Solitary Man

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A "Love Unexpected" Novel
When tough Boston cop Kevin Manning promised to care for his fatally wounded partner's family, an unexpected one night stand with the man's grieving sister wasn't part of the plan. No matter how intense the night had been, a woman like Nikki Welles deserves much more than a broken man like Kevin can give, and he leaves the next day. When he returns months later, he discovers everything has changed. Nikki can't regret the baby she's now carrying but she ...
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Overview

A "Love Unexpected" Novel
When tough Boston cop Kevin Manning promised to care for his fatally wounded partner's family, an unexpected one night stand with the man's grieving sister wasn't part of the plan. No matter how intense the night had been, a woman like Nikki Welles deserves much more than a broken man like Kevin can give, and he leaves the next day. When he returns months later, he discovers everything has changed. Nikki can't regret the baby she's now carrying but she can't forgive Kevin for abandoning her either. Will their unexpected baby teach Kevin he's worthy of love and bring these two unlikely lovers together?
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Editorial Reviews

Teresa Roebuck
4 STARS - Solitary Man delves deeply into the human heart and leads the characters convincingly through their pain into the hope for a new life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492107774
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/12/2013
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 751,856
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over thirty published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary romances, striking a balance between entertainment and emotion, and giving her readers the compelling story they have come to expect and enjoy.
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Can they make it work?

    Solitary Man by Carly Phillips was a quick read for me as I was able to tackle it in only a few days. I always enjoy romance novels because the couple in the book must overcome obstacles to make it work. Every romance book is different and I love reading what each character is thinking in certain situations.

    When one cop is killed in the line of duty, it changes the lives of 3 important people in his life. His partner, Kevin Manning takes the blame for Tony's death. He wasn't there to back up his partner while responding to a call.

    Kevin and Nikki had one glorious night together. While Nikki didn't expect one night with Kevin, she was left abandoned and alone by Kevin the next day. Two months after their one night stand, Kevin returns home and runs into Nikki. Nikki doesn't want really want anything from Kevin while he feels he should still look after her. Just a few days after his return to town, Nikki finds out that she's pregnant with Kevin's baby.

    Kevin wants to protect and care of Nikki so he invites her to move in with him. They soon rediscover their feelings for each other and try to make it work as friends and soon to be parents. As they become closer, Kevin only wants more of a relationship with her while keeping a distance. Nikki wants the fairytale, marriage, and family. She wants a man who loves her and not feel she is an obligation.

    Kevin and Nikki decide to get married for the sake of the baby and getting adequate medical care. They soon discover that marriage is harder than it looks. Nikki tries to support Kevin emotionally but he keeps her at a distance. Kevin doesn't want to expose Nikki to his drunk father and it turn pushes her away. Kevin's memories growing up keeps him from moving forward and putting his family first. This only causes problems with their marriage.

    They both love each other. They eventually learn to make the same goals and work together to achieve them. Love and marriage is about commitment to each other and supporting one another.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Great Reading

    Independence, so long desired and worked toward, gets deferred for Nikki. She has always felt she was taken care of out of obligation rather than love. She doesn't want to be anybody else's responsibility. She wants to take care of herself and is well on her way to being able to so when her brother Tony, a policeman, is killed. She goes to see Kevin Manning, Tony's partner. In their grief, emotions run high and events of that one night change both their lives forever.

    Kevin, the son of an alcoholic father, has all the classic hang-ups. He anticipates problems when life is going smoothly, isolates himself, blames himself when things go wrong, has trouble with intimate relationships, and feels responsible for others-even Max, his father. Guilt is a demon that weights him down. In his efforts to control situations, he creates barriers that seem impregnable. Yet, his need to find a way to reach Nikki demands he take emotional risks that scare him to death.

    Common sense dictates that Nikki yield to Kevin's determination about doing "what's right" but she wants what he gives to be from love not obligation. She reaches and reaches and he pulls away and pulls away until she realizes she needs to plan for the future that may well be without Kevin. She knows "you can't base a lifetime on sex-no matter how good it is". Life with all its ups and downs and in-betweens must be shared to make a marriage work.

    Tony's widow, Janine and Max, Kevin's alcoholic father, are strong influences that help propel Kevin and Nikki into an emotional storm that threatens to swamp them.

    Carly Phillips takes Kevin and Nikki on a modern "hero's journey" that soars to emotional heights and traverses the depths of doubt and despair. The perils and the joys they experience bring to light some of modern society's problems that must be dealt with by many.

    Ms. Phillips grabs the reader's attention at once and holds it captive with a story that takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Good reading!

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    **2.5 Stars** Hero: 5/10 Heroine: 6/10 Romance: 4/10 Humor: 1/1

    **2.5 Stars**

    Hero: 5/10
    Heroine: 6/10
    Romance: 4/10
    Humor: 1/10
    Pace: 6/10
    Secondary Characters: 5/10

    For the most part I found this book to be enjoyable. More so in the first 30%, then it kind of just fizzles. My issues are mainly in the fact that it seemed to fall in a rut in the middle. Or more like a merry-go-round. Kevin and Nikki kept rehashing the same problems over and over with no progression/resolution. Especially Kevin. Honestly, it was annoying at times. By the time things started coming together again, the story was done. Very anticlimactic. I still <3 Carly Phillips though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Ok

    I have read better books but I thought it was ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Good story

    I liked the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Good non pure sex romance

    A old real romance inreal life with all its ups n downs. I really loved it. Onething wS the non puremake believe sex. One man one woman n what theygo through in life. Lived it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Solitary Man

    Predictable from beginning to end. Boring!!

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Truly enjoyable

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Great series

    I really liked this book and the series. It is a fast read that keeps your attention the whole way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Heart-wrenching story

    Definitely heavier than I'm used to from Carly Phillips. One of the most heart-wrenching stories I've read in a long time. The hero, Kevin actually started to get on my nerves with his, "I don't deserve her" mentality. That being said, the character is well-developed and it's understood why he is the way he is. I liked the heroine, Nikki. She was young but strong and smart; knew how to handle herself and the situation she is thrust into even though everyone seems to treat her like she's still a child. Overall the story is good, wrought with tension throughout. Though, I felt as if the end was wrapped up a bit too neatly for the story's arc.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Just ok

    Just okay. Her other stuff is much better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Ok

    Okay

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