Kayla isn't just the boss's daughter to Adam Wright---he'd like to negotiate a lifetime partnership! But he's coping with a sick mother and a failing company, and she returned to Oxford only because her South American mission was left penniless. Hampered by regrets, can they circle around their past hurts to find future commitment? 320 pages, softcover from Nelson.
Sometimes to find what matters, you have to back up and start again.
He's a hotshot financial analyst who has lost it all. She's a brokenhearted world traveler forced to come home and beg for money. His job hangs by a thread. Her dreams of making a difference in Africa are circling the drain.
It's a spectacularly bad time for romance, even on the charming stone streets of an English university town. But sparks fly--and danger threatens--when these two wounded souls must work together to solve a mystery and right a wrong.
To find what they need, they may need to relearn everything they thought they knew about love.
Bunn mixes romance and light suspense in a proficient but somewhat lackluster read. Protagonist Adam Wright is a formerly self-absorbed actor turned crack investment analyst who is bitter about his fathers abandonment. When hes hired by investment house Oxford Ventures, he falls hard for the bosss daughter, Kayla Austin. She has her own woes: her fiancé has embezzled the money from the African relief project she was spearheading, leaving her brokenhearted and her venture virtually bankrupt. Together, Kayla and Adam seek to heal past wounds and discover whos sabotaging Kaylas fathers company. Bunn (Heirs of Acadia series; The Lazarus Trap) successfully uses the rich backdrop of Oxford, England, as his setting, but the suspense never moves past a gentle simmer. The pacing slows in places; the romance between Kayla and Adam lacks much tension; and occasionally, Bunn resorts to stale prose such as The air was spiced with Kaylas fragrance, and the heady scent of a better tomorrow. One bright spot is the storys sensitive handling of faith: Much of the plot hinges on what various characters intuit about Gods leading, but in Bunns capable hands, this is less forced than one might think. Bunn is a proficient writer, and despite its flaws, his fans should find this a mostly smooth read with a redemptive conclusion. (Apr. 8) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.