Kissing Comfort by Jo Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comfort Kennedy has been in love with Bram DeLong for years, but she is not blind to his many faults, so when he unexpectedly announces their engagement at his brother's birthday party, she is less than thrilled. Especially since they aren't actually engaged. Bram's brother Bode is even less thrilled and far more suspicious. What caused this need for a sham engagement, and how can Bode extricate Comfort from his brother's mess before it destroys them all?
Jo Goodman is a licensed professional counselor working with children and families--which I hadn't known before--and I appreciated how that knowledge deepened the character development in this novel. Comfort survived a massacre as a child, and Goodman doesn't sweep that away as being conveniently in the past and therefore over and done. Even twenty years later, those suppressed memories continue to affect and haunt Comfort and worry the "uncles" who adopted her.
For readers' advisors: story and character doorways, setting doorway (1870s San Francisco), some steamy sex scenes, and a good dose of both humor and suspense.
View all my reviews