“He’s not a friend, he’s my husband. And he’s gone.”
En route to Salt Lake City, intending to start over, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah—and then Tony leaves Kora behind.
Alone, broken and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in it’s art-centered transformation.
But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once.
For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.
Not that I don't appreciate the very adult romance novels we normally review, but Helping Helper was a breath of fresh air. With a well paced plot and characters you don't mind hanging around with, it is an all round good read with enough romance to keep things interesting. I always appreciate an author who can put as much passion into a grazing touch as a super steamy scene, which Tara C. Allred manages well.
New beginnings are rarely clean or straightforward, and Allred doesn't take it easy on her heroine. We get to see the full cycle of grief, exploration, forgiveness and growth. The romance genre sometimes forgets the finer points of relationships and relationship building. It's not all "I've never felt like this before." Sometimes, it's "OMG, I have felt just like this before, and it's terrifying." From that perspective, I found Helping Helper very satisfying.
There were only a handful of times I was removed from the story namely anytime a silk shirt is mentioned or anytime I looked at the title. I try not to judge a book by it's cover, but ever since Jon McLaughlin's Promising Promises I have been averse to the present participle / noun combination.
OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - Strictly PG-13
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tara C. Allred is writer of fiction whose previous works have won several awards including as a finalist for the Kindle book awards.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR
You can contact Tara through her website at taracallred.net.