Tom London has done a pretty damn good job. Despite an illness that stole his young wife years ago, he's raised his biological son, and several adopted ones, to be fine men. The Hot Rods might be unconventional, but they're hardworking, hard-playing, and hard-loving. Tom couldn't ask for anything more-except perhaps an equally fierce love of his own. And he's got his eye on a luscious candidate. Ms. Wilhelmina Brown, a longtime widow with more than enough sass in her step to take him on.
Willie has a lot in common with Tom. She's raised two wonderful daughters, both now married into the Hot Rods family, and lived through her own tragedy, having lost her husband in a horrific accident. More than two decades later, she and Tom still live with the ghosts of their pasts, but she'd have to be dead herself not to feel the man's effect on her libido. They already share a mutual respect; perhaps they can each be what the other needs in more tangible ways....
As Tom and Willie take one step closer, an explosive revelation shoots them several steps back. But that bombshell turns out to be just a precursor to something potentially worse... potentially deadly... and potentially enough to keep the mature lovers apart forever.
I liked the uncommon set up of the book being an interracial couple and how the author addresses some members’ of society problem with that, and she does without becoming political or preachy or long-winded. I also liked that the 2 main characters, Tom and Willie (aka Wilhelmina), were not perfect people physically and were also in their 40s. As a result, the time they took and their level of consideration in getting together was refreshing. However, they seem to be too perfect in every other way and with too-perfect families. Similarly, the problems the couple faced, including a nice doozy of a surprise, were settled all-too easily.
The story has 3 sex scenes. They were not gratuitous, were hot and well done. And the couple seemed to have some chemistry, but I don’t know where it came from. Eventually listeners learn that they have been together about a year, but I have no idea how they met or when. A presumption can be made that it’s through Will’s daughters’ marriages, but it’s never made clear. I don’t know how they became connected and how Will became so tied into Tom’s life. Was it an immediate connection? Did they dislike each other before? What? These answers might be answered in preceding stories in this series, so that might just be my problem. But it would’ve been nice to get a quick synopsis, since we also get a bit of Willie’s backstory in order to understand upcoming critical parts. So knowing how Tom and Willie got together and started to like each other requires the same understanding and explanation, even a short one.
As always loved the book. Cannot wait to see what she does next. I thought I loved the boys and seeing them fall in love. But they have nothing on Tom. :-)
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