cal is a survivor as well and is at home nursing his injuries. He’s interested in Kate as a woman and doesn’t let something like age or her cancer scare him off. This story is told from his pov. What a treat, that. This is just a simple story of two people who are survivors of their own right who try to find love. Just a regular romance of two ordinary people who find love and solace with each other. A very quick, engaging read. My grade, A.
I am looking forward to reading her next SIM story that’s due out March 2007, titled Medicine Man. Can’t. Wait.