Friday, April 6, 2012

A Catered Affair by Patrice Wilton

Title:  A Catered Affair
Author: Patrice Wilton
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Jenna and Grant
Release Date: April 2012
Publisher: Wild Rose Press

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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:

A family tragedy has career-minded Jenna Cassali housebound with two teenagers, a baby, and a dog from hell, with a hot doctor in pursuit. The longer she stays the more she realizes what’s missing in her own life, but she likes to play it safe, and safe means returning to New York and her job, not launching a catering business, or falling in love.
Grant, a pediatrician and widower, believes his son died because of his negligence. The hospital becomes his life, but when he meets Jenna, his broken heart begins to heal.
Can he close the door on his past, and allow himself to love again? Will Jenna find the courage to change her destiny, open her life, and her heart?
Rating: Sensual
Page Count: 266
Word Count: 70227
Print ISBN 978-1-61217-031-2

My Review:
There is a LOT of story line to this book. When Jenna's sister is in a car accident that puts her into a coma, it puts Jenna's life into a crazy tailspin. She was visiting and actually sees the car accident happen as they are on their way to deliver one of the cars to get worked on at the dealership. Jenna normally lives in NYC and has an extremely successful career there. But when her sister ends up in a coma, she can't abandon her family and ends up being the main caregiver for her sister's two teenagers and baby.
The baby was also in the car and that's how Jenna meets pediatrician, Grant. Grant's wife committed suicide 3 years before and hasn't been in a serious relationship since, but things change when he meets Jenna. Jenna knows she's only in Florida temporarily and she is fine with having some fun and light sex, but Grant wants more. Exactly how much more, he isn't sure, but he'd like to explore the possibilities. That's something Jenna doesn't want to even think about. She wants to go back to her normal life, no matter how tempting Grant is.
Like I said when I started this review, there is a TON to this times, it just seemed to be too much for what is not that long of a novel. Honestly though, that didn't keep me from enjoying the book. I liked Jenna a lot (with the exception of her stubborn streak when it came to the possibility of any kind of relationship with Grant.) His history added an interesting twist and depth to his character. I enjoyed the crazy family dynamic that Jenna had and how devoted she was to them despite the craziness.
I liked Jenna and Grant together especially their chemistry, which was amazing. Jenna is independent and has always been that way. She's never had any desire for a family and all that entails, but as she becomes more comfortable with the dynamics within her sisters family, things are slowly starting to change. It was interesting to watch her character evolve through this story as her priorities are forced into change. It's not a change that she takes easily. Grant, on the other hand, has done the whole family thing and has no desire to revisit the heartache that came from it. These are two very different people resisting this relationship for two incredibly different reasons. I enjoyed watching their transformation as their relationship and their emotional stability matured. It was a fun book to read.

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