Saturday, January 23, 2016

REVIEW: No Accounting for Love by L.M. Gonzales #Contemporary #Romance

Laura Cortez, a single mom, works full-time and takes classes toward an accounting degree for a better income for her family. She meets her dream man on a blind date set up by their siblings but thinks she should have stayed home. When he asks her to his company’s Christmas party, she agrees against her better judgment; she’s attracted to him despite all the reasons she shouldn’t be.

Tony Alvarado has spent his life, ever since his marriage, building his accounting firm because his ex-wife nagged him constantly about money. When she divorced him, claiming he was always working, she took half his money, and his son. Now he believes women only date him because he’s rich. His reactions to Laura puzzle him, but he continues to see her because he can’t figure her out.

Will the holiday season help them forget the liabilities and balance out the miracle of love in adding together two lonely hearts?

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RATING: 4.5 Stars 

Laura Cortez and Tony Alvarado are both divorcees who have not quite recovered from the pain of their failed marriages.  Tony threw himself into expanding his accounting firm, spending very little time with his son, who lives with his mother – and her ever-changing list of boyfriends.  Laura threw herself into raising her two sons, with virtually no contact with their father; she is working on finishing her accounting degree, and also works full-time.  Neither one is particularly interested in finding another serious romance.  But a blind date brings them together right around Christmas, and despite themselves, the attraction is undeniable.

No, this is not a love-at-first-sight story.  There is a definite mutual physical attraction, but they both try to fight it off, despite siblings and co-workers who keep encouraging them to get – and stay – together.  And then there are three young boys, who might be able to accept a new relationship for their respective parent, but have trouble accepting each other.  Drop in Laura’s plan for starting an accounting career, mix it with Tony’s very successful accounting firm, and this chemistry experiment keeps growing.

This is not a totally unfamiliar plot for a love story, especially with Christmas always in the background, so, as with most books in this genre, for it to succeed, the development of the characters has to overshadow that plot.  L. M. Gonzales definitely achieves that here.  Both primary and secondary characters are interesting, believable, and understandable People.  Laura and Tony are very well-portrayed, with their own plans, goals, and problems, with sympathetic, attractive, growing personalities.

‘No Accounting for Love’ is a nicely constructed, smoothly developed feel-good story.  I recommend it to any fan of the contemporary romance genre, and rate it at 4.5 Stars.  Read it, relax, and enjoy.

I am very grateful for the reviewer’s copy I received.

Reviewed by: Roberta

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