Friday, October 2, 2015

Review ~ CHANGING TIDES byTamara Hoffa

Changing Tides
by: Tamara Hoffa
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2015
Source: Author

When Marine widow Monica Montgomery’s son tore his ACL sliding into home plate, the last thing she expected to find at the hospital was a second chance at love. But the six foot six orthopedic surgeon tempts her to play doctor.

Too bad her teenage daughter is hell bent on keeping the Navy Lieutenant Commander’s love boat anchored in port.

Dr. Jason Knight has patched up military men and women from Afghanistan to Okinawa. Now he faces his greatest challenge, filling the hole in the lives of this broken family.

REVIEW
Monica Montgomery is a widow, raising her three kids, with a little help from her deceased husband's parents.  Jason Knight is a Navy Orthopedic Surgeon.  The two meet when Monica's twelve-year-old son tears his ACL and has to have surgery.

I enjoyed Changing Tides.  It's a story of a blended family coming together, navigating grief, unexpected love and change.  The story is a bit of a departure from the romances I usually read.  The hero and the heroine are both over the age of forty.  That may be common, but for me, it's not.  I found it a little refreshing.  As a couple, Monica and Jason are good together.  You can tell they have fun and enjoy each other's company.  In fact, at times they acted like hormonal teenagers.  The story felt as if it could be someone's real life.

While I liked the story, I did have some issues with it.  Issue one: I think it's insane to have characters of this age who have only known each other for three weeks consciously do the horizontal dance without protection their first time.  He's a freaking doctor!!!!  This dance wasn't spur of the moment.  They weren't overcome with need.  They should know better.  Issue two: I love dirty talkers.  Jason attempts to talk dirty, but it just comes off as cheesy.  Issue three: (Spoiler or maybe not) Jason and Monica break up because of her seventeen-year-old daughter.  I appreciated Jason's reaction to the situation.  Monica was a different story.  I would like to think I would have handled things differently, but who knows.  

My biggest issue with Changing Tides is that while everything before the true conflict was revealed seemed believable, the resolution to the conflict came too quickly and felt unrealistic.  For that matter, the ending was also too quick and too easy.  It was like nothing had happened to test Monica, Jason, and the family unit at all.

Even with my issues, the story was still good.  I loved the idea of finding love when you aren't looking for it.  A hero willing to take on an immediate family, even with a snarky/rude teenager.  Tamara Hoffa continues to be one of those authors who delivers stories that draw you in and have you investing yourself in the characters.
Rating: 4

**Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

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