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The Older Woman by Cheryl Reavis
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Jun 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: harlequin-silhouette, older-woman, category-romance
Read in June, 2011

I enjoyed The Older Woman, it was a very subtle book.
Calvin Doyle is still recovering from the injuries he received in the crash and the death of his friends, he was a para-trooper. He still has trouble in walking and has pains and he is still a bit upset over his friend's Rita's marriage, since he wanted more than friendship with her.

His nurse Kate got him a place to live and he is living a mundane life, trying to escape church-ladies and then slowly there is his growing interest in Kate. The book is slow and completely in Cal's voice. He goes to find out what is wrong when he sees Kate sitting in the rain and her boyfriend making an exit. He asks her to take him to have some steak and beer as a friend, and seeing her in a dress has all kinds of thoughts.

Kate is very reserved, Cal has to pry things out of her but we find out that she has reasons, she has had terrible judgment when it comes to men and is also a cancer survivor besides trying to be the peace-maker in the family. She tells him no to going out again even as friends but an almost kiss and one of her sister's walking in, calls for a family dinner at Kate's place that finally ends in a kiss.

Kate respected Cal and never tries to mock his limitations instead she gives him space and lets him try to do things on his own but calls him on it when he over-strains himself. Cal tells her that their age gap and what her family thinks doesn't matter and even though he falls for her, he doesn't tell her since he doesn't want to spook her.

I would have enjoyed Kate's point of view in the book as well. I liked Cal and Kate they are human, no super-heroes or alphas, the book was pretty grounded in real life.

Rating 3.5
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