ROMANCE

Mostly Sunny

Dafina: Kensington. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781496718259. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781496718266. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Abandoned by her unstable mother and in the foster care system from the age of eight, social worker Sunshine Gibson is determined to ensure that other children avoid her fate. So when the anonymous birth mother of eight-year-old Soren (whom Sunny secretly thinks might be her sister) begins sending letters and money, Sunny fears the woman might interfere with Soren's new life and upcoming adoption, and she's not about to let that happen. But Julian King, the ex-football star and high-profile attorney she hopes will assist her, resists all the way. First, he doesn't do family law; second, he doesn't do pro bono work; and third, Sunny is far too appealing—and falling for someone is not on his agenda. Then everything changes. Zingy dialog and surprising humor lighten the powerful emotions that weave throughout this story that addresses some serious child abuse and foster care-related concerns.
VERDICT Strong but conflicted protagonists, each with abandonment issues, come to terms with their pasts as well as their feelings in this hard-hitting, appealingly sexy story that will have fans waiting for the next in this duology. Pope (Love Blooms) lives in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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