Sara Reed hasn’t had time for romance since her husband died. A single mom raising her son while also running a dance studio, she doesn’t have enough hours in the day to get wrapped up with Trey DeLuca. Plus the VP of sales for his family’s wine company refuses to settle down. The last thing Sara needs is to have her–and her son’s–heart broken. But when Sara decides to help out at the town’s Valentine’s Day Gala and Trey offers to play nanny in exchange for dancing lessons, Sara has no choice other than to let him into her life. Can she teach this commitment-phobe that life with a family is better than any adventure? Or will she lose him on the next flight to Italy?
When I first started reading Be Mine Forever, I had a really hard time with Trey. I couldn’t help drawing comparisons between him and Joey from the ’90’s TV show Friends. Both characters are young men who hop from woman to woman and for whom “commitment” is a dirty word that sends them running for the hills. Those types of characters, while occasionally fun to read about, don’t really work for me. I have a hard time imagining that they’d meet someone and fall in love over the course of a very short period of time.
That being said, Trey grew on me as I read. I was able to forget about his playboy past as he interacted with Sara, her son, and his family. I especially enjoyed his relationship with Sara’s son. He is very obviously out of place when surrounded by women and little girls, so five year old Cooper provided a reasonable transition for Trey to go from Career Man to “Manny”.
The women in this novel formed a sisterly group around Sara, and their love for her really jumped off the page. They all seemed like they would do anything to help her pull of her part of the Gala. Sara, on the other hand, wasn’t memorable for me. That’s not to say she wasn’t a well-rounded character who struggled with her feelings for Trey. She just didn’t change as much as he did.
This book would be perfect for anyone looking for a light, sappy romance to keep them warm during the cold winter months.
Be Mine Forever by Marina Adair is published by Montlake Romance through Amazon Publishing and is available in print on January 21, 2014.
*I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.