by Catherine Anderson

June 2004
ISBN: 0-451-2116-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

For fans of Catherine Anderson who have been waiting for another story about the Coulter family, the wait is over! This time we meet the practical, ever responsible Zeke Coulter who just happens to buy a house next door to Natalie Patterson, a head in the clouds divorcee and mother of two.

When Zeke comes home and catches a small vandal running away from his now tomato covered house, he takes off after him and nearly falls head over heels on top of the sexiest woman he’s ever met. Once Zeke learns that Natalie has no way of repaying him for the damages incurred on his home, he comes up with a plan that not only will teach her son a lesson but will also give him the chance to gain some self confidence and respect for himself and others.

It is only when Natalie in an effort to help her son finish up his punishment, spends more time with Zeke and realizes how unlike her philandering, dirty dealing ex-husband he is. However Natalie’s self esteem is at an all time low and she is busy enough trying to keep her dinner club going and keeping her kids clothed and fed with the help of her comical but loving family.

It will take some persistence on Zeke’s part to show the sweet voiced Natalie that he is no frog but instead a handsome prince ready to help her take on the world. The romance that slowly develops between these two will leave you breathless and there are a few spicy scenes thrown in that will cause you to feel the heat.

I found this story started off a bit slow as I was thinking that I’ve read this neighbor with kids meets handsome neighbor story before but after only a few pages, I knew I was dead wrong on this one. Anderson throws in all kinds of different twists in this story and some very unusual characters like a security goose who protects not only the farm but its inhabitants, two of the cutest kids you’ll ever read about in a romance and even a bit of murder mystery thrown in. This will be one of those books you want to make sure and toss in the bag as you head to the beach this summer.

If you enjoyed BRIGHT EYES, be on the lookout in January for Anderson’s next “Coulter Family” series when MY SUNSHINE will hit the shelves.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Shelby.

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