ONCE A GOOD GIRL
When One Night Isn’t Enough, Book 1
WENDY S. MARCUS
Rating: 4 Cups
Seventeen-year-old Victoria Forley is seduced by the man she loves, Kyle Karlinsky. Her father files rape charges and makes a deal: Kyle can either go to jail or disappear. So Kyle leaves town. She’s pregnant and considered a disgrace to her father and his important friends. He disowns her, cutting her off from her dream of becoming a doctor. She struggles to get through nursing school, all the while working part time and raising her son, Jake.
Kyle turns his life around. After an auto accident, he rooms with Fig, who becomes his best friend and role model. He quits his wild lifestyle and gains scholarships. His rich friend’s family helps him get a PhD in Physical Therapy.
Nine years later, Victoria and Kyle run into each other while he is applying for a job at their local hospital where she is trying to become the head nurse. His therapy dog, Tori, named after her, is working with patients who need motivation during their recovery. Sparks fly—both sensual and resentful. Kyle learns he has a son, Jake, who knows about him and kisses his picture each night. Jake is thrilled that his father is here now and that he does not have to wait until he is sixteen to look for him.
It is a bumpy road back to being together. Victoria’s fears, not to mention her phobias about her short stature and her trust issues, are resolved more conveniently than realistically. Still, parts of this book are really true to life —such as how they mature into the adults they were meant to be. Kyle’s bonding with Jake and dealing with past traumas is believable, except for the speed with which it happens. I recommend this romance despite a little early skepticism.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More