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Friday, December 2, 2011

"Beach Lane"

by Sherryl Woods, AF, 2011, Playaway digital audio, 10.5hrs, rating=3

In the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin's "not dating" claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie's thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis.
But O'Briens always unite in a crisis. Even her cousin Jess, Susie's rival for most of their lives, becomes her staunchest supporter—especially when Mack's former lover comes to town. The stakes are higher than ever before, but Susie's definitely up to the challenge…as long as Mack's right there by her side. (Goodreads)

A nice romantic novel.  Two friends on the road to being more, but then future plans were stalled because of personal troubles so the relationship goes to limbo.  The secrets they kept from each other seemed such an unhealthy way to have a future together so it was hard for me to root for them.  But as the story continued, I couldn't help but wish for the couple's success.  I'm a sucker for love that way!

The supporting characters functioned well here. The O'Brien family was a hoot. It was also nice to read Jess's turn of character. It's always a treat to read family working things out. 

My only qualm was that Mack was too perfect (except in the beginning).  Once the secrets were out, Mack did a 360 and everything fell in line.  Nothing rocked the boat for him from then on.  He was supportive, loving, thoughtful, sexy, and just did and said everything right.  Every girls dream!  I guess I just couldn't believe it ... too good to be true kind of thing.  No wonder men are lost.  When they give us perfection, we still question (I'm not the only one, right?).  Anyway, maybe Ms Woods will rattle some bones in the family trip to Ireland in the next installment?

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