You know this is going to be a tough read even before you flip the first page. A young woman who becomes a widow by the time she is 21 years old and a godsend of a father in law who steps in to pick up the pieces...
But somehow this author manages to make this story poignant, bittersweet and bearable to read just with the pace and the sweetness of her writing.
Holland finds herself alone with the sudden passing of her husband Scott. Believing to be on her own, she is relieved when her father in law Maguire is eager to fulfil his son’s last wishes. Bringing her back to California to help Holland rebuild her life is just the first step. Thus begins a journey of healing and new beginnings for both of them.
Whether it’s grief, loneliness and familiarity, an unlikely attachment & attraction begins to form between Maguire and Holland. Even though both acknowledge the inappropriateness of it; it simmers in the background.
Now this is supposedly a taboo read due to the forbidden nature of the story, BUT Book 1 in the Father/Son Duet was disappointingly tame with hardly any sexual content. Although I enjoyed this book, I actually feel cheated because this story didn’t deliver in that respect.
I loved this. This book teaches you that life can throw some mighty curve balls your way, changing the path you thought you’d be on. It teaches you about resilience, about strength, about new beginnings and most of all that the heart wants what the heart wants.
At times you will feel the heat, others you will feel your face prickle and heat up from the tears that will inevitably flow, and sometimes you will even feel frustration! This book has it all, and has a way of hitting close to home if you’ve been through losing someone close to you.
Once you reach the end of book one, you will be anxiously clicking away until you purchase book two (Different As Night And Day) to find out what happens!
Omg. I devoured this book. I couldn’t put it down. But that ending. NOOOO. I need book to like yesterday. I hope you all enjoy this beautiful written book as much as I have. Now where is book two for me to sink my teeth into. Thanks.
I really did enjoy reading this delightful slow burn story. It was written well, the characters were fun to read and I really felt connected to them instantly which helped me get into this story of forbidden love.
A father buries his son, and a wife loses her husband, connected by grief and the love for the same man this is Maguire and Hollands story about their shared devastation and how they deal with it. First of all, I loved Maguire, he is a strong, proud man who in the throws of grief melted my heart and I just found myself connecting to his easy-going powerful nature. He's consumed with guilt though and the poor man's pain shone through in this story.
Holland I found much more difficult to like. Sometimes I would feel sorry for her and what life had dealt her and other times I wanted to smack her around the head and tell her to watch that sarky mouth of hers and to stop acting like a spoilt brat. Everyone came together to help this young lady when her life was falling apart, but at times I felt she didn't appreciate just how lucky she was. All Maguire wanted to do was abide by his son's last wishes to look after Holland and make sure she is okay; but she sure doesn't make it easy on the people around her, especially Maguire.
This is the first book in the duet by this author and seeing as this one ended on one hell of a cliff hanger I can't wait to get my hands on book two. Well worth the read!!!
I was totally not expecting a cliffhanger! I didn’t do a whole lot of research before I started this Leigh Lennon work of fiction. The forbidden-ness alert in the title and synopsis were calling me so hard that I missed the part of the title that says “father/son duet Book 1.” But even that doesn’t always mean there’s a cliffie but let me assure you there’s definitely one.
I enjoyed this story (so far) I liked the characters, I’m not really a fan of duel point of view and sometimes Maguire’s “speak” gets my goat, but really I think it’s probably necessary to set up the personalities. I love the idea for the book and the timing and delivery of the circumstances involved, although I’m not convinced that I personally needed this twist/cliffhanger at the end I’d have been pretty darn happy with a classic HEA.