Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fall Into Me ~ Linda Winfree

Title: Fall Into Me

Series: Hearts of the South

Author: Linda Winfree

She’s finally falling for the right man…at the worst possible time.

A part of the Hearts of the South series.

After two back-to-back romantic disappointments, bar owner Angel Henderson isn’t looking for love. In the past month, she’s been passed over twice by men she’d pinned her hopes on, both times in favor of a younger woman. She’s ready to swear off men for life. The only problem? A certain younger man determined to prove he can be her right man.

Sheriff’s deputy Troy Lee Farr is tired of being the department screw-up. The harder he tries to prove himself, the worse it gets. The only thing that’s gone right recently is getting a second chance with Angel. Except she’d rather jam on the brakes than rush into a new relationship. Now he has to work hard to prove his worth as a romantic prospect.

Troy Lee is a patient man, and it isn’t long before Angel is falling into him as hard as he’s fallen for her. Just as Angel begins to think of him as more than a fun date, her past—and Troy’s dangerous reality—threatens the tentative happiness they’ve found in one another.
Reminding them both that security is tenuous…and unconditional love is the biggest challenge of all.

Warning: Cops who talk like cops, explicit older woman-younger man lovin’, and two-boxes-of-tissues emotion.

Normally I would discus what worked for me and what didn't, but I'm hard pressed to find anything about this novel that doesn't work. Starting with Linda's sheer ability to tell a story. She weaves threads together seamlessly and never loses focus on the HEA she heading toward.

Categorized as a contemporary romance it hits all the necessary marks. The build up, that slow realization that love is right there for the taking, the pivotal climatic event and the HEA that you can't wait to get to. THE HEARTS OF THE SOUTH series revolves around the Chandler County Sheriff's office so I was more than pleased to see Tick, Cookie, Cait, Tori, Chris and the other deputies throughout this novel. We're treated to glimpses of the lives of Linda's other couples, given subtle hints at new love on the horizon and sitting center stage are Angel and Troy Lee.

Angel Henderson is woman that has lost at love, not by her choice mind you, but she always seems to pick the wrong men. She's a successful business owner, a sister, a daughter and a true southern woman. She deserves much more than she been getting. She likable albeit a bit uncertain about her own worth. When Troy Lee sows interest, IMO it seems that her reservations are more than just about his age, but her own belief that she might not be enough to keep him. In the end when the deck seems stacked against her and he back is against the wall she not only rallies but she shines. She fights for what she wants and in the end finds the one ting she always wanted in the arms of Troy Lee.

Troy Lee, Troy Lee yo could very well knock Cookie ad Del out of the top two spots on my list of Hero's from Linda. You may have made some mistakes, but boy oh boy did you learn from them. And then of course there's your fabulous brain, you thought I was going to say body didn't you. Shame on you, OK seriously he is hot, hot, hot. I mean hello he's a Sexy Sheriff's Deputy, he plays guitar and sings in a band and he is just a damn nice man. All that aside he does have a brain and he knows how to use it. There's a scene in which Cookie and Tick are discussing how fast a car is going and then poof Troy Lee is telling them quoting Drag Coefficient and stuff that goes over my head, but still made me sigh and lust for Troy Lee even more. He's younger than Angel, but he loves her like no other and WOW is Angel one lucky lady.

Linda does hit you with some zingers as the story progresses, ones that will have you reaching for the tissues, but that make FALL INTO ME all the more powerful. Writing series are no easy task for any author the possibility of rehashing the same story lines is easy, yet each novel in the series is different, they each have that unique hook or secret you never saw coming. FALL INTO ME's is equally surprising, I thought I knew what was coming and as usual I did and I didn't.

Troy Lee and Angel add their story to a series already rich in fabulous books. One more hit for Linda Winfree and The Hearts of the South series to be certain

Why did I buy the book: I love Linda's Books she is an Auto Buy author for me.

Keeper?: Absolutely

Rating 1 to 10: 9.5
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