"Heartwarming sweet contemporary"

Edward McCloud is the sales rep for his family's successful business, McCloud Tool and Gauge. He job requires him to be constantly on the road, meeting with developers and suppliers, and attending trade shows and seminars. After many years of living out of suitcases, Edward wants to settle down and perhaps even start a family. A new agreement with his father allows Edward to work out of the office, though he will have to do the odd jobs assigned to him by his father and older brother Dave.

One of those jobs is to find someone who can sew doll dresses for Dave's four-year-old daughter. Toni Rovere, one of the company's accountants, is an accomplished seamstress and agrees to make a collection of doll dresses for the little girl. The project brings Toni and Edward close, and romance slowly blossoms between them.

I really enjoyed this story. The romance between Toni and Edward develops slowly over time, making it believable for me. I thought that the two main characters were well-developed and real. The conflict in this book was more internal in nature, both for Edward and for Toni. Edward must fight not only his family's initial resistance to having him in the office, but also to their antiquated norm of not allowing female executives. Toni, on the other hand, keeps her keen intelligence and graduate-level education a secret from the company for her own reasons. She also knows that her chances of becoming the head of accounting are slim, based on the company's all-male norm.

The ending was very sweet on all fronts, although I must admit that I was a bit surprised with the romance ending -- I didn't think that Edward and Toni's relationship had gotten to that stage, based on the courtship outlined in the story. However, it was a satisfying ending nonetheless and I have no complaints about it.

I recommend this novel to fans of sweet contemporary romances.

Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted April 6, 2010


Tired of being the sales rep for his father's firm, Edward finds the home office just as hazardous. Lumbered with finding a replacement for the firm's CFO, Edward suspects the best man for the job is a woman.

Toni Rovere can be easily overlooked—until Edward finds that he could learn a thing or two about business from her.

Genre: Contemporary Sweet Christmas romance

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That Special Someone
by Jane Bierce

1stBooks Library
November 1, 2009
Available: November 30, 2009
ISBN #1587491915
EAN #9781587491917
159 pages
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