July 25, 2017 Kindle Edition, 334 pages by Montlake Romance
ASIN: B01N03MEFJ Series: Lake Haven #3 Rating: 4-1/2*
Kyra Kokinos is a single mother trying to make ends meet. Kyra waits tables by day, works on a real estate license by night and spends as much time as possible with Ruby her very precocious six -year old daughter. It’s a chore trying to keep Ruby from pestering their grumpy next door neighbor Dax Bishop. Dax is a gruff solitary man who keeps to himself after having been burnt by a nasty divorce. He might give you water if you were dying of thirst, but come to Kyra’s aid with a marriage proposal when Ruby needed life saving surgery? Wow, this was something Kyra never saw coming!
*** I loved this story and Ruby aka little “coconuts” absolutely stole my heart away. Dax was such a gruff curmudgeon right from the start, but loved when he christened Ruby with the coconuts moniker. After learning more of Dax’s story I couldn’t help wanting to see him find his own happiness and if it included Kyra and little ‘coconuts’ so much the better!
Actually, I couldn’t help comparing Kyra’s struggles with my own as so many women struggle to work, raise a child and go back to school to improve their lot in life. A simple enough theme and very current by todays standards. Nope, I even understood the fast food dinners one would settle for because life was so busy trying to stay above water and still provide for your child.
The characters were all admirably fleshed out and the secondary characters were most creative adding to building the story into a wholesome and totally enjoyable read. Bottom line is that I absolutely loved SUDDENLY ENGAGED and the realness of the story!