Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review: For Love or Money by Tara Taylor Quinn

For Love or Money

by Tara Taylor Quinn

Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook & print, 384 pages
August 1, 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Family Secrets #1


She can't afford to lose this…or him

There's no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks…and definitely her attention. As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can't afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.




My Thoughts

Family Secrets is a cooking competition that's family-oriented. This opportunity gave Janie Young a chance to give her son a bright future. And for Dr. Burke Carter, it's a chance to be someone that Kelsey can be proud of.

Janie is a young single mother with a Down Syndrome son. Her love for him pushed him to enter the Family Secrets competition. Her ex-husband was a difficult man when she asked him for child support money. He kept blaming her for the "mistake" to keep Dawson. He didn't want kids but to have a "different" kid made him embarassed. I dislike him from the very first. A guy who is embarassed with his child is not a good man. At least Janie got her friends that cared about her and Dawson. They were true friends.

Dr. Burke Carter had a difficult time understanding his teen daughter. He loved her so much but he felt that sometimes it's not enough. Kelsey didn't have the same cheerfulness anyomore and he was willing to do anything to make her happy. So when she saw a cooking competition, she wanted him to be a part of it. But deep inside he was afraid that if he failed this one, his daughter would depression. He will do anything in his power to put back the beautiful smile in her face.

Burke had a dream about the woman in the competition since the session in Thanksgiving. He wanted to get to know her but it didn't seem right since she was his opponent. His daughter believed they were going to win so there was nothing wrong with helping them to ease the pain of losing the competition later. He never expected that she would be the woman who understood him completely. Their small talks turned into deep conversation that they looked forward every day.

I've been a supporter of the two in the competition and it was very difficult to decide which one was going to win and who deserved it more. No one deserved happiness more than they were.

Kelsey adored Dawson. It was so beautiful seeing them together. I can't even describe how amazing she was. It was rare in this world that someone can be loving to the different ones. Too bad that Burke has a lack of interaction with Dawson. I knew that he would be a wonderful father though.

The plot was engaging and the characterization was superb.

A story of second chance for these two single parents with unexpected twist and complex personalities. A wonderful start for this series!

Recommended. 


About the Author

The author of more than 75 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over seven million copies sold. She is known for delivering intense, emotional fiction. Tara has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. To keep in touch, and have chances for free reads and other goodies, join her mailing list here: http://tarataylorquinn.com/recipe.html

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