Love on Laird Avenue
By Cindy A Christiansen
Number of Pages: 211
Date Started: 10/22/2015 (rough guess)
Date Finished: 10/24/2015 (definitely when I finished it)
Tatum Stewart is trying to make it on her own
without her over-protective father. She starts a new computer consulting business and buys a new bungalow on Laird Avenue in Sugar House, Utah. She has no idea that the forces of evil are working against her that is, Burke Woods. His grandfather owned the home during Prohibition, and Burke wants the valuables stashed in her basement. Tatum’s dream home soon turns into her worst nightmare requiring her to hire the local renovation expert, Ryan Bulldarren. Who knew he would come with his own protection manual when he buys her a Bullmastiff dog as her new security system and sets about sabotaging her dates. Can these two quirky individuals figure out what Burke’s up to before it’s too late? Can they manage to keep their relationship strictly business?
This book is one of the best romance novels I have ever read, and I didn’t want it to end. While Tatum was originally annoying and hard to relate to the reasons why made a lot of sense, and it was great seeing her overcome her problems and hangups while trying to become a responsible adult. While Tatum was a bit hard to like it was impossible not to love Ryan from the start. Ryan has some legitimate problems that he could have fixed, but his brother and father didn’t realize the amount of strain they put on him by demeaning his intelligence instead of looking for a reason Ryan couldn’t seem to do certain things well. Together Tatum and Ryan learn that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself, and sometimes an unlikely ally can turn out to be one of the most inspiring people you have ever met.
This book is so incredibly real. I absolutely love Christiansen’s explanation of Ryan’s life and the tribulations he has had.
MILD SPOILER AHEAD!
Christiansen makes having a disability relatable in a way that not many others could. There are many people who have likely been in situations like Ryan growing up, and there are probably still thousands of people who have never been diagnosed with learning disabilities and are instead thought of as lesser of a person. Ryan overcoming his disability and learning how to cope is inspirational to those who may be in similar situations or know people who have been. Most realistic of all is the fact that Ryan could very well be a real person, who really went through this and learned, finally, how to live life to the fullest.
I really think this novel could have an amazing novella follow up, and I’m sure anyone who reads it would know exactly what I’d like to see!
Author Bio: (From Amazon)
Cindy A. Christiansen writes sweet romance with humor, suspense…and dogs! With over thirty health issues and two autistic children, she struggles to write but finds it cathartic. She loves going where only her characters can take her. She loves dogs and always includes them in her books and features them on her covers. She donates time and money to organizations that help abused and abandoned dogs.
Although she’s an LDS Christian author, she finds writing about a character’s relationship with God as private as she does bedroom scenes. She chooses to let the morals of her characters speak for them.
She lives with her wonderful family and delightful dogs in West Jordan, UT.
Check out Cindy A. Christiansen’s Amazon page.
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