Title: Our Kind of Love
Author: Victoria Purman
Opening line: Anna Morelli plundered the deepest recesses of her brain for every Italian swear word she knew and let them rip in a furious, unadulterated tirade
Blurb: Dr Anna Morelli rarely makes mistakes. But this one is big, bordering on huge. Somewhere between sunset and sunrise at the simple beachside wedding of two old friends, she’s cried in the ladies bathroom, danced to too many ABBA songs and survived the best, knock-your-socks-off one night stand in recorded history. Has she gone crazy? She’s supposed to be running from the disasters in her life, not creating more. Award-winning journalist Joe Blake is back in Middle Point to lick his wounds after being dumped by his wife and sacked from his Sydney job on the same day. But after one incredible night with Anna, he finds he’ll need all his investigative skills to figure out why she won’t give in to their sizzling chemistry.
My Thoughts: Our Kind of Love is the final book in the ‘Boys of Summer’ trilogy that is set on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia – not far from the McLaren Vale wine region. I am very sad to see the series finish. We have seen Julia and Ry get their act together (in Nobody But Him), followed by Lizzie and Dan (in Someone Like You) now we get to see Anna and Joe in action. Joe, Lizzie’s brother, has returned to Middle Point from Sydney because his wife ran off with his best friend on the same day that he had been made redundant from his investigative journalist position. To say he has been knocked for six is an understatement. Anna has problems as well; a successful GP in Adelaide she is reeling after a series of miscarriages and discovering her husband was having an affair and kicking him out. Somehow she needs to pluck up enough courage to tell her family – not an easy task when you are part of a close knit Italian family that is part of the tight knit Italian community who all keep an eagle eye on everyone else’s business.
Author Victoria Purman did a brilliant job of conveying the growing attraction between Joe and Anna while giving them very realistic complications to becoming a serious couple. The story takes place over almost a year giving them time to deal with their issues and get to know each other. As with the previous books, OUR KIND OF LOVE has a beautiful setting, wonderful believable characters that you care about, romance, drama, friendship and humour and it is just plain wonderful to spend time with all the characters. I am really going to miss Middle Point but just on the horizon is a new release with Halrequin MIRA to keep me happy, with new characters to meet. Set on Kangaroo Island ONLY WE KNOW and will be released in late April 2015 – A rugged island. Two people. Family secrets.
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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.
With thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia and the author for my copy to read and review.