Title: Me + You
Series: A Candy Hearts Romance
Author: Brenda Gayle
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Release Date: January 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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Teacher Lori Tait has always wanted a family, but now she's 40, she’s pretty much decided all the good men are taken. Instead, she devotes herself to her students, particularly one little girl whose struggle with math seems inconsistent with an otherwise brilliant and artistic mind.
Mark Wilder hadn’t planned to become a father, but when a fling resulted in his daughter, Grace, he whole-heartedly embraced the role. Raised in a family of boys, what does he know about women and girls? Once he learns of Grace’s inability to comprehend basic math, he welcomes the role of tutor as a way to connect with his daughter; the opportunity to spend time with her sexy teacher is an added bonus.
When Lori cracks the mystery of Grace’s problem Mark’s world is thrown into turmoil; he’s the last person who can help his daughter. He pushes everyone away, confirming Lori’s theory about men. Grace, however, has other plans. Using her new-found understanding of math, she sets out to prove to her father and teacher that, together, they add up to the perfect match.
Lori wants a family. She's waited a long time for one of her own. She has lots of kids but they belong to other people. Widowed years ago, single for quite a long time too, she's considering in vitro when she meets Mark, the deliciously handsome father of one of her students.
Mark has one child, a daughter named Grace. She's the result of a fling but the center of his world. Divorced and not really looking for a life-partner again, he's surprised when attraction builds between him and Grace's teacher, Lori.
They come together with one goal in mind: help Grace with math. But the discovery of why Grace struggles with math raises a sore issue with Mark and puts distance between him and Lori when their relationship is just taking off. The result? Too much lost time and misery.
I liked this short story about beginning anew and starting over again. It's about moving past shortcomings, understanding how a little girl processes the world in general, and accepting destiny. While there is sex in this story, it's still more sensual than explicit. The attraction runs strong between Mark and Lori. It grows into a love they weren't expecting and produces the family their hearts have longed for.
I've been a writer all my life but returned to my love of fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communications--although some might argue there is plenty of opportunity for fiction-writing there, too. I have a Master's degree in journalism and an undergraduate degree in psychology. A fan of many genres, I am drawn to contemporary romance and enjoy creating deeply emotional stories with elements of mystery and suspense.
I live in eastern Ontario with my wonderful husband, two fabulous children, a rescued cat, two Siberian Huskies, and assorted aquatic wildlife.