Gena Showalter is branching out into a new genre of romance: Contemporary. While I believe she can knock this genre on it’s ass, I can’t say it will happen with this novella. Quirky, depressing and just not believable, I found myself not really liking these characters.
Kenna Starr is trying to make a living and life in small town Oklahoma, where everyone knows you name, your business and your indiscretions. Trying to clear up her name after having it muddied by her adulterous mother and then her own sexual assault resulting in a pregnancy, Kenna is just trying to survive and improve her life. Her daughter is her world and she doesn’t really date much for the slander her name garners around town. Living with two of her friends, she is just barely making ends meet while going to school to become a teacher.
Dane Michaelson doesn’t do commitment after watching his father cheat on his mother with Kenna’s mother. Friends during childhood, Dane and Kenna have a really bad argument. Moving on, Dane takes over the family business, but never wants to give his heart to anyone.
Now that Dane and Kenna’s parents are marrying, they are thrown together in a small town that has perfect memory. Dane is unreasonably attracted to Kenna, but doesn’t want to commit. Kenna is attracted to Dane, but won’t jeopardize her reputation. The two have to fight the town, their family and their own feelings to get to the insta-love that we have to buy into. Oh, and they are future step siblings as well.
The overall problem I had with this was the whole town being so nosey. I live in a small town and I still don’t know everybody nor care who is sleeping with who. And we are as conservative as I am liberal. Dane has all the money and power, while Kenna is young and immature struggling daily. I just couldn’t buy they liked each other, let along fell in love.
Even after Dane realizes all of his mistakes, he just isn’t interesting. He doesn’t do anything I would see as worthwhile. He isn’t athletic, particularly smart or have a hobby I could relate too. He was in essence, boring.
I am still trying to figure out if I want to continue onward with this series. I am hopeful of the main characters this series will follow and with a longer amount of time, just maybe, we can find characters to care about.