Firefighter Daddy-Lee McKenzie
Harlequin American, Aug 2010, $4.99
Widower Mitch Donovan is a single dad who would do anything for his daughter Miranda as both cope with the tragic death of the woman in their lives. A dedicated San Francisco firefighter, Mitch has no plans for any other woman in his life besides his child and his mom Betsy Evans.
Schoolteacher Sonora “Rory” Pennington-Borland is known as “Miss Sunshine” by her students. Mitch’s daughter is in her class and Rory happens to be his mom’s tenant. They meet when his stuttering daughter introduces her daddy her hero to her class. Total opposites, Mitch and Rory are attracted to one another. However, she likes being a free spirit and is unsure she wants the responsibility of a child and he is unsure he can move on passed his wife’s death.
This is an enjoyable contemporary romance with a strong charming cast. Although the coincidence of his daughter’s teacher renting a room in his mom’s Victorian is doubtful, no one will care after the initial reaction. Lee McKenzie disaffirms Mark Twain’s comment: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco as fans will feel the tenderness of different relational types of love by the matchmaking of the bread generations of their sandwiched beloved male with the teacher-renter.