Title: Until You
Author: Jeannie Moon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.
It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.
However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.
But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.
So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.
And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.
Read on for my thoughts on Until You.
One of the advantages (or disadvantages) of running multiple book blogs is occasionally there are novels that I want or even need to publish on more than one website. Like this one. While Keeper Bookshelf is where all of my NetGalley reviews go, every now and then I find a novel that fits perfectly over here on Romance Is Ageless.
This review has a slightly different slant. This blog is geared toward readers who are looking for romance between people over the age of 30 (at least) or even older/younger couples… but not teenyboppers.
I would suggest Until You to anyone who loves a deeply involved love story. Not light-hearted, definitely not fluff, but a deeply felt and even more deeply examined relationship that will change many people’s lives just by existing.
Kate Adams is celebrating her 40th birthday. Celebrating might be an exaggeration, but she is at least acknowledging it. David Burke will turn 30 in a few months – which makes him at the time of their first meeting 29.
This is not a “cougar” novel – yes there is a decade between them in age. But this isn’t about looking for a young stud on the female’s part.
It’s a novel about finding unexpected love – and that, my friend, is simply ageless.
Kate is an accomplished writer and teacher. She has worked hard for her spot on the best seller’s list. And can finally reap the rewards of a work life well lived. Unfortunately, Kate is also recently divorced. Her husband, excuse me, ex-husband Richard is a skanky, arrogant, thief, manipulative, bastard and generally all star bad guy. He couldn’t get his greedy hands on her family money, so now he’s out to take everything – literally everything – from Kate that he can manage by any means possible.
He wants sole custody of their 17 year old daughter, Laura. Child support, spousal support and if money isn’t enough — he is slowly but certainly poisoning Laura against her mother.
Richard was abusive during their marriage, and his current wife-to-be has been his mistress for the majority of his marriage to Kate. Laura believes the lies her father and Marie feed her on a daily basis and her mother won’t say anything, good or bad, so who else is she to believe but her father.
Kate is pretty well beaten down by her life as she sits at an outside table slowly emptying an entire bottle of wine to “celebrate” her 40th birthday.
David Burke is a NHL player, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. He is handsome, rich, athletic and can pretty much have any girl he wants. So when he and his fellow teammates spot Kate slowly downing her wine the guys make a bet that he can’t bed her by morning.
What David didn’t expect as he approached Kate’s table was to feel a tingle after looking into her soft, expressional eyes or to care about getting to know this lady with sadness written all over her. He didn’t expect to find her intelligent and classy during their dinner. Nor did he expect the passion as they returned to her room. And he definitely didn’t expect to want to see her again. That night he didn’t know her age – only that she mattered, and he needed to see where what ever “this feeling” was would take them.
Until You is a book that I would strongly suggest you try out. It is a powerful novel not only about romance between two people but of how that relationship will affect everyone in their lives. Friends, family, teammates, students even neighbors and restaurant owners will play some part in David and Kate’s story.
There are a lot of reality checks in this novel. And I can pretty much guarantee by the end you will be plotting Richard’s demise. You will also find a tender, love story that defies the odds.