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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Men of CCD: Help Wanted by Marie Rochelle

The Men of CCD: Help Wanted by Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (167 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Jim Russell didn't care the rest of his buddies from CCD had found their true loves and had gotten married. He was done with the whole dating scene. Wellà.he thought he was until he saw her at the airport and secretly he began to change his mind.

Keira Winters had always been known as strong, outspoken and very independent but after an accident something changed in her and she wasn't the woman she once was. She wants to get back to her old self. Will she be able to with the help of a man she "hated" at first sight?

Will Jim and Keira be able to overcome their battle of wills to find everlasting love in the final book of The Men of CCD Seriesàà.Help Wanted?

Tempers flare and passions ignite whenever Jim and Keira are together.

From their first tempestuous meeting, Jim Russell and Keira Winters find themselves fighting one another and their mutual attraction. Keira is reeling from the recent loss of her father and struggling to overcome the after effects of a plane crash. When she finds out her dad sold the family motorcycle repair business to Jim, she is determined to convince Jim to sell it back to her. Jim is equally determined to make his new business a success despite his understanding of Keira’s emotional attachment to the business. He tries to keep his distance from her, but when their mutual friends approach him with their concerns about Keira’s emotional well-being, he agrees to date her. With a bitter divorce and child custody case behind him, marriage is nowhere in Jim’s plans. He is concentrating on getting his business up and running and raising his son, Trevor.

The Men of CCD: Help Wanted by Marie Rochelle is written in third person from both Keira’s and Jim’s perspectives and their characters are well-developed. Jim and Keira have strong personalities, and they frequently butt heads. They harbored many misconceptions about each other, and it did not take either of them long to work through them. I did find Jim to be a little overbearing on occasion, but overall, I liked him. And if the first half of the novel was a little slow, the second half picked up and moved at a brisk pace. I thoroughly enjoyed Keira’s transformation back to the tough, confident woman she was before the plane crash. Since this the fourth book in the Men of CCD series, we get to catch up with the cast from the other novels as well. Their interactions with Keira and Jim are uplifting and heartfelt.

The Men of CCD: Help Wanted by Marie Rochelle is a satisfying conclusion to the Men of CCD series. While you can read The Men of CCD: Help Wanted as a standalone novel, it is helpful to read the other books in the series to gain a better understanding of the supporting characters. I am looking forward to Ms. Rochelle’s next series!

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