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Review: Esmeralda and the Second-Hand Suitor by Hebby Roman

Series: Snowbirds, #2
Publisher: Estrella Publishing
Published: March 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 168

As I have become woman of a certain age, (*cough* over 40 *cough*), many of the problems of women in their twenties no longer relate to me. I find myself drawn to more mature characters, though good luck trying to find them. I was intrigued when I stumbled across the first book in a series by a new to me author, Catalina and the Winter Texan. The male on the cover had gray in his hair. I was like "What?!" So of course, I had to take a closer look. Both protagonists are widowed, and not sure about taking a second chance on love, and a possible long distance one at that. It was a quick read, and I gave it 3 stars and posted a quick review on goodreads and amazon. Imagine my surprise when the author wrote me and offered me the next book. Obviously I said yes.

We met Esmeralda and Hank in the first book, and they were minor secondary characters.  In this book, we see those same scenes, now through their eyes. I do believe that this book would work as a stand alone if you aren't interested in the first one.

There was quite a bit of tension based on Esme's inexperience in relationships and the dating world. Additionally, Hank wasn't really looking to settle down, so much as a find someone who would enjoy doing the same things he enjoys doing. Misunderstandings and differences in culture, added even more tension to this book.  This book had a richer and deeper tone than the first, mainly I believe due to Hank being a more flawed character than the male protagonist from the first book.

I appreciated the realistic issues that were addressed for the more mature audience I believe it is targeted toward. I enjoyed this read and will happily stick around for the next book.  I gave this 3 stars.

The author provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

What’s a forty-year-old virgin doing in a predicament like this? Looking for a husband but not because she wants one. Shy and inexperienced, Esmeralda Garcia is terrified to be dating and would rather stay at home with her three cats. But her late father’s will decrees she must marry within three years or forfeit her orchard, her only means of support.

Hank McCall, as a romantic prospect, leaves a great deal to be desired. Twice divorced and older than Esmeralda, he wants to enjoy his semi-retirement and avoid being entangled in a long-term relationship again.

Scarred by their pasts and challenged by the gap in their ages, Esmeralda and Hank struggle with their mutual attraction and growing affection. When Hank is faced with losing Esmeralda or surrendering to her yearning to have a real family, their fates hang in the balance.
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