Review: A Husband By New Year's
Entangled Press/Bliss
November 2017
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  B+
REVIEW: Once again we visit the McClendon family in A HUSBAND BY NEW YEAR’S. This time, author, Sean D. Young features Renee McClendon, the last single McClendon sister. Renee has made a bet with frenemy, Julia that she will have a man by New Year’s that meets all the traits of her ‘perfect’ man that she has written in her journal. Mind you, there are no prospects at the time of the bet.

One year after that bet and after dating a number of losers, Renee is wondering if her ‘perfect’ man exists. Just in the nick of time, the hero, Patrick Dunlap enters Renee’s life after one of her dates from hell. It becomes clear, as the story progresses, that the old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is very appropriate to describe the budding relationship between Renee and Patrick. By all appearances, Patrick is employed as a chauffeur, but there is more to this young man than meets the eye. Will Renee revisit her perfect man list? Can Patrick meet Renee’s standards despite his occupation? Well, friends, you will have to read the book to find the answers to those questions.

Along with the main plot that involves the heroine and hero, there is a a sub-plot that is at work in this novel. The family dynamic plays an important role in this story. Renee is a sibling in a vibrant, close-knit family. Along with her parents, the McClendon crew includes three other sisters and one brother. One of her sisters, Patrice, the heroine of
BE MY VALENTINE (Book #3) is having a crisis, and the sisters rally around her. Although Patrick’s family is much smaller (father, James and brother, Robert) there is a lot of drama and unresolved issues that they face. The problems revealed in both families lend credibility to the storyline.

A HUSBAND BY NEW YEAR’S is an enjoyable read, and I recommend it.

26th February 2017 |