Bruce Kelly has spent most of his life helping people who are down on their luck, guiding them toward making better lives. Compassionate and kind, Bruce understands that everyone makes mistakes, even if he's never actually done anything but color inside the lines. Nobody's perfect, but Bruce is about to meet a woman who's perfect for him. He's determined to show her that he can be trusted. And if that means proving it by being the absolute gentleman at all times, then so be it. No matter how many cold showers it takes...
Cyn Potter is a survivor, with a sassy, gallows wit and a fierce independent streak to show for it. She's used to men wanting only one thing, and this girl is no longer taking applications from big bad wolves in sheep's clothing, thank you very much, drive through please and keep on going. But Bruce Kelly is actually different. Totally hands off. Sometimes she can see a hint of fire when he looks at her, but the guy treats her with the respect she's always wanted. Maybe too much respect, because truthfully? The guy is fine. Worth taking down a few defenses for... and a few other things. And maybe somebody needs to help Bruce start over and discover just how perfect being imperfect can be...
Type: Adult Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
I really enjoyed When Bruce Met Cyn and thought it was well done but it was definitely darker and emotionally harder to read than I was expecting. Bruce and Cynthia are a very different hero and heroine, I don't think I've seen another story with this set up before. Bruce is a Preacher and rather inexperienced when it comes to women. And Cyn, well, she's a very recently ex-hooker with some severe trust issues. Not your every day combination, right?
Cyn and Bruce were both very likable individuals you can't help but respect. For someone so young she's had a very hard life but is a real fighter who will do whatever it takes to survive on her terms. Even with a considerable age difference of 15 years I thought Bruce was perfect for Cyn. What she needed most was to trust someone and see that there are good men out there that could be there for her and not take advantage of her. And Bruce? Bruce is a good man who cares passionately about others. I loved that while he was a Preacher we got to see him as a man as well. One that wasn't perfect and struggled with desires and temptations just like everyone else. It was just a lovely relationship to watch grow and change as they got to know one another, built trust and fought back against Cyn's past when it came back to haunt her.
"And so you were in here, chatting with God?"
Bruce stared at her face, studying her features in minute detail. His voice dropped to a soft, velvety whisper. "I wanted to thank Him for my many blessings."
The burning of her eyes increased. She would not cry like some ninny just because Bruce was happy. He was a devout and wonderful person who always looked to the bright side. Knowing that prompted her to say, "You're such a good man, Bruce."
"I'm a fortunate man, in many, many ways." He made a grand gesture toward the glass blocks. "It's a beautiful, sunny day, and my very own church is almost complete."
"It is shaping up. Everyone will like it."
His thumb moved to her bottom lip with a teasing, gentle touch. "Good friends surround me, and I enjoy good health."
"All things you deserve."
He smiled. "And I've been given the greatest gift of all."
He laughed, tweaked her chin. "You."
He slowly nodded. "God's given me a lot. But best of all, He's given me you." He took her mouth in a long, toe-curling, stomach-tightening kiss, and in a husky rumble: "I'll be thinking Him every day for the rest of my life."When Bruce Met Cyn really was a heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable story. The danger that Cyn's past brought back into her life was nicely done. I especially liked that I didn't see the ending coming at all. So often everything is too easily figured out along the way. But this one got a good "well, damn!" out of me. If you love Lori Foster and don't mind things a little darker from time to time this is a great read to check out. It's very unique and the characters are ones that will completely grab your heart.
Do you like unique hero/heroine pairs like this one? What's the strangest combo you've read about?