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Posted July 3, 2013
The Patriot Girl by Toni Lynn Cloutier is a contemporary romance about a man and a woman, both in their forties, both single parents. The story kicks off with an immediate bang! A tense bank robbery introduces heroine MaKayla Adams to hero Dustin James. Dustin acts to protect MaKayla from a robber. The plot proceeds from a great start to provide the reader with a tale of action, suspense, and good old fashioned romantic chemistry.
MaKayla is a widow, raising a teenage son, and trying to start her own business. She doesn't want romantic complications in her life and attempts to keep Dustin at arm's length when he becomes the first client of her fledgling PR business. MaKayla is a great heroine. She's smart, likeable and compassionate. I loved the fact that she's a protective mom doing her best to do right by her child.
Dustin is the dedicated father to his daughter and a widower. His daughter is a youngster named Melissa, so of course she's precious and adorable. Dustin's income comes from rental properties and a bar called "No Bulls". There's nothing better than a hunky hero who steps up without a second's hesitation to protect others.
Sparks fly between MaKayla and Dustin who experience immediate attraction to one another. Events conspire to keep them apart, including a shared tragic event that catches both off guard. There's no real blame but a whole lot of angst to go around and the author handles the conflict with a deft hand. Love scenes are sweet bordering on spicy. Not Jalapeno spicy but maybe a nice fire-roasted chili.
The writing is excellent: solid style, easy flow, well edited and good pacing. But the best part is finally finding a romance about two real people with merits and flaws who approach their problems as mature grownups. Supporting characters are well rounded, complex and enjoyable. I especially liked MaKayla’s seventeen-year-old son, Alex. He's sweet and sensible.
The Patriot Girl is a great romantic read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Five stars all the way.