Karen Templeton's SWEPT AWAY is the 5th book in The Men of Mayes County series. I wasn't aware of this when I started reading it and the story was fine as a read-alone book. The twister to this was I LOVED this book and want to meet the other characters so I am going back to find the others: Saving Dr. Ryan #1, Fathers and Strangers #2, Staking His Claim #3, Everybody's Hero #4, and A Husband's Watch #6. I am amazed how good this was; it is rare for me to give a Silhouette or Harlequin five stars. Hey, I am stingy with five stars all the time but I am eager to see if the other books in this series are just as good.
SWEPT AWAY is an engaging story of two fascinating people finding their way to be happy together. Two more different characters you couldn't meet; at 37, Carly is an only child, has never been married, has no kids, and was a professional ballerina until she was injured. Sam is a widower, a farmer and has six, yes, SIX children. To say that Carly isn't scared of this big family is an understatement.
Now, maybe it is because I am one of six kids and spent some wonderful vacations at my aunt and uncle's farm but I felt very much at home when reading their story. Some will think this book is too sugary-sweet but if you are looking for a romance that is a bit different the book is a smooth read. I finished it in a day.
There are some great secondary characters and romances and I found age wasn't a big factor. If you are deterred about reading a romance with kids or if you insist that your hero and heroine are perfect looking or young then this is not your cup of tea. But if you enjoy some good chemistry, humor, and some quoteable conversation this warm and witty romance is for you. I highly recommend it.