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Aug 5, 2011

Dane (The MacKenzie Brothers Quartet, #1) by Liliana Hart

Title: Dane (The MacKenzie Brothers Quartet, #1)
Author: Liliana Hart
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Publisher: Bodysways Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: 63 pgs.
Reviewed by: yadkny

Cover: 4.5
Presentation: 4.5
Editing: 3.5
Story: 3.5
Writing Ability: 3.5

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About The Book: Bad boy, Dane MacKenzie, is coming home to Surrender, Montana. It’s been ten years since he left the woman he loved behind to make a name for himself, and now he’s bound and determined to claim her once and for all.

Charlotte Munroe has no desire to welcome home the Prodigal Son with a fatted calf. The bitterness of Dane’s betrayal runs deep, and she has no plans of letting him back into her life. Especially since she’s trying to protect the son Dane isn’t aware exists. from heartbreak, since she’s sure he’s only going to walk out of their lives again.

The Review:
Dane never thought he’d step foot back in Surrender again. Nevertheless, here he is back where it all happened. A place where he experienced some of the greatest highs and lows in his life… where nothing ever changes and life moves at a slow pace… where his mother passed away and the love of his life was left behind. Now he’s back to face the small town that held so much, but one thing's for certain – he didn’t expect to see Charlotte or the wrench she threw at him.
Charlotte (Charlie) has made a decent life for both her and Jayden. Given the hand she was dealt at a very young age, she’s managed to keep it together. Her arrival back in Surrender wasn’t due to happy circumstance, but after coming home to the place she grew up, she decided to stay. It isn’t until she sees Dane that things start to fall apart. The man standing before her looks and feels familiar, but the day he walked away is still fresh. She risked her heart before on Dane and lost, but that was before someone else depended on her.
Reunited lovers are one of my favorite storylines in romance. Everything is old and familiar, yet young and new at the same time, since absence does make the heart grow fonder. Dane and Charlie are no exception, but the storyline seemed a bit heavy for so short of pages. The events and characters in the story would have been more believable had there been room for further development. I wanted to be more emotionally invested in the characters before their ultimate HEA. For a woman scorned and left to raise a child on her own for the last ten years, I would think Charlie would have had more anger and resentment toward Dane. However, the lust between them was not a problem at all, which was almost palpable from the start, so I very much enjoyed Charlie and Dane’s physical reunion.
This is the first in a quartet of books the author plans for the brothers introduced in the story. The dynamics between them was interesting and entertaining, so I look forward to seeing where each of their storylines is taken. Contemporary erotic romance readers will come for the delicious eye candy found on the cover, but be pulled in by the story.


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