Friday, March 30, 2012

First Time Lucky? - Natalie Anderson

 I'm not kidding, I chuckled throughout reading First Time Lucky?, up until the end and then the tears came.  Natalie Anderson has an amazing writing style  which brings humour, warmth and depth; breathing life into her characters.

First Time Lucky?  Was no different.  Two opposites attract and this sexy New Zealand sports doctor who broke away from generations of wealth in the farming community.  Gabe pursued a medical and went against his family wishes for him to one day take over.    Gabe Hollingworth was on a leave of absence from dating as his last relationship ended up with the woman he was dating, moving into his home while he was out of the country.  In the end, she went  "crazy" and her family had to be called in.  The last thing he wanted was to meet and get serious about anyone.  He decided to move out of his home and went in search of something to lease and that's when he found "The Tree house" and Roxie.  Little did he know his life was about to change. 

With the money Roxie received in advance from Gage, she bought some new underwear and had highlights put into her hair and tried out for the rugby dance team.  Her ability was immediately realized, she was hired and on her first day, stung by a bee.  On top of that, she had a reaction, not just to the bee but to the team physician.  You guessed it, Gabe Hollingworth, her tenant.  You're going to die laughing this particular, especially reading how uncomfortable Gage became and how she also reacted to him as well.

You will absolutely fall in love with Roxie.  The young woman her mother gave up, who was raised by her grandparents.  Who was so indebted to her "Grands" for their love and care that she gave up her teenage years and then some to take care of them both until they died.  Yes she had had one boyfriend but was completely but had no experience with men.  Her goal was to rent her home, "The Tree house" and go overseas and see the world.  However, first she had to get her home ready which meant she needed to stay in New Zealand for awhile.  With a back ground in ballet, she tried out for the rugby dance team, got a position immediately but not before getting a bee string and having a reaction.  That's how Gabe and Roxie met and the "bee string" brought me to my knees, I laughed so much.  I could just feel the tension between them.

Gabe rented "The Tree house" and with that money, Roxie would be set free to see the world, so to speak.  However, not before their lives got tangled, both professionally and personally.  They danced around each other, teased and in the end fell into each other's arms.  It became complicated, confusing and emotional.   Add this this, the only home she ever knew, "The Tree house", the place where they made love, over and over, foundation was in jeopardy.  Both Roxie and Gabe's, emotions were just like that foundation, teetering and emotions ran high when he finally had to let her go.

First  Time Lucky?  Is a romance you absolutely won't want to miss.  The characters are warm and engaging with a beautiful ending to a most "perfect" romance, thanks to Natalie Anderson.

Book Description:

She needed…sexperience!


Forced to grow up too quickly, Roxie skipped too many all-important "firsts." Now, armed with a six-point checklist, she's ready to get going—starting with the big one—losing her "V" plates! A hunky doctor, Gabe Hollingworth, has moved in next door. He's a one-night-only pro—and smoking-hot! Perhaps he could help her out…?

Only, Gabe wants to be more than just another tick on her "to-try" list! He sets Roxie a challenge he's sure she can't accept: walking away from their insane chemistry….


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