- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (Dec 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380807890
- ISBN-13: 978-0380807895
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,739,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eli worries about his daughter Grace who survived the car accident that killed her mother. He knows he was a negligent father, hardly spending any time with his ten-year old child. Now she lives with him. He hopes that Liza's dance class will help Grace recover from all her recent traumas.
When Liza and Eli meet, an electro-chemical reaction of major magnitude occurs. As they fall in love, she struggles with demons from her past and he battles in-laws over custody of Grace. Thus, a lasting relationship seems not likely to happen.
YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU is an enjoyable contemporary romance that will thrill fans of the sub-genre. The story line is crisp, loaded with emotion that rarely eases up, and filled with love. Lizsa is a wonderful female lead and though Eli seems perfect as an intelligent huggable hunk, his flaws come through loud and clear via Grace. The support cast, especially Grace, provides the extra impetus needed to make readers want more novels like this angst-laden tale.
I liked the interaction with his daughter the best.
I read in another review that they thought this book had chemistry, I personally did not see it. The characters and author TOLD me there was chemistry between them, but somehow I missed it. I guess it is a good thing the author kept reminding me that they had it. Another thing, I did not find Eli particularly charming, he did not seem to care much about Liza or anything that affected her. It was vaguely reminscent of early romances where the woman was just so grateful for the guys attention that she put up with alot of crud.
I found several technical mistakes, right off the bat Eli thinks to himself that he is upset that his friend misrepresented Liza as dowdy. His friend was to find a dance instructor for his daughter who just lost the mother, her custodial parent in a car wreck. The friend has researched Liza. In the next chapter, or maybe paragraph he is mentioning how he felt attracted to her from the moment he saw her dance 3 weeks ago. Which is it? This was in the 2nd chapter, so it started to lose me right away.
The book was very repetitive. It was not a bad book, but I was glad I picked this up in the used book store on 10% off day. If you would like a fun romance to read, try "Catch of the Day" by Janet Evanick. That was cute, or one of Nina Bangs, hers are usually pretty amusing.