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Tender Loving Care [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Greene
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When tragedy strikes, Zoe Anderson finds herself in the one role she never expected to have: mother. Sharing guardianship of four-year-old twins with sexy Rafe Kirkland is a responsibility she simply cannot accept. Rafe is just going to have to take care of the boys himself.

Rafe's not prepared to be a single parent either, but deserting the children is not an option—and he's never been as attracted to a woman as he is to their godmother. He proposes a solution: Zoe and the boys will move in with him, at least until other arrangements can be made. Or until he can convince her to make their temporary family permanent.

Zoe reluctantly agrees to the plan, but even after she loses her heart to the twins, she can't possibly take that emotional risk with Rafe…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (18 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RQA76A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars expected more 25 April 2011
By Sian Louise VINE VOICE
I expected this book to be more lighthearted than it actually was.

I didnt really like the main character of Zoe too much, she was a bit whiny and she kept taking things that were said in the wrong way. Which I understand happens in a love story but it was so obvious to me what Ralf actually meant, I couldnt see how she didnt get it.
I did like Ralf but it just seemed like they were playing games between themselves, and I found it a little frustrating.
The twins boys were written brilliantly, I could imagine them and their mischief as I do know twins and she summed them up pretty well. Total monsters but adorable monsters. (Altho I dont want them lol).

I wouldnt give up with this author as I think she probably does have other books that I would enjoy so I would try another one before making an overall judgement on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender Loving Care 31 Jan 2014
By funbeindeb - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book! Jennifer Greene walks us through a tangle of emotion. Through not only insecurities about parenting, but also being a person good enough for the one they love. Sexy. Fast read because you cannot put it down!
3.0 out of 5 stars The begining of something... 2 Nov 2012
By Mary Catherine - Published on Amazon.com
Though Jennifer Greene has been writing for years, TENDER LOVING CARE was my introduction to her and I believe it to be a wonderful one.

Zoe and Rafe are two singles thrown together in the aftermath of their best friends' death and saddled with a set of twins in their toddler years. While the death of their friends is never explained (one of the few issues I had with the book, though it wasn't very essential to the plot), Zoe and Rafe come together despite only meeting once before - at the friends' wedding. Both have been named guardians to the boys (rambunctious but adorable Parker and Aaron) and need to come up with a plan. Both have jobs that are slightly dangerous and unyielding to children; he's a seismologist, she's an oceanographer working with whales.

Though the plot isn't quite original, its execution is unique with Greene's writing that is polished and seasoned. There are revelations to be made but nothing that seems too "out there" or too cliche, which is a problem some romance novels have right now. For six weeks, Zoe and Rafe decide to acclimate themselves to the children, spending three weeks in Rafe's Montana home and another three weeks in Seattle with Zoe. During that time, the two argue, feel electricity with the other, render themselves speechless, and help each other grow in the situation they've found themselves in.

What was really great, though, were the characters. They weren't perfect nor were they complete menaces. Both Zoe and Rafe could have been people in my life. They're real, which as I'm sure you know if you've read previous reviews from me, is a complete plus in my book. Zoe is used to living alone and she's come to terms with a few hardships in her life, hardships that are suddenly, once again, being tested with the appearance of Rafe and the twins. Rafe, on the other hand, is a complete bachelor who starts to see that, maybe, it's time to settle down. Zoe pushes Rafe away while Rafe stays patient in an attempt to make Zoe understand that a new family of the two of them and the twins are exactly what she needs.

I couldn't help but root for the couple to make it. The relationship (friendship or otherwise) is tumultuous, only further exacerbated by two four-year-old boys who aren't sure what's going to happen next and who play the adults like mischievous foxes. Aaron and Parker give a hint of humor and fun in the midst of emotions and seriousness - two things I wasn't expecting much of in this book. They were a realistic mix of impish playfulness and lost uncertainty.

To be honest, the only complaint I had while reading this book (though it's a big one) was the overuse of endearment terms. I happened to notice them littered throughout a book, various ones regarding the characters, from Zoe's nickname from the twins ("Snookums") to sweetheart, love, honey, pumpkin, etc. While couples (or parents/children) may use those terms, it sometimes felt out of place while I read the scenes and managed to take me out of the element of whatever scene I was currently reading. I'm also not sure if it was in the particular electronic copy I was given, but scenes sometimes blended together without a break, even when it was obvious that the second scene happened some time after the one preceding it. It was slightly disconcerting and took a few seconds of rereading to comprehend the shift.

Altogether, TENDER LOVING CARE is a sweet and simple love story littered with bits of humor, realism, and intimacy. I thought I was going to get a whimsical romance but was instead given a study on human nature and relationships.

-- originally reviewed for Ordinary People, Extraordinary Works --
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok. 6 Aug 2011
By Deborah J. Andreasen - Published on Amazon.com
I have to say, this was not my favorite book.

Rafe was about the most sensitive man ever when it came to dealing with Zoe's emotions and inner turmoil, which was very sweet. There were aspects of the book that I identified with (infertility and adoption), but other than that, I thought the plot took a back seat to sex.

It felt like most of the book was about the attraction between Zoe and Rafe, which I agree could be a major part of the story. But I honestly felt like the main focus was their physical relationship, and the rest was overshadowed. I wanted to know more about the twins. I wanted to see how Zoe and Rafe dealt with the boys' loss and mourning. I just wanted more than the book had to offer.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 24 July 2011
By Terracotta Dove - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of Greene's earliest works, originally published under pseudonym Jeanne Grant. Lacks a little polish, but contains all the Greene elements we love.

The leads are likeable, their professions different enough to add flavor, and the two disparate settings interesting. I like that the heroine's fertility issue wasn't one that would magically reverse itself with true love, as happens in so many romances. Although their speech patterns didn't ring true for me, the behaviour of the four year old twins did. They would be acting out in bewilderment and grief one moment, and distracted and having fun the next. I found it age appropriate. And they got all the best lines in the book. (The scene in the bathtub of one boy dissing the other was a favorite). What was supposed to be the usual Category Conflict Climax in the story was created solely by female angst - a plot point I despise - but was resolved almost immediately.

Good, quick read.
1.0 out of 5 stars Tender Loving Care by Jennifer Greene 24 Jun 2011
By Cheyenne Schenck - Published on Amazon.com
This book is sooooo boring. As I sat, forcing myself to trudge through this, I began wondering if the writer was as bored/uninspired while writing this mess as I was while reading it.

Let me give you the gist of the story. Guy and gal get stuck with twin 4 year old boys. While they like the kids they don't necessarily want to raise them. Blah, blah, blah. Gal can't have her own kids-stereotypical reasons why. Gal pretends to hate kids in general. Blah, blah, blah. Guy decides (rather quickly) he likes gal. Blah, blah, blah. Guy sets about convincing gal she likes him back and he likes her for all the reasons she wants him to. Don't ask. Blah, blah, blah. Even the "intimate moments" lacked imagination. And the ending? Did they get together? Didn't they? Do you really care at this point? I know I didn't.

I felt as if I had read this story, in various incarnations, at least a dozen times. Hmm, do you think the writer fell asleep writing it as often as I did reading it? If so, maybe she should have clued herself into the fact that drying paint holds more interest.

I refuse to give this book even one star for fear it would only encourage the writer to continue writing this drivel.
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