- Loose Id
- Release Date
- February 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance
Creigh and Dean De Luca have perfected the art of living Happily Even After. With a new baby and two rambunctious preteens, life in the De Luca household is never dull...or quiet, which doesn't leave the two lovebirds much time to be alone.
Their love for one another is stronger than ever. Their love life on the other hand has seen better days. Sex has become routine and predictable, and more often than not is nothing more than a quickie between late night feedings.
Unwilling to let the spark go out of their relationship a second time, Dean goes all out for Valentine's Day. He's booked the best room the city has to offer, he's ordered Creigh's favorite wine and he's made one rule. For the next twenty-two hours her body belongs solely to him.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Spanking.
Mar 11, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
271 people found the following review helpful
How many of you face this scenario? You and your partner have everything that you could possibly need - a home, family and a sustainable career. You were also given a second chance to work things out, but one day you realize that you no longer have time for each other.
Well, our protagonists are caught in this dilemma. Dean De Luca works long hours at a family-owned bar. His wife Creigh is busy as well at her flower shop and taking care of their three children. Finding time to be alone as a couple is a daily challenge and brings strain to their love life.
This novel is the sequel to Happily Ever After and can stand alone. Some characters are mentioned once more but the reader won't get lost and wonder who is who and what did what. Lena Matthews has continued the romantic saga between Dean and Creigh and placed her characters in a scenario all too familiar among couples facing the responsibility of rearing children, working and seeking time for some intimacy.
Creigh is as beautiful as ever in her husband's eyes despite giving birth to three children. At times, she feels insecure about her looks but her husband keeps reminding her otherwise. Dean, on the other, is portrayed as a responsible father and husband whose love for his wife seems to increase each day. Their frustration stems from the fact that they never have enough time to be alone. The act of making love is relegated to quickies and hand jobs. This changes when Dean goes out of his way to surprise Creigh on Valentine's Day.
I like it that the author has drawn realistic characters and placed them in real situations. There is nothing false here. Creigh and Dean could be people you know - your neighbors, friends, relatives or even yourself and your partner. It wouldn't be difficult to relate to them and what they go through daily.
However, I would like to point out that the author could have added something a little extra on Dean's relationship with his growing brood. It is true that he is a responsible father but when the testosterone builds up, this makes him appear selfish and it clouds his paternal feelings. An additional scene where he takes the children out to the park or to the mall would have been great. Being a good father to your children after all is way too different from being a good husband/lover to your wife.
Now, some of the sexual situations depicted may make some readers blush. However, if one looks at them within the context of two married people showing how much they miss and love one another, everything sounds perfectly reasonable and acceptable.
STILL THE ONE is a light read. It is neither too long nor too short but filled with enough steam and romance. This book will remind readers who are in a relationship that no matter how busy life gets, couples should always find time to be with each other. At any stage in a relationship, keeping the fire burning is significant and always will be.
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