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Friday, January 15, 2010

Daring To Dream by Grace Cox

Daring To Dream by Grace Cox
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Fern

They both want sex, they both have a secret...

Sarah has little experience with men, but when wealthy and attractive Jason hires her as a nanny, the attraction is instant and fierce. He’s completely unattainable, forcing Sarah to keep her growing passion a secret.

One fateful night reveals Jason feels the chemistry, but something -- or someone – holds him back. How long can he deny his desire?

Daring to Dream is a wonderful little novella chock-full of emotion. Grace Cox has written something that will tug at your heart while making it race.

I liked Sarah from the start. Her mother’s past has tainted her, and she’s determined not to make the same mistakes. Working for a brighter future as a nursing student, she babysits on the side for extra cash. However, her interactions with Jason and his daughter Emily are not normal working circumstances. She cares for the little girl, as well as her father, because she’s a born nurturer. I found this to be one of the most moving aspects of the story. Of everyone, she has the most to lose, yet she puts her heart out there time and again.

Jason is also memorable as a single-father who’s placed his special needs child over all else. He’s admirable, and even as he pushes Sarah away, you’ll ache for him. He’s not perfect, but accepts and recognizes his flaws. It takes time for him to break free of the shell he’s built to protect himself and his daughter, but when he does, you’ll love him all the more.

Due to tight writing and a brisk pace throughout, this is an incredibly fast read, so you’ll fly through the pages. I’d recommend this delightful story to those looking for a tasty nibble that contains a ton of heart and a pinch of spice. Be sure not to miss Daring to Dream.

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