Deep Down

Elle Aycart
Deep Down
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Loose Id
Release Date
February 2014
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Mike Haddican, proud small-town gym owner and renowned karate instructor, is an all-around good guy. He's never needed much to be happy. Only his family, his friends, his girl. Especially his girl. So when that girl up and left him seven years ago to chase her dreams, she all but destroyed him.

Sure, contemporary dancer Kyra Brims made it big, but it cost her dearly. Now her life and career are in shambles. She doesn't need a do-over; she needs a friggin' miracle. Injured, broke, and out of options, she returns to Alden, the town she swore she'd never see again -- and home of Mike Haddican, the man who ripped her soul to pieces -- to lick her wounds and recover.

Forgetting and letting go proved impossible when they were worlds apart; now that they're stuck together they don't stand a chance, especially with Mike's grandma and her partners in crime plotting, meddling and refusing to give up on them. But as the passion that never died burns out of control, so do old hurts and unresolved issues. They're going to have to dig deep down to find forgiveness and the wisdom to move on.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Apr 02, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
141 people found the following review helpful
Three octogenarian grandmothers take on a bull-headed couple in a lusty romp about independence and love.

Mike Haddican has loved Kyra Brims since she arrived in the small town of Alden when they were in grade school. They went together in high school and lived together for three years in college. But when Mike asked Kyra to marry him, she turned him down saying that she wanted to see the world and become a dancer, not ever get married.

Three years later at a funeral, after he sees her with a husband and infant, Mike who still loves Kyra goes through a major funk, getting tattooed, having indiscriminate sex, and getting a penal piercing.

Seven years later, Kyra is back in town, divorced, with her daughter Sam. Although she's a dance phenomenon, having been a mainstay on a dance with the stars television show and lead dancer and choreographer for a famous pop singer, she's broke, has an injured shoulder, and is looking for work. Mike's father hires her to teach aerobics classes at the family's gym, and the town's trio of grandmas, which includes Mike's grandma, who vows to get the couple back together.

As typical in romances, Mike and Kyra's estrangement hinges on a big misunderstanding. Unraveling that and rehashing their past history take up enough ground that most readers will be as ready as the grandmas to bash the couple's heads together.

Fortunately, the feisty grandmas add enough humor to keep the plot going, and the sex scenes between Mike and Kyra will keep readers turning pages.

Mike's a typical Neanderthal romance hero, whose my-way-or-the-highway view of life shelters a bleeding heart. Everyone loves Mike despite his hard-headedness. He's wonderful with kids, sweet to his grandma, and tries to take care of everyone around him. He's super passionate and steadfastly loyal. When he loves, he loves forever.

Kyra is a will-o-wisp. She believes in herself as a dancer, but not as a housewife. Because she feels she was abandoned as a child, even though she was raised in a stable home in the small town, she doesn't think she deserves Mike's love and a stable relationship. She's a bundle of contradictions who doesn't seem to warrant a reader's regard.

The grannies with their cell phones producing salacious auto-text corrected messages and their plots to reunite Mike and Kyra are the glue that holds the often repetitive plot and one-note couple together.
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