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A Man Like Mac

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When Keely Wilson turns to Mac McCandless for help, an intense but unacknowledged attraction between them is rekindled. First, though, Keely has to accept a devastating change in Mac's life and face the loss of the career she mistakenly believes defines her as a person. A Man Like Mac is a powerful story of courage, acceptance, and the ability of love to heal the wounded h ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Superromance #911, 297 pages
Published April 2000 by Harlequin Books
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For Olympic runner Keely Wilson, all it took was an instant for her entire life to change irrevocably. While out for a run a car runs a stop sign and hits her, leaving her in critical condition and doctors telling her she'll never run again. For Keely, however, running isn't just something she does, it's who she is. Determined to prove the doctors wrong, she heads to her alma mater and Mac McCandless. If anyone could get her back into competition form again, it's her former coach - once she reco ...more
I was glad to find this book at UBS but be warned this book is not for you if you are looking for fluff. Mac was the best hero ever, who gave up his dreams of running to raise his siblings at the age of 22 & then went into coaching where he met Keely who wanted to be a runner, he taught her for four years of college & had a thing for her, not that he did anything about it.

The book opens up with Keely in an accident & then months later when she is still trying to go against what the d
Jennifer Leighton
Very unique. The heroine is an injured runner who wants to train to race again and her coach is the hero. He's 12 years older than her, secretly in love with her, and in a wheelchair. A 5 star read. It won a RITA for best first book also.
A day late but hopefully not a dollar short: this is my "how did this end up on my TBR shelf" book for July 2012. It was recommended by Ridley who blogged about protags w/disabilities for Dear Author. It was an unusual choice for me to read because I don't usually read the Harlequin Superromance line and I also shy away from books about folks that are out of my frame of reference. From the back cover: As Keely Wilson discovers, you don't often meet a man like Mac. He's overcome adversity and met ...more
A Man Like Mac is a both very different, and very much the same, as other romance novels. The fairly typical romance story is made unique by a hero who is a paraplegic. If Mac were not in a wheelchair, you'd still have a story, albeit a much less interesting one. Mac is Keely's former college running coach who agrees to oversee her recovery training after she was hit by a car. Keely is determined to return to racing, while Mac is determined to support her while she tries, all the while knowing s ...more
Dec 03, 2011 NTE rated it really liked it
Pro - both the hero and the heroine are dealing with disabilities, and both are dealing with them differently - almost as if people with disabilities weren't some homogenous group and had individual personalities and reactions to things? Or as if your relationship to your self and your body would change or evolve over time? Who'd have thunk? Anyways, I liked both of the characters (even though the heroine was edging close to the TSTL line, at times), and felt like their relationship grew in a pr ...more
Erin Burns
May 14, 2014 Erin Burns rated it really liked it
Shelves: openlibrary

This book is frequently found on lists about disabled heroes, particularly on positively rendered disabled heroes. It was published in 2000 and is not actually released as an eBook nor is it currently in print. While there are plenty of used copies for very cheap, isn't it better to be able to get things for free? So, I found a copy of this on OpenLibrary. It's available to anyone for check out with a free OpenLibrary account. There is only one copy so if you are looking for it, you may have a b
Mar 17, 2013 Selina rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! This was a very realistic romance, which I think is difficult to find. They manage to get together about halfway through the book (and this isn't a spoiler- it is a romance; of course they get together!), and then have to deal with some of the starker realities of being in a relationship. Of course, some of their difficulties are more pronounced, but overall, quite realistic.

I found it difficult to like Keely in the beginning, and that is where the 4 stars comes from i
Jane Stewart
Sep 10, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it
Nice story but not great.

It was nice to see how guys in wheelchairs date, dance, have sex, and do other things. It was a good story. It was interesting. Sexual content: moderate.

This was different from most romance novels because Mac was in a wheelchair. After she sees him, Keely wants to avoid having a romantic relationship, but later she falls in love with him.
Jan 05, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Well written love story with a good premise. Humorous and truthful. I like that Mac wasn't the only disabled character, but they should lots of healthy disable/non-disabled relationships. I didn't care for the lead girl so much, but I didn't dislike her enough for it to ruin the story.
Christyna Hunter
Apr 10, 2016 Christyna Hunter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, disability
Read this book after it was mentioned at a RWA conference I attended. Was still writing my book at the time and this book was a good reference because it's hero is in a wheelchair. The story is lovely and sweet. Makes me feel gooshy just thinking about it!
Megan Jordan
I received this book through a book share. It was actually an enjoyable read and a believable love story. The treatment of both characters' injuries was realistic and not over the top. Fun and fast read.
Mar 30, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Sweet romance. Nice to read about something different, this one dealing with a paraplegic. Not your usual fare.
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