You (or maybe Jayne or Janine) asked awhile back for category recommendations. Et voila, I have one for you.
Sometimes you fall in love with a book that you ought to despise. Big Mis, Big Secret, Secret Baby, Marriage of Convenience. Normally, I can deal with one or two of these romance staples in a novel. But all four? I should gag on any book that includes them all. But Kate Hathaway made all of them work in Bad For Each Other.
Charlie “Kick” Cochrane is enjoying life as a country music star when Molly, his ex-girlfriend, knocks on his door She needs his bone marrow – her son Tobie has cancer and as his father – surprise!-Kick may be a match. Since Kick and Molly haven’t seen each other in eight years, when she threw him out for cheating with a groupie, Kick is skeptical at first, but quickly sees that Molly’s telling the truth: Tobie’s his son. Being a stand up, family-oriented guy, the Marriage of Convenience rolls into play.
Molly and Charlie weren’t just lovers eight years ago, they’d been friends since childhood, and knew each other’s weak spots, families and dreams. So they’ve got a lot of things to work through. The biggest issues revolve around trust: cheating and the opportunity to do so while out on the road; the Big Secret, and how Molly could keep a child from Charlie when she knew how much he loved his family; and sex – beyond Molly’s lack of trust and expectation of cheating, it was never that great between them…which led back to the first issue again, trust/cheating.
Frankly, there’s so much stuff that I’m always a little surprised when I do a reread – how does Hathaway work through it all in the tight constraints of a category romance? But she does, somehow.
I especially like how Hathaway alternate’s POV. The reader gets to see inside Charlie’s head and Molly’s through the alternation. Hathaway also uses flashbacks to illustrate how some of the dynamics between Molly and Charlie came to be.
Often I have a hard time with reunited lovers. I wonder what has changed? But here, Hathaway has Molly and Charlie actually <gasp> talk about what went wrong between them before, and they work on fixing it.
Bad For Each Other is a gem of a category romance, and I wish that Hathaway had written more.
~ JMC (one of my favorite bloggers)
ISBN-10 : 0373077912
ISBN-13 : 9780373077915
Publisher : Silhouette