Review of THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Kara Lennox (see her website)
Harlequin American Romance # 990, October 2003
Hudson Stack doesn't want a vacation, he's sure he doesn't need a vacation but when his boss tells him to take one or lose his job, millionaire surgeon Hudson decides to comply--even when his boss suggests a small-town fishing trip with just Hudson and his daughter. Fishing is all very well, but beautiful neighbor Amanda Galloway sees nothing but a high-potential bum. She can't understand why Hudson won't even try to get a job, won't do something to better himself. Of course Hudson does nothing to end the confusion--and let Amanda know that she's falling for Boston's most eligible bachelor.
Amanda Dewhurst started with no advantages. Still, she's supported herself and even paid for her younger brother's college. She knows that you can succeed if you put your heart to it and work. She simply can't understand how Hudson can waste his potential. Still, when Hudson manages to persuade her to relax, she can start to see the appeal of spending time with a real family. At least Hudson really does love his daughter. When she learns that there is no mother in the picture, Amanda's imagination sees herself in that role--but dare she risk everything she's built to fall in love with a man like her father--a man of dreams but with no substance?
Author Kara Lennox (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Lennox) delivers a completely enjoyable tale. Both Amanda and Hudson have to find a balance in their lives, but each resists it to the max. Even when the truth comes out, the two know that they can never really be right for one another--she's small-town Texas and he's big-city Boston. Still, Lennox makes you care for the characters and keep your fingers crossed for a way to make it work.
Lennox adds just enough humor to give THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR an enjoyable spice and a hint of adventure to keep the pages turning. It's a heart-warming story by one of Harelquin American's top wirters.
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