I am becoming Ann Christopher's biggest fan, and have been feverishly searching for any and all of her books online. I've yet to come across a book that I wasn't thrilled with, at least as it pertains to the romance in the story. A lot of authors don't always understand romance, and how it works. You either get too much sex, and not enough romance and compatibility between the characters, or not enough physical attraction or content to warm you up on the inside. Ann does both in equal, but appropriate measure. She weaves together characters that you love, in scenarios that you can either relate to, or at least empathize with. She makes the men strong, and be upfront about their feelings, yet delicate with the women that they love.
I loved Tony - he's a war hero with a lot of baggage, but has enough of his mind to know what he wants as soon as he returns home. I was rooting for him the entire time, on a mental (to get his issues resolved) as well as a relationship-wise level. Talia was a delight as well. I enjoyed reading the letters that they shared with each other while he was away at war, as well as Talia's cute personality. Her condition was a surprise; usually authors don't delve into such serious subject in a short romance novel. But Christopher does it with ease.
This is a quick read, spends very little time talking about Tony's brother and Skylar (which I was okay with actually), and begins to tee up future stories with some of Tony's cousins, and (the way I read this) the Talia's smart-mouthed, but loyal sister.
Great job, Ann. Don't keep us waiting long, we look forward to the next one!