Review: IRRESISTIBLE by Susan Mallery

In Irresistible by Susan Mallery, Walker Buchanan has just moved into his new apartment.  After years of being in the Marines,  Walker wants nothing but peace and quiet.  Then he meets his new neighbor, Elissa Towers,  a single mom struggling to make ends meet.  Both of them keep telling themselves that they are just friends,  but things keep getting heated between them with stolen kisses. Will these two commitment – phobes admit that something is going on?

73068I thought the first book in this series was awesome but this book manages to top it! We get to see all of the Buchanan siblings and of course nasty Gloria with concurrent story lines. The chemistry between Walker and Elissa is hot and their story is well thought out. One of the overriding themes of this book and series is family. What makes a family? Mallery showcases the unconditional love of families,  the devotion between siblings, as well as the arguments between families that are part of living.

Mallery had me tearing up towards the end of the book. In one scene, Zoe, Elissa’ s young daughter is talking with Walker about her father,  a no good dead beat dad that she has never met. Walker tells Zoe that any man can be a father but only a daddy can love a child. Then he tells Zoe that he is her daddy. When Elissa tries to correct Walker, he remains firm that he is Zone ‘ s daddy.

Another story line is the reunion of Elissa with her family. Elissa had ran away years ago to LA following a boyfriend and had not had contact with her family in years. A lot of authors would have been tempted to gloss over the reality of what it means to be estranged. Mallery plunges into the topic and we get to see the anger and grief both sides experienced.

This series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I’ve already put the third book on hold at the library and I’m waiting impatiently for it to come in. If you read the first book in the series, you definitely need to read this one (with a box of tissues nearby!).

Reviewed by Candy

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About the Book:

Title: Irresistible (The Buchanans, #2)

Author: Susan Mallery

Release Date: July 1, 2006

Publisher: Harlequin

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Borrowed from Library

Book Summary:

It wasn’t just her homemade brownies that made Walker find Elissa irresistible . . .

When ex-marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it’s just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she’s just returning the favor . . . right?

Both of them have sworn off dating — Elissa’s determined to protect her little girl, and that means ditching her taste for dangerous men . . . especially former marines with dark secrets. Walker knows that he’s not cut out for hearth and home . . . his own crazy family made sure of that. But the sparks won’t stop flying between them.

Now the two are struggling to keep their relationship “just friends,” but with every kiss, their rules fly out the window . . .

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