Before the Blog review – United States of Love by Sue Fortin

I thought it would be a good idea to put all of my reviews in one place. I’ve therefore created a Before the Blog review page where all of these reviews can be found. I will hopefully be able to say where it was first posted and when I read it.

Title –  United States of Love

Publisher – Harper Collins

Originally posted – Goodreads

Read – 20-23 October 2013

9780007559749

“Since splitting from her husband, single mum Anna Barnes is enjoying her new found freedom and independence.

However, she didn’t bank on working for Tex Garcia – or the sparks that fly between them. The gorgeous American chef is getting the locals hot under the collar and not just because of his culinary prowess!

One problem: Tex can’t commit and women pass through his life like dishes going out to service! Will it be the same with Anna? One thing’s for sure, this All American man is determined to break her self-imposed rule of never mixing business with pleasure – and add some spice into the mix…”

I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars if that were allowed on Goodreads.

Anna comes with baggage – a teenage son, three jobs and an ex husband who’s not quite got his head around the ex part. Tex is a love ’em and leave ’em American who hasn’t really recovered from the death of his wife and hides behind shallow relationships, cutting and running when things get too serious. He sees Anna at first as the next in a long line of conquests but she is adamant she won’t fall for his charms, particularly when she starts to work for him.

This is a different type of love story in that we know Anna and Tex get together quite soon in the book. The story is about how their relationship develops and how they get over the obstacles in the path to true love.

This is a gently paced story but with lots of story arches, showing a whole host of problems that cause the romance to hit rocky ground.

This is the author’s debut but she still clearly has her own style and voice, which can only grow with any further works from her.

I really enjoyed the scenes set in Texas on Tex’s ranch. In fact it would be great to see a sequel based around the ranch and it’s inhabitants!

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