So I just finished Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra. I actually received my copy in a giveaway – signed and everything – so I was stoked. Now I’m a bit of a paranormal romance fan more than anything, but I do enjoy the occasional contemporary romance and I was happy to start this one.
Now if you’re unfamiliar with this book, here’s a quick synopsis from Amazon.com:
Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
And warrior Luke, the Marine who never expected to return.
A heartwarming new novel in New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra’s beloved series about family ties, second chances, and the power of love…
Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that’s missing in his life. He wasn’t prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.
Former military brat Kate knows Marines can make lousy fathers…and she’s got the scars to prove it. Giving her heart to a man who’s bent on leaving seems one sure way to have it broken.
Now, no matter what it takes, Luke must prove to Kate and to his daughter that Semper Fi is more than a motto—and to himself that there’s more than one way to be a hero.
The story was sweet with a tiny bit of angst, and wrapped up nicely for you HEA people. I give it 4/5 stars for its genre (which I call Fluffy HEA). It is not my usual style, but it was a great read. The characters were well developed and I loved Luke, so I definitely recommend it. In fact, the only problem I had with the book was that the female protagonist was a bit too much in her head, explaining the whys of her actions (or non-actions) a little too much. It might have been because the book is a bit shorter than the normal ones I read, but I felt some of that could have been removed. But overall, it was a good moving novel. So go for it, Virginia Kantra fans!
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