Ties That Bind by Heather Huffman
Published By: Booktrope Editions
Release Date: September 26, 2011
Formats: Paperback - 224 pages / Kindle - 401 KB / Nook - 722 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction / Chick Lit
About The Author:
Heather Huffman writes romantic suspense with strong female leads who refuse to lose hope. Though her stories never shy from looking into the world's darker corners, they don't dwell there. Heather shares with her resilient heroines a passion to make a difference and so donates a portion of her book royalties to organizations that fight against human trafficking.
Heather was born and spent her childhood in Florida but now calls the beautiful state of Missouri home. Her greatest joy, when not writing, is to hit the road with her three boys for adventures unknown.
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Kate Yager never had a father, and she never minded - until her mom died. Now, acting on the name called out on her mother's deathbed, Kate has moved to San Francisco and gotten herself hired by the man she suspects to be her dad. As if a new job, new apartment, and new parent weren't enough, Kate finds herself head-over-heels in lust with a complete stranger she met at an art show. A stranger who, she later finds out, happens to work in her office.
As her relationships with her friends and father grow stronger, Kate has to confront the decisions of her past to find out whether she can love the man who gave her up, love the man who loves her truly, and even whether she can love herself.
My Book Review:
Kate Yager is a thirty-two year old event planner, who grew up never knowing who her father was. Her mom Danielle had been diagnosed with cancer, and on her deathbed she whispered the name Jack Collins. Determined to find out if this man was her father, she moved to San Francisco and took a position in his magazine the San Franciscan, in order to learn more about him. What she didn't plan on was becoming attracted to a younger man, handsome twenty-five year old British photographer, Gavin Nichols, who also joined the magazine's staff. With years of emotional baggage and walls built around her heart, Kate kept Gavin at arms length, yet she yearned to let go and let him into her heart. Gavin guesses that Kate resembles Jack, and offers to help her search the relationship between Jack and Danielle, in the hope of proving that he is in fact her biological father. Will Kate be able to let go of her emotional baggage? Will Kate let down her wall and give Gavin a chance? Will Kate find out the answer to who her father is, could it be Jack? And if Jack is her father, will he accept Kate as his daughter?
Ties That Bind is an enjoyable lighthearted romance story. The storyline is well written and easy for the reader to relate to. The author does a wonderful job of exploring Kate's emotional past, her insecurities and her growth through the relationships she forms with Gavin, Jack, Jack's fiancee Tara, and her co-workers Jessica and Liz. Written with a light touch , a sense of humor, and filled with quirky dialogue among the characters, especially Kate and Gavin, the reader will embrace this fast-paced story, it has a nice balance of romance and some dramatic twists and turns.
The author creates a cast of characters that are realistic, down-to-earth people that the reader can embrace and relate to. I found that Kate's complexity and Gavin's easy-going nature to be fascinating, especially as I watched how their relationship developed. I couldn't help but love Gavin, he's a "dream man": easy-going, caring, understanding, thoughtful ... the whole package! I really enjoyed the youthful, fun-loving, and spirited Jessica and Liz, master matchmakers extraordinaire! Finally, I was intrigued by the relationship between Kate and Jack, I loved how the story kept me guessing on how their relationship would turn out.
Ties That Bind is a fun, flirty, quick read that will keep true romance fans entertained.
RATING: 4 STARS ****