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Solitary Man (Love Unexpected)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  701 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A "Love Unexpected" Novel ...

When tough Boston cop Kevin Manning promised to care for his fatally wounded partner's family, an unexpected one night stand with the man's grieving sister wasn't part of the plan. No matter how intense the night had been, a woman like Nikki Welles deserves much more than a broken man like Kevin can give, and he leaves the next day. When he re
Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by CP Publishing (first published December 1st 2000)
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Aug 02, 2011 Gizzard rated it did not like it
Ugh a reprint of an old, bad Harlequin series romance. Every bad cliche including a narcissistic hero who is the responsible for all the bad in the world. Even bad choices of other people, because you know.... if he'd only been there, he'd save the world. Yuck- add controlling, unintended pregnancy, and off we go. This is the type of book that give a great genre a bad name.
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Independence, so long desired and worked toward, gets deferred for Nikki. She has always felt she was taken care of out of obligation rather than love. She doesn’t want to be anybody else’s responsibility. She wants to take care of herself and is well on her way to being able to so when her brother Tony, a policeman, is killed. She goes to see Kevin Manning, Tony’s partner. In their grief, emotions run high and events of that one nigh
Char (1RadReader59)
I really enjoyed this book. If you are a child, spouse, friend, relative, etc... This book will so touch home for you. I could relate on so many levels. I had been the friend who sat back & watch a friend who watched a friend go through relationships like this of co-dependency. I have gone through this, family members have which has caused warped relationships. But as the aurhor so researched & writes so touchingly in this book that if one member in the relationship is willing to reach o ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boston cop Kevin Manning was cleaning up after an episode with this alcoholic father when he received a 911 call. Instead of waiting for Kevin, his partner Tony, decides to take off on his own leaving Kevin behind. This turns out to be a fatal mistake for Tony. And now Kevin is living the guilt of thinking more of his hopeless father and himself than his partner. He is determined to care for Tony's wife and unborn child, and his sister Nickie Wells. Kevin and Nickie find comfort and escape from ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Rhonda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, 2017-read
Ok book, but I found myself not caring about the protagonists and most of their choices made me roll my eyes.
drey’s thoughts:
Brought together by tragedy, then pushed apart by stubbornness, Kevin and Nikki’s non-relationship is further complicated when he returns to town.

She loves him, but doesn’t want him if he doesn’t love her. He loves her, but doesn’t know it yet–and even if he did, he has absolutely no clue how to show it. When circumstances throw them together, they have to figure out if love is worth fighting for. Or if their arrangement is purely for convenience’s sake.

This is a sweet love stor
Jun 08, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I enjoyed this one. it wasn't as humorous as most of Carly Phillips books but I really liked the characters. There were also some serious issues dealt with. Kevin is the son of an alcoholic and his learning how to deal with his father was an important part of the story. I really liked that Nikki introduced him to the idea of Al-Anon. AA is occasionally mentioned in books but help for the families of alcoholics almost never is. That whole storyline made this book much deeper than a typical girl g ...more
Solitary Man was a typical category length book. I like Carly Phillips a lot, but this was early and written under her pseudonym, so wasn't as good as I'm used to for her. I felt like Nikki didn't really give Kevin the chance she promised to give him before deciding he couldn't give her what she needed - so I was a little irritated with her. Luckily he was able to make the changes in his life that needed to be made in order to be whole before she could actually act on her decisions. The ending w ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more intense romance than most of this authors books, dealing with the effects of alcoholism on the children of alcoholics and how it affects them emotionally. Kevin learned as a child that he has to be strong and carries around undeserved guilt. Nikki has to teach him that he is not his father.
Solitary Man was the third book of Carly Phillips that I read. It was may favorite in some ways. I loved the characters. I loved how hard both of them were willing to work to make their marriage and life better for their unborn baby. I did not like how Kevin tried to force Nikki into making the decisions he wanted her to make. Either way, it was a nice read and had a happy ending.
Mar 28, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok, i love Carly, but this one was just agonizing. So many horrible cliches. Sex scenes bad. Writing stilted and just plain confusing at times with word choice. The kind of book that makes me think if this got published, I could too! LOL! It was obvious that this was an early sample of a Carly book, and that girl is the type that improves with practice. Was very disappointing.
Feb 23, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't surprised to find myself enjoying this book, I always enjoy her books. There was a lot of depth of emotion in this story and I found myself pulling for the hero to find his way to a happy ending. I enjoyed this book, and would only say, read it, it doesn't disappoint.
Jun 09, 2013 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This was a contemporary romance which I liked but I didn't connect enough with the characters to love it. I think maybe it was the lack of humorous banter. These were more internal sorts, fiercely independent and not as open to connecting with others. Their childhoods taught them that.
Sherry Bohrmueller
Loved this book, my first by Carly Phillips, and I will read more of hers. Nice romance novel, well written. Recommend it highly.
Robin Geary
Aug 28, 2014 Robin Geary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad Kevin Manning finally came around! Loved this one!!!!
Dec 13, 2016 Mireille rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2016
I liked nothing about this.
Aug 09, 2011 Cheree rated it liked it
Not of on my favorite books of Carly's. You can tell that this was an early book of her's, and by that how great of a writer she has become today. As always a good read!
Jun 28, 2016 Hanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(truly madly deeply)

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Jul 07, 2011 Marijayne Stegman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
enjoyed this, sometimes the "I'm not good enough for her/him" theme bugs me, why do we have to make characters that are so unsure of themselves?
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-e
Eh she's written much better
Aug 02, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This was not one of her best. Not terrible, but glad Carly got better with later books. There was none of the humor that I'm used to with Carly and the characters just weren't that likable.
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