"A sweet romance"
A marriage of convenience becomes a marriage of love... one
of my favorite kinds of stories. Trent Kasey has a problem.
Well, actually he has two problems, twins, his twenty-two
month old niece and nephew, Caitlin and Kyle. His sister
died and left him with her babies - and he loves them more
than he can say. But love isn't enough, he has a
construction company to manage, and the children's natural
father is a greedy, manipulative man who wants to fight for
custody of the kids... in spite of the fact that he hadn't
bothered to marry Trent's sister or ever see his children.
All he really wants is control over the small amount of
money left in trust for the kids' education.
But a judge might see a concerned father wanting custody of
his motherless children, and a confirmed bachelor like
Trent can't fight that on his own. What he needs is a wife
to stand in as mother in front of the judge, and he has
just the woman in mind, his neighbor and dog-trainer, Sarah
Goldwyne. Sarah loves children and regrets that she might
not be ever able to have any of her own. Given the chance
to help Trent out with his nanny problem, she jumps at it,
taking care of the twins when he needs to be at meetings
with customers. The fact that she's highly attracted to
Trent, as he is to her, is a small thing until it turns out
that a nanny isn't really what he needs. It's much harder
to ignore attraction when a couple is living as husband and
wife to fool the courts.
So, the question becomes how long it can take before these
folks form a real family out of attraction, need, and a
pair of rambunctious children. Sarah's own mother, father,
and brothers take a hand, making a point of treating Trent
and the twins as permanent members even as Sarah tries to
convince them their marriage is temporary, with typical
hilarious results. While it would seem that the court
battle and the natural father would be the main obstacles
to overcome, in reality it is both Sarah and Trent's
concern over losing someone they love that keeps them from
committing sooner to their relationship. This theme was
handled very well, and it was a nice contrast to see how
the love of a child is given so easily compared to that of
an adult. This was a sweet romance, and there was nothing
to make it more than a PG rating.
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted December 26, 2002
Thanks to fate and her scaredy-cat dog, Sarah Goldwyne's
life is about to change radically. She knows she should
be satisfied with her dog training business. Three years
ago she learned she could never have children. But she
yearns for more.
Trent Tremayne is raising his niece and nephew, but he
risks losing them to the father who didn't want them until
money was involved. He's having a hard time running his
business and caring for the twins. When his attorney
suggests he find a wife, Trent takes a look around and
finds his sexy new neighbor.
Sarah yearns for a taste of motherhood and caring for the
twins will give her that. But will she be able to bear it
when the court hearings are over and she and Trent go their
Trent can't allow himself to care about Sarah. He's lost
every person he ever loved--and loving the twins is
frightening enough. So he does his best to keep the
building intimacy from overwhelming him. But how much
longer can he hold out?