Sarah Smile by Lori Leger


Sarah Smile (Halos & Horns)

Synopsis:

Now that her abusive ex-husband is out of her life, Sarah Richard is savoring her freedom. Surrounded by people who treat her and her babies like family, the three of them are thriving. Though occasionally haunted by nightmares from her violent past, she struggles to put it behind her. With a loving surrogate family, good friends, and a new career, all she lacks is a man in her life. The question is, will she ever be able to trust another man with her and her twin daughters’ hearts? 

Dr. Tanner Collins is running from his own sordid past. The man has left a trail of women from one end of Louisiana to the other, and through half the state of Texas. Even when this bad boy tries to be good, he has women throwing themselves at him at all hours of the day and night. When his admiration for Sarah turn into something stronger, he keeps his feelings in check, knowing he’ll never be near the kind of man she deserves. 

When Tanner rushes to Houston to be with his parents during his father’s illness, he’s forced to deal with hidden resentments toward his upper crust parents. At some point he accepts the fact that situations aren’t always as obvious as they seem on the surface. 

Review:

Sarah Smile was written like a Christian book, even though I don't think it is. It has that feel good, super innocent everything is magical thing that Christian romances have. I don't know if that makes sense, but that is how it felt to me, and if you have read Christian romances before maybe you know what I am talking about. I kept expecting the God talk to come out, but it never really did. 

This is the first book I have read by this author so I wasn't already familiar with the characters. I don't think that mattered much as you got to know them in this story. Maybe they had more of a back story in a different series, but it was fine. 

The story itself was simple and it was a quick read. I still enjoyed it. Sarah and Tanner obviously like each other, but Tanner doesn't think he is good enough for her. They keep getting thrown together at different times, and once Sarah finally tries to do something about it her brother comes and messes everything up. I didn't really like that as I thought come on Sarah, you are not even going to see what he has to say for himself? You are just going to go with what your brother saw and call it good? Really? I thought you were better than that. I thought you would at least have heard him out. And even if what you thought happened had happened, well so? It is not like you were dating or anything. But of course everything magically works out with everyone involved. Tanner has a rocky relationship with his parents? Fixed. The misunderstanding? Fixed. Everything fixed. Happy ending all around.

Overall this was a quick, light read. Fun, but nothing too amazing. Still enjoyable.

Rating: 3/5

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