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Posted August 5, 2012
Delightful story and a hero to die for
Diane Matthews is smart, educated, sexy and practical. Divorced, with three daughters, Diane is not looking for romance, and certainly not with a man nearly the same age as her eldest daughter. But fate has a hand in things when a pastrami-loving dog accosts Diane for her sandwich and his owner comes to her rescue. Michael Carlucci, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter for a hot rock band meets Diane quite by accident in the park when his dog pursues the tantalizing scent of Diane’s pastrami sandwich. Despite a nearly twenty-year age difference, Michael is bowled over by the beautiful Diane. He invited her to lunch, then dinner a couple nights later. Diane finds herself attracted to Michael, but the age difference convinces her nothing can come of it. Michael, on the other hand, feels he has found the woman of his dreams. Convincing Diane to give the relationship a chance is another matter. Ms. Ernst has penned a delightful romance, filled with the unexpected. Great pacing, snappy dialogue and heart-thumping sensual scenes should charm the pickiest reader, but it is her portrayal of Michael that will steal your heart. He is sensitive, gorgeous, wise beyond his years and so utterly wonderful that he steals the show. Diane has very realistic worries about the age difference, how her daughters will react and how the romance will change her comfortable life. Then an old flame comes to town and she is forced to make difficult choices. I loved this story. There are a few editing problems, but the writing was so good and the story so engaging that I could let them go. I finished the book in two sittings and was thoroughly satisfied with the ending. Brava Ms. Ernst for allowing me to suspend my disbelief and enjoy Diane’s and Michael’s journey. This book was provided by the author for an honest and unbiased review. Suzanne Barrett, published author
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