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Stacey Lane Bryant has three rules. She doesn't drive; she doesn't travel; and she most definitely will not date. From the outside, this odd-ball, thirties-something, single black woman is simply a creature of habit who has ...
Stacey Lane Bryant has three rules. She doesn't drive; she doesn't travel; and she most definitely will not date. From the outside, this odd-ball, thirties-something, single black woman is simply a creature of habit who has been beaten down by the tragedies of life. However those on the inside know that she's the widow of esteemed astrophysicist Drew Bryant, a highly sought after best-selling romance author and a devoted cat lover. The rules are simply designed to keep her safe and keep her sane.
However, someone didn't tell the Greek bombshell, Dr. Hunter Fourakis, that rules weren't meant to be broken. While at his favorite pub, he eyes Stacey and instantly falls under her spell. Only, his rusty moves don't get him far with the brilliant introvert, who quickly leaves just to get out of his grasp.
What is meant to be will be, and the two run into each other in another chance encounter. This time Hunter is able to convince Stacey not only to go out on a spur-of-the-moment date with him but also to consider an unorthodox proposal that would benefit them both.
Hunter's late wife was killed while serving in Iraq, and he mourns every year for two months and three days. The mourning period is usually miserable for Hunter, but this time, he wants to celebrate life. Stacey's second romance novel is due to her agent in two months but is totally lacking motivation or passion, because she hasn't gotten over her late husband. Considering that they both need someone for a short period of time to fulfill very specific needs, they agree to be each other's help mate temporarily. Only as deprived widows, pressured professionals and lonely hearts, they find that while deadlines pass and mourning time ends, love lasts forever.
Read this romantic tale about two people who fight through tragic personal loss, family prejudices and age-old traditions to find good old fashion love in the second book of the Lonely Hearts Series, Finding Opa!
Posted December 8, 2011
This is the second book I've read by this author, and I think they just get better... This was such a treat to read. The characters where so real, the story was so believable and compelling, I was up all night I couldn't put it down.
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Posted July 31, 2013
When it comes to IRR's, I'm a rather persnickety reader.. So with that being said, I'll this review short by giving you the basic info. This book was awesome! It had great characters and a storyline that was captivating and well-paced. I love the was that Ms. Nelson was able to give her readers a taste of Greek culture... Except for a few editing quirks, this book was absolutely pitch-perfect.
Giving this one, 4 solid stars.
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Posted February 28, 2013
This book was a surprise. It was really a good read. Grieving for a love one can really do you in if you do not allow yourself to love again. This book was enjoyable. I agreed with Stacey sometimes you have to fight fire with especially within the contents of the story. Humility is good but when face with rudeness and racism base on a custom sometimes it is better to deal with it head on as Stacey did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2012
This being my first read of Ms Nelsons 'Lonely heart series' I was unsure what to expect. I am leery of buying books which depict BW as desperate or lacking till the perfect 'hero' sweeps in and turns their lives around - not my cup of tea at all. But this book was a lovely surprise - both Stacey and Hunter were complex individuals who had both suffered personal tragedies which defined their outlook on love & life in general. Both were successful in their respective fields (she, a bestselling author, he, a Doctor) and did not feel a desperate desire to be part of a relationship just because. If anything, I believe Stacey was financially better off than Hunter- a nice little touch.
The gist of it goes like this: Stacey, struggling with writer's block and looming deadline's, needs inspiration in the form of an attractive male companion to help kick-start her new romance novel. Hunter...well Hunter simply needs a supportive friend and lover. What starts out as an intellectually satisfying friendship - with a healthy soupcon of mutual attraction- soon develops into a loving relationship.
Stacey and Hunter help each other heal and move on from past losses; finding out they were pregnant was a lovely surprise heralding new beginnings. I found it so cute that it was Hunter who figured it out long before she did.
Supporting characters add complex layers and parallel narratives without too much distraction but some of the racial issues arising from Hunters family are addressed in an unnatural manner. His family is openly hostile to Stacey because she is black. How how does she deal with it? Well...by boasting to them about her money, clout and connections. She subtly threatens to discredit Hunters brother's reputation with a client, proudly informs his gathered family and friends (it was quite the sideshow) about her last book being optioned for millions of dollars and passes on that her late husband was an astrophycist involved in major space programs. In my view, an immature way of viewing your self-worth. What if she did not have any of these going for her and was merely a regular girl, from a regular family with an average 9-5 job? Would she then have considered herself unworthy of respect or acceptance from his family? Whatever happened to just being yourself warts and all; a hopefully decent human being? If ultimately some family members remain hostile, so be it. Hunter was firmly in her corner and that would have to suffice.
There was never really any drama between the two, any negativity stemmed from his family but never truly threatened the bond those two shared. Ultimately this was about a couple who having suffered greatly, recognised and nurtured the amazing gift of love they were blessed to receive as a second chance. Nobody was going to tear them apart.
I really must add that it was refreshing to read a well-edited book which did not detract from the story.
An overall engaging & quite touching read.
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This was the second book I read by this author, her stories are excellent... The characters in this story were well developed, the pace and flow of the story went well... I enjoyed how the characters relationship developed, and I hated it to end... An absolutely great story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2011
The book started off a little slow. I enjoyed the characters and how their romance developed. I was surprised how their relationship played out especially with both characters being mature and with one being a medical doctor. I can't wait for more books to come out in this series. I read "The Grunt" first and it was so good that this one was a little bit of a letdown.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 30, 2011
Finding Opa! is a wonderful love story that brings the reader into a range of emotions ending finally at true love. Hunter and Stacey were perfect together in this story. The love was not rushed and the story wasn't short or long, just right.
I would recommend this one to anyone. This is what love stories are made of.
Posted May 26, 2011
I read this book in a day. Its a beautiful story of two widows still coping after the loss of their spouses. They were dealing with their own personal tragedies but found a WONDERFUL new beginning with each. Latrivia Nelson is a wonderful author and love the way she brings different situations to life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2012
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