Single parent Elias Kohlerís worst nightmare has just come
true - his three-year-old son, TJ, is missing from their new
home and neither he nor his eight-year-old daughter, Jodie,
have any idea where TJ is. Before he can call the police, TJ
is returned home by neighbor Cory Turner, who has enthralled
both TJ and Elias with her beauty, kindness and smart-alecky
personality. Although charmed by energetic TJ, Cory is
reluctant to act on her attraction to Elias and unwilling to
upset a hostile (and likely jealous) Jodie. Cory is not
looking for a ready-made family, no matter how cute the bait.
But she didnít count on Eliasí sheer determination to break
down her barriers.
The heat is on with these two and
it couldnít have happened to a better couple. Cory is no
pushover, but Elias sure knows how to push all of Coryís
buttons in the bedroom. And Elias goes straight into alpha
mode when Cory knowingly sasses him. I just love it when that
happens. I really enjoyed how TJ and Jodie were portrayed as
real kids, not just small adults, and their presence (and
actions) led to several humorous events. The Sweetest
Taboo touches on several topics with a deft hand Ė
interracial dating, single parenthood, and indirectly, drug
abuse. My only quibble is that the picture of Coryís hair
doesnít match the description in the book, but other than
that, this is one taboo I can get into.
Although not a direct book in the
Redemption series, The Sweetest Taboo does
contain characters from the series, namely Sammy from
Stevenís Redemption. Ms. Andrews and Ms. Matthews
have written another fantastic story, and I hope they plan on
writing a story for the eldest Turner sister, Nichelle.