Blue Eyes

Beth Pontorno
Blue Eyes
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
March 2011
Contemporary Romance

Megan Savoie doesn't want--or need--silly flirtations and romantic interludes. In her experience, such things always end in heartache. When her New Orleans home is mistakenly sold at a tax sale, romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

Remy Batiste, the buyer, has other ideas. Like Megan, he's no stranger to heartache. Nevertheless, he finds himself wanting to banish the sadness from her incredible eyes. As unexpected passion flares between them, he realizes Megan's home is more than a possession - it's her foundation. He wants to make it the sanctuary she craves, as long as she'll take him along with it.

Gaining her love poses a tough challenge. But winning her trust? Next to impossible.

Book Review by Tiffy (reviewer)
Mar 31, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
106 people found the following review helpful
Beth Pontorno's first novel, BLUE EYES, takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans. The novel grabs your attention from the first word and holds it until the very last word! It's easy to recognize that BLUE EYES is one of those special novels because I found myself so involved in the story that I started talking back to the characters! I was so upset with Megan's parents at one point that I wished I could smack them upside their heads and say, "What are you thinking?" or "How could you do that to your daughter?"

The characters in this novel made a lasting impression on me. At times I found myself either laughing or crying with the characters, but ultimately hoping that Megan could work through her issues and finally start to give and receive love. Megan Savoie is a professor of history at UNO and is a sexy, feisty woman who is unable to connect with anyone on an emotional level, while Remy Batiste is a hunky, hot engineer who starts a construction business after Hurricane Katrina to renovate derelict house for resale and is looking for that special someone to love. Megan's parents obviously elicited quite a strong reaction from me and not a very positive one!

Sparks fly early in this novel when Remy "buys" Megan's house at a tax sale because of a clerical error. While the clerical error is corrected, Remy moves into Megan's house to "maintain it" and also because he realizes that there is a strong attraction between them. Remy also recognizes that Megan has serious issues connecting emotionally with others. He works hard to begin the process of healing the wounds that Megan's parents caused by never showing any love or affection towards their daughter.

Ms Pontorno's masterful portrayal of Megan's inability to connect with anyone on an emotional level is incredibly well written. Her ability to make Megan's character sympathetic without becoming an annoying caricature is one of the major reasons I really enjoyed this novel. On the other hand, Remy's character is the perfect counterpoint to Megan. His ability to get under her skin and bring her emotions to the surface rounds out the novel and makes the love story realistic.

The interplay between Remy and his family, and Megan and her parents really brings this novel to life. Megan encourages Remy to grieve over his father's death while Remy brings love and passion to Megan's life. Megan views life from the sidelines and Remy draws her into the game. It's a great read and I'm looking forward to the author's next novel!
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