Taking Love in Stride

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Track coach Andrea O'Connor fumed at the audacity of Ian Powers, the very attractive father of one of her students. He had offered to buy school equipment only if Andrea agreed to train him for a half-marathon.

Well, train him, she would. And not just in running. As a widower with a high-powered job, Ian needed some instruction in being a father to an active teenage daughter. Yet as this overbearing man opened up, Andrea found herself learning ...

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Overview

Track coach Andrea O'Connor fumed at the audacity of Ian Powers, the very attractive father of one of her students. He had offered to buy school equipment only if Andrea agreed to train him for a half-marathon.

Well, train him, she would. And not just in running. As a widower with a high-powered job, Ian needed some instruction in being a father to an active teenage daughter. Yet as this overbearing man opened up, Andrea found herself learning lessons--in loving.

Ian knew that, with her assertive attitude and penchant for stilettos, Andrea was some woman! But her vulnerable heart was on the run, so he'd have to prove that his love, unlike his running, had limitless endurance--and once he caught this swift beauty, he'd never let her go.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461014331
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,284,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Fasano is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 30 novels whose books have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. She also writes under the pen name Donna Clayton.
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  • Posted April 23, 2011

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    Taking Love in Stride

    The romance genre isn't one I've read much. Chick-lit is another matter. I've been willingly reading it for years. Six months ago I couldn't have told you the difference except for the "romance" books I read - yes, I thought chick-lit and romance were the same - I would sometimes find among the non-genre specific titles in my local supermarket's paperback section. Those I didn't read (the actual romance books) were in their own section. By the time I'd noticed the publisher's imprint was "one of those" the description would already have me hooked.

    Lately I've read a few of the romance genre and those I've read have not been what I had pictured. I thought I'd find cardboard characters, completely implausible or simplistic plots, and, if I was lucky, a bit of titillation. I haven't, at least not the first two.

    I'm still getting used to the conventions and terminology of the genre. Let's tackle my preconceptions as they pertain to "Taking Love in Stride."

    We'll start with characterization. Andrea, the Heroine ("female lead" in the romance genre) is what you might expect of a female track coach. Feisty, prone to snap judgments, and cleans up nice. That works so far. Ian, the Hero (I think you can figure this one out) is attractive, used to being in control, and a single father. A book needs conflict and I'll bet that from my thumbnail descriptions you can see it coming already. Then we throw in Ian's dad, who lives with him and watches his granddaughter during Ian's frequent business trips and we have the major players. Each has a distinct personality and idiosyncrasies that work well moving the plot forward. This is the third book of Clayton/Fasano's I've read and, in my estimation, characterization is a strong suit. She seems to have an insight into what makes different people tick that translates well to her characters.

    The plot isn't complex like a good mystery or many suspense novels if for no other reason than this book is much shorter - I'm guessing genre conventions for romance dictate a length around half that of many genres. However, the plot is not simplistic. The story is realistic. (We've all had bosses like Andrea's principal and had people we were attracted to and infuriated by, haven't we?) It's fun, at least for those of us who are voyeurs - I might feel different living it. The results, however, are worth it for Andrea and Ian. The "happily ever after" ending is, from what I understand, another genre convention. Letting that slip isn't a spoiler.

    As for titillation, not so much. It turns out that romance novels run from relatively innocent (suitable for teens) all the way to borderline erotica. This one is more warm than hot. However, for a relatively quick read and a chance to laugh at other people's foibles (possibly much like our own) this book does the trick.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick and easy read. It's jus

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick and easy read. It's just what I was looking for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Fun, light and well-written

    Romance novels are not something I usually read, but I was quickly hooked on Taking Love in Stride. Donna Fasano kicks off the book with conflict between two strong characters who feel mutual physical attraction. Good fodder for a romance novel.

    Feisty Andrea reprimands recalcitrant track team member, Denise O'Connor. Andrea discovers Denise's artistic talent and encourages it. Meanwhile, Ian, Denise's father, demands his daughter be reinstated on the team. Does Andrea comply and let Denise run on the team or does she teach this pushy, coercive father some lessons of her own? Further complications arise when Ian insists Andrea train him to run a marathon. She trains him, but not in the way he expects. A bit of sexual heat spices up the action. The character development of Harry, Denise's wheelchair-bound grandfather, is realistic and touching.

    Authors don't often enough weave all five senses into a book. By page three of Taking Love in Stride, we've been treated to touch, sight, smell, and sound. It's one example of the care Ms. Fasano brings to her writing. Taking Love in Stride is a fun, quickly-paced read where sparks of all kinds fly in directions you won't guess until you've finished the book.

    Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

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    Circa 1991. Dull & predictable.

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