by Barbara McMahon

July 2003
ISBN: 0-373-24554-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1554
Trade Paperback

Mandy Parkerson has a few trust issues, and can you blame her? Her mother dumped her in foster care when she was five, her boyfriend just abandoned her when she found out she was pregnant, and when she accepts a job on the other side of Colorado she is hardly behind her new desk for a minute before her new boss tries to send her packing. Jackson Witt, her boss, thinks that Mandy would be too much of a distraction for the men building a resort in the wilds of Colorado and the last thing he wants is a distraction of the female sort. It’s been just a little over three years since his wife and son were tragically killed and Jackson has made his business his life, leaving no time for any distractions – especially the kind that Mandy is turning out to be.

Jackson thinks Mandy is sweet, kind and just a little bit vulnerable and I have to agree. I really enjoyed her character. She was sensitive without being a push-over (something I absolutely detest in my romance women) and although she is slow to trust, she just can’t help her feelings for Jackson. It’s extremely easy to fall into the shoes of Mandy, but then again who wouldn’t fall for a tall, rugged, handsome, sensitive man like Jackson?

The fact that he’s still recovering from the loss of his wife is endearing and shows the levels of his love and commitment, I just knew that he wouldn’t be the kind of man to let Mandy down like she’s been let down in the past. He’s not sappy or particularly brooding, but he initially fights against his feelings for Mandy… and thank goodness! There is nothing I like more than to see two people fight against what I know is best for them. I can relish the fact that the moment I was introduced to the characters I just knew it would be the perfect romance and I can smile smugly when the characters finally realize that I was right all along.

Never mind that this is romance and the main characters are meant to end happily ever after. A good author will let you play this game with her and a great author will keep you salivating for it page after page – I knew from the first chapter that I wanted nothing more than Mandy and Jackson to live and love together, but I just HAD to keep reading to make sure everything turned out alright.

While there is a strong sense of intimacy and sensuality in the novel, the scenes are not particularly graphic but are more likely to tug at your heart strings. Which is probably erring on the side of caution as one of the main characters is a few months pregnant. She`s Expecting is a good romance, a great story, and (if you are anything like me) has just enough of everything to keep you smiling goofily at your pages while you read.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Nadia.

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