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HERE TO STAY by Catherine Anderson
Copyright: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Signet
Series: Coulter/Kendrick/Harrigan Series #12
Source: Received ARC from Publisher

Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood — an abusive father, a mother who left, and a younger brother, Luke, who depended on her when she was just a child herself. Now twenty-eight, Mandy remains devoted to Luke and feels responsible for the accident that took his sight. When she meets handsome Zach Harrigan and his mini guide horse, she thinks she’s found the ticket to her brother’s happiness — and maybe her own.

Of the five Harrigan siblings, Zach is the hellion who parties hard and takes nothing seriously. But lately his life has felt empty. So, employing his skills as a horseman, he begins training a mini guide horse for the blind, never expecting that the project will lead him to beautiful, tenderhearted Mandy. She’s everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. But though she’s charmed by Zach’s patience and compassion, she can’t bring herself to fully trust him. And when Zach urges her to confront the truth about her mother’s disappearance, the secrets they uncover are so shocking that even Zach’s steadfast devotion may not be enough to win Mandy’s heart.

Read more like a General Fiction book than a Romance Book. Story was more focused on the relationship of the heroine and her 19 year old blind brother than it was on the heroine and the hero. Am really sad to say that as I used to love Catherine Anderson’s books but the last few have just not done it for me. Find them boring at times and the romance between the characters taking a back seat to whatever “issues” are going on in the book.

Also, not that I have anything against praying but I noticed God and praying was mentioned several times throughout the book. At one time, during a discussion of praying, I found myself checking the spine to make sure it wasn’t labeled Christian Fiction and I had somehow missed it. I’m not one for CF books…find them too preachy at times and that’s not what I want in the books I read.

The brother was a brat. That’s all I can say about him. A spoiled brat. Yes, he was blind but that he refused to help himself and made his sister do everything for him because he wanted to “control her” just made me want to take a bat to him. There was nothing good about the messed up relationship they had.

The heroine was a wuss. She let him get away with too many things without calling him out on it.

The only redeeming quality about this book was the hero. He made this book for me.

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    3 Responses to “Review: HERE TO STAY by Catherine Anderson”



    1. Ali
      January 17
      3:15 pm

      Ugh, I hate when a romance novel ends up being more WF… I’m not a big fan of those.
      Thanks for the review :)



      S




    2. azteclady
      January 19
      12:11 pm

      I used to love Catherine Anderson’s books but the last few have just not done it for me. Find them boring at times and the romance between the characters taking a back seat to whatever “issues” are going on in the book.

      This, exactly this!

      It made me quite sad, but I stopped reading her when I took a look at the second twin vet brother (Tucker? I forget…) and there was all this emphasis on the heroine’s religious beliefs. Yes, I’m sure it’s a huge part of many people’s life, but it was what put finis to my relationship with Ms Anderson’s next releases.



      S




    3. Teresa
      February 7
      12:27 pm

      I don’t mind the religious aspects on CA books. But when I buy a novel I plan to read… a novel.

      I’m through half book and already considering not finishing it. And even with a glance to the end of the book – something I do in every book I read – didn’t help as they will take the horse to the church. That’s too much for me.

      Zach is boring, she’s hopeless boring and if I want S&M I’ll choose the genre not Catherine Anderson.

      By far her worse so far… people should know how to quit when they reach this point.



      S



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