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I'm a self described romance and music junky. I writer just about every kind of romance story out there. I'm currently writing Inspirational fiction for Harlequin Love Inspired Romance, but have my backlist of books ready to self publish. My Fate with a Helping Hand in Massachusetts series will be published in the fall of 2011.
on March 18, 2014 :
Lisa Mondello has written another "pull at your heartstrings" romance with HIS DAKOTA BRIDE, Book 5 of the Dakota Hearts series. The shorter length contains all the emotional impact of a full length novel in a fast paced plot of lost love and redemption.
I think this might be my favorite book in the Dakota Heart series . . . but I've said that after reading each title. Sigh.
Wade McKinnon returns to his hometown of Rudolph, South Dakota to renew the love he once shared with Skylar Barnett. The only problem is Skylar thought he died in a Tsunami five years ago. Since she was pregnant with Wade's son, she moved to Rudolph to be around his family but kept the child's father a secret. She eventually meets and marries a good fellow by the name of Jay, who tries to make the marriage work until he realizes Skylar will never love him.
Wade has been in hiding since his secret work for the government placed his family in jeopardy all those years ago, but as soon as he learns of Skylar's newly single status, he decides to "resurrect" himself. Skylar is not the only one hurt by his deliberate disappearance. The tight McKinnon family is wounded, as well, and everyone is having a hard time separating the joy of his return from the anger over his lies. Wade obviously has a lot of fences to mend.
I see-sawed between the characters motives, undecided about who was right and who was wrong. I understood Skylar's pain and wanting to distance herself from Wade but I also validated Wade's decision to remain in hiding. In the end, I just wanted them to kiss and make up and boy howdy, did they ever! It was a sweet journey to get there because those two characters are chock full of raw angst. The layers are so perfectly written that I found myself experiencing the same internal tug of war as Skylar and Wade.
Ms. Mondello weaves a brief synopsis of the coupling history from the first four books, and includes key characters in the story line. It's because of her subtle effort that I would not have been confused if HIS DAKOTA BRIDE had been the first title I read from the series.
HIS DAKOTA BRIDE is short, sweet and full of romance - and demonstrates why Lisa Mondello a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Best Selling Author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 17, 2014 :
His Dakota Bride by Lisa Mondello
Dakota Hearts Book 5
Wade McKinnon was finding life was harder coming back from the dead than he had figured on. Life had gone on without him the past five years of his absence. But he was a McKinnon male and quitting was not in their genes.
Skylar Barnett had tried to make a new life. When Wade told her to leave Samoa and he'd meet her in Rudolph, South Dakota...she did as asked. Only to get news of his death. A child, marriage and divorce later and look who shows up, the man himself.
Another story that I was glad the tissues were nearby. Guilt, anger and fear stand between what once a pure love. Can love overcome all these things so these two people can truly be alive again? As always the reader gets to revisit with some of the other McKinnons that we met in the previous four books. Great series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)