Jesse Chapman and Katherine "Katie" Bloom had grown up as neighbors and close friends, despite their age difference. Jesse had helped Katie as she grew up into a lovely lady. He had protected her from bullies and kept her sane when her mother ignored her which was most of the time. In return, Katie loved Jesse for who he was, regardless of his bad boy attitude and ways. Young Katie had been utterly crushed when Jesse left her behind in El Paso, Texas, while he left to become a golf pro.
The audience believed Katie was too prim and proper as a news anchor for KTEX TV. So her best friends Julia and Chloe, who happened to be the station's owner and manager, decided to show the public another side of Katie. "Getting Real With Kate" was done live. The first show was supposed to have a cooking theme with the guest star being a famous chef. Katie was really worried when the chef had not shown up when the two minute air time warning was announced. But when Julia walked in and threw Jesse in as a replacement for the chef, Katie panicked! And after the show, when Julia used guilt to persuade Katie into letting Jesse stay in her guest cottage, Katie came close to a panic attack! How could she possibly survive having Jesse so close to her again? How would she possibly survive when Jesse left her again?
Jesse Chapman was on the verge of winning the PGA Championship. The tournament was in less than a month. The magazines and tabloids constantly told of his winnings on the golf course, as well as, with the string of ladies that came and went. Recently, Jesse had saved a woman's life. The media refused to leave Jesse alone. When Jesse felt himself about to fall apart, he returned to El Paso for a vacation. Instead of relaxing, Jesse found himself still wanting Katie as his own. He also found out that he had a twelve-year-old son named Travis!
***** A great beginning to the "Sexy" trilogy. Travis's mother is seldom in the picture. The story focuses on Katie, Jesse, and Travis with terrific results. I would never have guessed that a book with golf in it could possibly be so much fun. The book is full of humor and witty emails exchanged between Katie, Julia, and Chloe. As for Travis, he may only be twelve, but living with his mom has given him more serious experience with how women react to things. So he is twelve, going on thirty. I still chuckle at the memory of Jesse being agog at Travis stating that Katie NEEDED to eat ice cream straight out of the carton, forget the bowl. I fell in love with the character of Travis right then! This novel is another winner by Linda Francis Lee. BRAVA!
On a side note, if you put all three covers from the trilogy side-by-side, they make one large picture. Excellent idea! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.