When famous author Luke Maguire decides to write his next novel in the small town of Burronga, Australia, he’s sure he can ignore the fiery redhead next door. Not only has he just been burned from a high-profile breakup, but he’s never been one to set down roots. No, he’ll finish his novel and leave Burronga. And soon.Tyler Jones just wants to run her business with her best friend, Ally, and take care of her three-year-old daughter, Chloe. She’s never needed help from anyone, especially not a man, and the brooding, rugged writer next door can’t tempt her. Not in the least.
Only Tyler and Luke can’t stay away from each other. So they set rules. No staying overnight, no future plans, no sappy good-byes when Luke inevitably quits town. But the chemistry between them is too strong to contain in a rulebook. Are Luke and Tyler ready to risk their lives of independence for something more?
Real Men Don’t Quit is a sweet, feel-good romance that will leave you with a smile on your face.
Luke, a renowned writer, is struggling with the loss of his mother six months previously, as well as a loss of passion for his work – he has discovered he can’t stand the character that made him well-known. I wonder how many writers go through that. He’s also avoiding commitment because he thinks he’s going to be like his father, who left his mother to raise five children alone.
Tyler, a single mum, is trying to work and run a business as well as raising her daughter Chloe. Tyler’s life to date has not been all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows and thanks to her own mother and a drug-addicted ex-boyfriend, she has a really major-league issue with being able to trust people. I sensed that Tyler was hardest on herself when it came to trust.
Both are trying to work with the cards their lives have dealt them, and their attraction to each other just serves to complicate this. Their chemistry is immediately evident, and despite the fact that neither is looking to become involved, I love that somehow they do. The “oh, love’s just snuck up on us” trope is fast becoming a favourite of mine and Coleen Kwan has done it really well in the Real Men series.
The sensuality level in Real Men Don’t Quit is pretty much fade-to-black – don’t be expecting acrobatics and whips. However, the sweet romance works really well, and their connection is no less sexy than it would have been if the sexytimes had been more graphic. Luke and Tyler work very well as a couple, and I am really happy that in the epilogue, they took their time in being a couple first before they take the plunge – this is a really big thing for me at the moment, no idea why.
The supporting characters, particularly Luke’s sisters and the evil mother-in-law, really added to the overall enjoyment I got from this book. I do have to say that my favourite of the supporting characters is Chloe, Tyler’s daughter. It is fantastic to read a child character who is real – sweet and cuddly, yet throws nuclear-level tantrums. Kids do show real emotions – I just wish more authors would write children like this. No more Children of the Corn, please!
I have read four of Ms Kwan’s books this year, and I’ve got to say she is fast finding a place on my auto-buy list.