Review: Winning Her Love
WINNING HER LOVE - Harmony Evans
Harlequin Kimani Romance
PRINT | EBOOK
May 2015
CATEGORY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Janet Caldwell | RATING: B
REVIEW: Vanessa Hamilton returns to her hometown, assumes the family business and meticulously proceeds to rebuild her life devoid of male drama. That is until her childhood playmate-turned-handsome Mayor invites her to spearhead his bid for reelection to a second term.

Vanessa returns to Bay Point, California to run the flower shop that was previously owned by her mother and grandmother and escape the world of sex, money and power in Los Angeles. She is content in her paradise of blooms, harboring a secret which is privy only to her family.

Gregory Langston is the youngest and first African American mayor of Bay Point.  He hails from a prominent local family and rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, he embarks on a thankless career in politics. After handily winning election to his first term, he senses more opposition to his reelection due to his proposed revitalization plan for Bay Point - namely his plan to demolish the 100 year old carousel located in the center of downtown.

Vanessa and Gregory are a complex couple that raised many unanswered questions.  Vanessa is hesitant to accept Gregory’s offer to manage his reelection campaign for fear of repeating past mistakes.  Gregory’s family dynamics cloud his judgment about future plans for Bay Point making him hesitant to agree to the one thing that will convince Vanessa to join his campaign.  Harmony Evans, is skimpy on background details for our main characters. Several storylines weave through this novel, but don’t quite converge at the end, leaving the reader speculating about their purpose or resolution.  Additional clarifying details would have enhanced my appeal of this story.

WINNING HER LOVE is the first installment in Evans’ Bay Point Confessions series.  As an aging resort community needing revitalization, Bay Point is the ideal setting.  Our main characters are believable and produce just enough heat to complement the storyline. This is the first novel I have read by this relatively new author.  I enjoyed her relaxed and sometimes humorous writing style, but craved more substance in the story.  If future offerings fill-in the void left by this one, the series has the potential to be one I could enjoy.

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