Recently, I have been come across more and more romances where one or both of the main characters are single parents. I am not going to lie, it does take some getting used to. Fans of scandalous, tawdry and sexually charged reads may find these stories to be too tame for them and that's okay. My personal opinion is that stories like Tequila and Tingles are more true to life. Parenthood is more realistic for many because it is a relatable subject that affects society worldwide. Children also add a different dynamic. With a child life becomes more about taking care of their needs as well as the needs of the parent.
Tequila and Tingles is about finding the balance between parenthood and love. Keri Ford takes a look at love through the eyes of a cynical single mom. Beth is woman determined to protect her children, keep her head held high and not let anyone too close. One liquor induced night brings shame, embarrassment and a cloudy memory.
With this novel Ms. Ford had me choked up with laughter and presented a sympathetic look at the turmoil faced by a person burned by love.
Love doesn’t hang around in the shallow end. You have to dive deep for it.
No respectable single mom wakes up in a stranger’s hotel room with no memory of what happened the night before. When Beth does just that, she willingly takes the walk—more like a sprint—of shame, rather than face her humiliation.
Then Mr. One Night Stand turns out to be Mr. New Swim Coach to her five-year-old daughter. Holding her head high and pretending nothing happened seems like a good plan.
Olympic gold medalist Jason Johnson plans to stay in Turtle Pine just long enough to recharge his batteries. But Beth and her painfully shy little girl touch something in the depths of his soul. Besides, he needs to return Beth’s shoes without inciting small-town gossip—and tell her the truth about that night.
Beth can’t deny she’s attracted, but she’s not just guarding her own heart. She’s guarding her children’s hearts as well. If Jason captures them only to walk away, the pain he’ll leave in his wake could be more than she can handle.
Warning: Contains an Olympic swimmer who’s got his strokes down to a science, and a single mom who’s seriously considering jumping into the deep end.
Turtle Pine, Book 2 / Tequila shots 1, Beth Revlin 0.