I love everything that Mary Jo Putney Writes. As she says in her Author's Note, domestic violence is wrong, wrong. wrong. It's the story and the way Kate and Donovan face themselves and their problems that make this a great story and a wonderful read! I could not put this book down! Learning about the demolition business was exciting also. There is great chemistry and passion in this story not to mention SPARKS.
Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family's world famous explosive demolition business, a wish her father denied her. After he died Kate inherited his fortune and her ex-husband inherited the business, but only if they lived together under the same roof for a year.
This is the first Mary Jo Putney book and I'm really it is a contemporary instead of historical. I'm a little tired of regency books which Mary Jo has written many on. This book dealt with a very sensitive topic, domestic violence, and provides a good arc on the two leads. The suspense part was very good and I look forwrd to more of MJP's contemporary books.
Known for her historical romances (The Wild Child, etc.), Putney successfully moves into contemporary fiction. Kate Corsi and Patrick Donovan, divorced 10 years ago, are reunited by the death of Kate's father, Sam, who was killed in an explosion at work. The Corsi family company, Phoenix Demolition, takes pride in its spotless accident record, and Sam's death is suspicious. His will leaves the business to his former son-in-law, on the condition that Donovan and Kate live under the same roof for one year. If Kate refuses, the company will be sold. Forbidden by her father to work for the company, Kate now has her chance to work at Phoenix. But can she work and live in such close proximity to the ex-husband she seems to both love and fear? This passionate love story unravels gradually, in trademark Putney style. The author has created a realistic, well-crafted story, laced with elements of suspense and mystery and featuring sympathetic protagonists whose biggest mistake was marrying too young. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
This is Putney's first contemporary novel, a riveting story of the ties that bind two people together - and the forces that can tear them apart. Kate Corsi and her ex-husband Donovan inherit the family business - but only if they stay together to for one year.
This is Mary Jo Putney's first novel set in contemporary times.
Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family's world-famous explosive demolition business-a wish her old-fashioned father denied her until the day he died. According to his will, Kate will receive a fortune, while her ex-husband, Donovan, will inherit the family business--but only if they agree to live under the same roof for one year.
Forced into a tentative alliance, Kate and Donovan must discover the truth about her father's death--and confront the past that almost destroyed them both. And as they face all their shattered dreams, their wrenching secrets and bitter resentments, they find themselves sliding perilously toward the burning point where passion catches fire once more ... Several people work in the demolition company, which is family-owned. Each employe or family member wants to be valued for their contributions to this business.
This was one of the best book I have read. I still remember the story. I have read hundreds over the last 30 years. The descriptions in the story really make you think you are there. I have always felt that this would make a great movie. I need to get this again and revisit. I never reread. This is one book that I will make an exception for. GREAT READ.