Review: Roark
ROARK - A. C. Arthur
Artistry Publishing
BUY
May 2020
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Cheryl McNeil | RATING: Coming Soon
REVIEW: In ROARK, Book #2 of the Donovan Dynasty Series, Roark Donovan is dealing with his Mother, Maxine Donovan’s untimely death. In the midst of this he has a mysterious visitor to Dynasty manor, his families B & B. Tamika Rayder is visiting her Mother in England, where she has been since Tamika’s father, Lemuel Rayder passed away. There seems to be a connection between Maxine Donovan and Lemuel Rayder. Tamika is determined to figure it out and she needs Roark’s help, but is he willing to come to her aide?

Tamika thought Roark was jerk, albeit a very sexy, good looking one, when they first met. From Roark’s standpoint he is trying to figure out Tamika’s angle, while at the same time trying not to react to what his body is telling him. He just couldn’t stop staring at her. These two are forced together by a situation that can’t be coincidental, and the story progresses from there.

I liked Ms. Arthur’s reference to Roark’s father, the late Gabe Donovan, and how he made sure his sons knew they were meant to be Kings and could be whatever they wanted. That’s exactly how Roark carries himself. There’s nothing more appealing than a confident man who takes immediate action. Roark takes charge when Tamika needs it most but he also takes a step back to make sure she’s comfortable. The physical attraction is strong and I enjoyed how their interest for each other plays out. Ms. Arthur’s development of story is also in line with the romantic suspense theme.

From the time they met, there was an easy banter between Roark and Tamika, almost like a tennis match. They are what each other needs during such a stressful time for both of them. Being with each other became therapeutic with everything going on with their families and they were able to connect over a short period of time. The question, is can this connection be maintained?

The Donovan Family is large so Ms. Arthur provide a lot of detail in the beginning to remind readers of the characters. There are plenty of opportunities to focus on supporting characters and set the stage for future books. As the matriarch of the family, Aunt Birdie is not to be played with. It doesn’t matter what’s going on, when Aunt Birdie talks, everyone listens.
ROARK is a good continuing of the series and I recommend it.

7th July 2020 | romcol@caribsurf.com
(B+)