Book & Author Details:
Stronger by Janet Nissenson
Publication date: 10th October 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Cara has an admitted problem with hot men, falling so deeply and so quickly under their spell that she loses a little bit of herself with each toxic relationship that always seems to end badly. Every man in her young life thus far has let her down – her high school sweetheart, a college fling, and most of all her self-centered playboy father. She’s determined not to be a sucker for a handsome face and a hard body any longer, and has stuck to her guns for more than two years. And then she meets Dante.
Dante knows he has no business messing with cute little Cara. For one thing she works for his best friend, and more importantly she’s all kinds of wrong for him – too young, too innocent, too kindhearted. And given the mood he’s in these days – after the woman he was ready to propose to chose her career over him – a sweetheart like Cara should be running as fast as she can in the opposite direction.
But the only place Cara wants to run is right into Dante’s arms and stay a good long while. Will he wind up being the one for her – or is she destined yet again for another heartbreak?
I had quite strong feelings about both the main characters in this book. With Cara, it was because it was easy to identify and connect with her naivete and her eagerness to please. With Dante, my initial reaction was sympathy, but this morphed into dislike as he treated Cara like a dirty secret. There was not much to find to redeem him, and frankly, he didn’t deserve a second chance after the way he behaved.
These reactions are what make this story such an engrossing read. The author has created characters which provoked that response. And although I didn’t like some of the behaviour, I did enjoy the book, with a tightly woven and pacy narrative that kept my interest throughout.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity was her first official release in December 2013. There are a total of six full-length books planned in the Inevitable series, along with the upcoming “spin-off” Splendor trilogy.