By: Tamara Hoffa
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Published: November 11, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Content: M/F, Oral Sex
Heat Level: Spicy
Date: July 20, 2014
Through Fights and Fire, Prejudice and Passion, Burns A Special Kind of Love.
A divorced school teacher, estranged from her family, wants to start over. Sharon Daily moves to Gaines, Wyoming with her ten year old autistic son, Aaron. She hoped to find kindness and acceptance in this small town. She wasn’t looking for love…
Tanner West, the Fire Chief of Gaines, seems to have it all. Great job, loving family, and any woman he wants to warm his bed at night. But, Tanner has suffered too. A Native American in a white world, he longs to find love and acceptance. He is ready for more than someone to share his bed. He wants someone to share his life. And Sharon really lights his fire.
Making a life with Sharon will require A Special Kind of Love.
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. Sharon and her son Aaron are starting a new life in a small town in Wyoming. Aaron has Asperger's Syndrome and has been rejected by his father and grandparents, making his mother very protective and highly determined to give him a normal life. They meet fire chief Tanner West, a Native American man, and he takes on the task of teaching Aaron to ride horses. He and Sharon develop a relationship, leading his family to accept Sharon and her son into their fold. Just when things are going really well for Sharon and Tanner, Aaron runs off into a dangerous situation and they have to find him before it's too late.
The prejudices that Sharon and Aaron face due to his Asperger's and the prejudices Tanner faces because of his Native American heritage, makes them finding each other that much more special. They each understand the difficulties the other faces and it helps them bond on a deeper level. This isn't one of those stories where they meet and two days later they are in love and can't live without each other. Their love develops over time spent together talking on the phone every night, time spent with Aaron and time spent with Tanner's family. It gives the reader a feeling of depth to the relationship. It definitely makes their emotions more real, especially since they are not young, impetuous 20-somethings. They are older and more mature and their approach to their relationship reflects that. It gives the reader hope that the future is bright for them and they both deserve it.
I enjoyed the fact that the author never gave a dramatic, in-depth description of Tanner. She gave a quick two or three line description of his outward appearance. The true attraction of Tanner came from his words and actions throughout the story. When reading the story, I didn't find myself picturing him physically while I read but I still found him swoon-worthy because of his actions whether it was moving Sharon behind his body when confronted by the drunk man at the dance, giving Aaron earplugs so he could enjoy the fireworks or any of the other subtle moves that showed his true nature as a gentleman. And really, let's face it, writing him as a hot guy is fine, but when your audience is reading rather than watching the story, the things the hero says and does are more important. This author seems to understand that concept well.