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Tender Loving Care

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When tragedy strikes, Zoe Anderson finds herself in the one role she never expected to have: mother. Sharing guardianship of four-year-old twins with sexy Rafe Kirkland is a responsibility she simply cannot accept. Rafe is just going to have to take care of the boys himself.

Rafe's not prepared to be a single parent either, but deserting the children is not an option--and h
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Published March 16th 2011 by Carina Press (first published June 1987)
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Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
3.5 Stars

Zoe Anderson and Rafe Kirkland have big shoes to fill as guardians to, two adorable 4year old twin boys, Aaron and Parker. Their best friends Janet and Jonathon,died suddenly in a tragic accident. So as they had asked in their will,if there was ever a situation like this ever happened,they asked if the godparents to their children would take care of them. They're not legally obligated to make a home for the twins. Neither of them signed anything. Ethically, morally and legally,being gu
Kerry  sullivan
I didn't think I was going to like this book, I was expecting some sickly sweet chic lit, especially as the first word is 'Snookums'. What I got was a funny intelligent story about loss and learning how to be found. it was a smart story about compromise and self image and how both can be distorted by our own history. This is a feel good book and I certainly feel good after reading it.
**3.5-4 Stars**

Zoe and Rafe hardly know each other but with one life changing event they are have become parents to two four year old twins. Parker and Aaron's parents died suddenly in an accident and they left their two boys to their best friends. Neither Zoe nor Rafe have lives that include children neither one wants the responsibility of raising the children, but both of them know that the boys have no one else. Zoe feels like if Rafe has the boys for just a little while he will be able to se
Review at Book Chelle

What would you do if your best friend and her husband died? Would you be able to bear the grief to care for their children? Meet Zoe and Rafe. They have just lost their best friends and flew to comfort their godchildren. They are now also the legal guardians of the two, something that their best friends left in their will since Zoe and Rafe became the god parents. Would you be able to handle all of this? Together?

The situation grabbed me. It intrigued me that Greene chose
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What would you do if your best friend and her husband died? Would you be able to bear the grief to care for their children? Meet Zoe and Rafe. They have just lost their best friends and flew to comfort their godchildren. They are now also the legal guardians of the two, something that their best friends left in their will since Zoe and Rafe became the god parents. Would you be able to handle all of this? Together?

The situation grabbed me. It intrigued me that Greene chose t
Mary Catherine
*3.5 stars out of 5*

Though Jennifer Greene has been writing for years, TENDER LOVING CARE was my introduction to her and I believe it to be a wonderful one.

Zoe and Rafe are two singles thrown together in the aftermath of their best friends’ death and saddled with a set of twins in their toddler years. While the death of their friends is never explained (one of the few issues I had with the book, though it wasn’t very essential to the plot), Zoe and Rafe come together despite only meeting once be
Zoe's life on the ocean front in Washington is suddenly turned upside down when her best friend tragically passes away. Zoe, being named the godmother, is left to take care of the 4 year old twins. Rafe's life in Montana chasing after earthquakes and avalanches is also suddenly turned upside down when his best friend tragically passes away. Rafe, being named the godfather, is left to take care of the same 4 year old twins. Somehow, they need to figure out who will take care of the twins, where t ...more
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Date reviewed: 26th March 2011

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A yet another contemporary romance by Jennifer Greene, and as always, I enjoyed reading her book. This time, in Tender Loving Care, there’s load of surprises, plenty of sweet romance and a lot of hidden messages. One of the most obvious message that Ms. Green’s trying to send across this time is that learning to love wholeheartedly without fear.

You see, the heroine of this story fought against fa
This was nothing like I thought it would be. I was sort of thinking something along the lines of that movie with Katherine Hiegl, Life as We Know It, and while the plot was similar, the writing just didn't sell it to me. One, it moves very fast. Its a shorter novel, which usually doesn't bother me, but when you are dealing which such an interesting topic as this, I was expecting some hijinks and funny situations that would throw the characters together.

Second, the book was just odd. The four yea
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
This was really good and a bit sad too! I was teary eyed through bits of this. I'm glad that Zoe wasn't a natural, since she didn't have kids. It made it so realistic for her to have trouble with kids she's always known but never had to play the role of parent. And Rafe! I just loved him!

I kept laughing everytime one of the kids yelled out "Snookums!" I loved that. The kids were just fun to read about. They were little monsters (but hey, one 4 year old can be trouble, can't imagine two!) and wer
I expected this book to be more lighthearted than it actually was.

I didnt really like the main character of Zoe too much, she was a bit whiny and she kept taking things that were said in the wrong way. Which I understand happens in a love story but it was so obvious to me what Ralf actually meant, I couldnt see how she didnt get it.
I did like Ralf but it just seemed like they were playing games between themselves, and I found it a little frustrating.
The twins boys were written brilliantly, I cou
I have seen several Jennifer Greene's books and wondered if I would like her writing style. The answer is a definitive "Yes"! I really enjoyed this book. At 127 pages, it was a relatively quick and fun read. The plot reminded me a bit of the recent movie "Life As We Know It" with Katherine Heigel. This was such a sweet and charming book. I won't rehash the plot here. I found myself chuckling several times while reading. The only possible detractor for me was that I thought the 4 yr. old twins ha ...more
Suelen Dias
When I chose this book on NetGalley, I was looking for something cliché, already told in lots of movies or other books, and I was not disappointed. It was exactly the way I expected. The book tells a story about Zoe and Rafe. After the loss of their best friends, they found out that they were named guardians of their best friends’ 4 years old twins, and now they need to change their way of life and provide comfort and a safety home for the little boys.
The story is a little bit complicated, cuz n
Deborah Andreasen
I have to say, this was not my favorite book.

Rafe was about the most sensitive man ever when it came to dealing with Zoe’s emotions and inner turmoil, which was very sweet. There were aspects of the book that I identified with (infertility and adoption), but other than that, I thought the plot took a back seat to sex.

It felt like most of the book was about the attraction between Zoe and Rafe, which I agree could be a major part of the story. But I honestly felt like the main focus was their phy
This is a fantastically warm and fuzzy romance for moms! Imagine your typical formulaic romance novel - two people ridiculously attracted to each other, but both with some baggage inhibiting the relationship - and add two incredibly cute and exhausting four-year-olds to the mix. It was a quick, easy, and fun read, and as family-friendly as adult romance novels can be. All the characters were enjoyable, fleshed out and fully connected, with no loose ends at the end of the story. As a lover of bot ...more
I have loved everything by Jennifer Greene I have read so far! She creates amazing characters and heartfelt stories! She is one of those writers that you keep thinking about her characters after the story is finished.
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Winner of over 15 national awards, including the RWA Hall of Fame and the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, Jennifer Greene weaves real issues, warm characters common-life humor, and page-turning romance and suspense into her stories.

Jennifer sold her first book in 1980, and since then has sold over 85 books in the contemporary romance genre. She won her first professional writing award
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