He Loves Me He Loves Me Not by Kathryn Keller

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Kathryn Keller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (186 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Quince

After Stacey Granger discovers Ian, the man she is about to marry, is cheating on her, she calls off their wedding and vows not to trust another man anytime soon. But when her father hires Cole Madigan to help him operate his floundering construction company, attraction blossoms between Cole and Stacey and she begins to live again.

As a former employee of Ian’s, blackballed by him and unable to find work, Cole is determined to restore his reputation. Confronted by the firm’s mounting problems, Cole and Stacey fight side-by-side to keep the business afloat after her father suffers a heart attack.

Then Ian returns admitting he made a mistake, wanting back into Stacey’s life, warning her that Cole is a womanizer and intent on taking over the business for himself. Stacey wonders if she can trust either man, or if she is just a bad judge of character about to have her heart broken again.

A feisty heroine, two guys and one ex-wife /ex-girlfriend —  that can all be very complicated and interesting at the same time. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not had all of that and it sounded like a promising story.

It started good and intriguing, the heroine and hero meet but they did not get on well at first. But as the story progressed it seemed that the emphasis was put more on the heroine’s relationship with her ex fiancé and her father, while the relationship with the hero was happening in the background. Because of that, the whole romance seemed a bit rushed.

On the other hand when the relationship between the hero and heroine was the main focus, they spent their time in an “I love to hate you” trope. That became a bit repetitive after a while because I really couldn’t figure out why the heroine disliked and mistrusted the hero so much.

The story did not leave me indifferent though.  On the contrary and regardless of the issues that caught my attention, there was something in the story that had me enjoying it. For example, although I did not always understand the heroine’s actions I cheered for her and I was happy when she made right choices and when she saw through the villain’s schemes. I was happy that the hero found the way to the heroine’s heart and that all ended well.

Although He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not  was a bit predictable, I enjoyed it. The story flowed nicely, it had a good plot and a satisfying ending that matched the character’s personalities. I had fun reading it. Because I did find enjoyment, for me, that was enough to recommend it to those readers who reach for contemporary romances.

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