Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A Place to Call Home by Christina James

Dangling precariously from a ceiling, Hannah O'Leary never expects her rescuer to be so gorgeous...or so irritating. She's always focused on her restaurants and is overwhelmed by her attraction. When she realizes he can give her the family she's yearned for, can she stop running and set down roots?

His first marriage a disaster, Austin "Mac" MacDevin has given up on love. He's not prepared for the lust that feisty Hannah ignites in him. Can he work with the saucy redhead and build a place to call home? In the end, it comes down to a battle of wills.

Hannah finds herself in a bit of a dilemma. She’s fallen through a hole in her attic floor and dangles there with a scraped knee and no hope of rescue. She’s bought a large old house that needs serious renovations, but she hadn’t realised just how much until her little accident. Thankfully, a contractor arrives to offer her a proposal on doing the house up, and while he’s there he helps her out of the hole. He’s sexy, he’s Southern, and turns Hannah’s legs to jelly. Oh!

She visits a restaurant and Mac is there. She finds herself feeling frissons of jealousy when local women kiss him on the cheek and wonders why she should feel that way when she hardly knows him. When Mac leaves the restaurant after giving the locals a nudge to let Hannah know if he’s a trustworthy contractor or not, she finds out he’s basically a one-of-a-kind man that any woman would love to have in her life. But Hannah hasn’t got time for love, has she?

She makes time and gets to know Mac and his children from a previous marriage. It’s been a long time since she’s had sex, but it’s different with Mac. She feels like she wants to know all about him and all of him. It’s a new feeling. They embark on a love affair where both of them learn new things, new feelings. Hannah does well in adapting to having Mac’s boisterous children in her life. Mac and Hannah both have pasts they need to get over, where trust issues and being able to love someone new is a difficult hurdle. I rooted for them to find their safe, happy place and was glad when they got their happily ever after.

The boys saying “Yes, ma’am,” after Hannah chastised them for misbehaving.

“…I think I’m wearing too much.”

Aidan appeared horrified. “Shut up.”

She heard nothing but the strumming of her blood through her veins.

A Place to Call Home is a sweet, sensual, sexy and hot read all rolled into one. I enjoyed the fact that Mac had kids. It was a refreshing change to read something where family issues are evident; it made the story more true to life for me.


Lisa Alexander Griffin said...

What a terrific review, Christina. Huge congrats to you! The story sounds wonderful. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lisa. I was so thrilled with the review. I just love Hannah and Mac