Sunday, July 6

Review: Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello

Title: Her Dakota Man
By: Lisa Mondello
Series: Dakota Heart #1
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She needed to risk the truth to get a second chance...

Poppy Ericksen had spent the year wondering how all their lives might have been different after hearing the deathbed confession of her childhood friend. She'd left South Dakota years ago because she couldn't bear to watch the man she loved loving another woman. But now she knows the truth. She'll keep the promise she made to a friend, but will Logan understand when he learns the truth? More important, can they again recapture the passion that had been between them all those years ago?

He needed to face the past to get the love of a woman he thought he'd lost..

Everyone knows that the Dakotas didn't get the name Badlands for nothing. Harsh weather and rough living are a way of life. But single dad, Logan McKinnon, had seen more than his share of bad times after the death of his wife a year ago. The last thing he needs is Poppy Ericksen, an old flame and his late wife's best friend, showing up unannounced to help after devastating floods nearly washed away their hometown. With no place to stay in town, he has no choice but to offer her a bed at his house. But can he live under the same roof with a woman he'd once loved passionately without feeling he's betraying his late wife?

I was really captured by this story and I didn’t quite expect to be.  Poppy comes home to help out her old town, after a horrible flood reeked havoc on it.  More specifically, she comes home to help Logan, her old friend and teenage crush.  The first meeting started a little rocky and continues to be rocky until all the truth (and there is a lot of truth) and passion explodes from these two characters.

The other secondary characters were pretty great.  Keith (more on him later), and all of Logan’s brothers (who I really hope make more appearances in the rest of the series) kept the tension light and fun.  

Keith, Logan’s son, was insanely adorable.  I could see a four year old acting just the way that Mondello wrote his character.  Plus, Keith put this cuter edge onto the story with his adorableness.  It was nice that Poppy had already won over Keith through the weekly phone calls so it was quite easy for them to click into a sweet role together.  However, watching her work at winning over Logan is a whole other story.

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