In McGillivray's Bed: The McGillivrays of Pelican Cay by Anne McAllister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of those books that reminds me why I read category (Harlequin/Silhouette) romances. It was a quick, good, light breath of fresh air romance read. The author managed to tell an involving love story that I could read in a couple hours and feel that I got my money's worth, without sacrificing character depth.
Sydney is running away from her life as her executive father's dogsbody and protege, especially when she is expected to marry the CEO of his electronics company aboard a cruise. She jumps into the ocean and ends up getting reeled in by a scruffy fisherman. It turns out the fisherman is actually Hugh McGillivray, who is former Navy man, and now tries to live as laid back a life as possible.
Hugh didn't expect to catch a woman when he was fishing on his day off. Little does he know how much this woman will change his life. He thought he wanted to continue his carefree bachelor ways, but Sydney brings organization and light into his life, filling the hole that was left when his long-time unrequited love reunites with and marries the father of her daughter. He's played the field and enjoyed his bachelorhood since then, ignoring his deep desire for a wife and family. Hugh can't help falling for Sydney, but he knows this executive daughter will eventually get bored with island life and him. He doesn't believe that Sydney is determined to stay. Sydney wants everything that Hugh has to offer, but his resistance makes her think he doesn't have the capacity to love her, even if he does have a reluctant desire for her.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought Hugh and Sydney had great chemistry. I liked how Sydney was very orderly and organized. She turned Hugh's chaotic bungalow into a cheery home, and turned her financial and business know-how on the local businesses and community. Sydney seemed to know her mind, and what she wanted out of life, even if it was very different from her previous world. Hugh's fears about not being good enough for Sydney felt realistic, considering that he had spent years in love with a friend who didn't love him back. He was a very nice guy, and Sydney was a nice woman. This is a couple whose love story that I had the pleasure of seeing come to fruition.
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