Book Review: Love’s Tug of War by Pauline Parson

LovesTugOfWar-eBookCoverTitle: Love’s Tug of War

Author: Pauline Parson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon.

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

At 41 Paula finds herself on her own in beautiful Arizona. She’s a talented comic artist – with a broken heart – a widower that has a chance to discover if she can make it as an cartoonist or fall flat on her face. Jeb Cotner accepts Paula as his new finish artist for his famous Honky Tonk Man comic strip. She has a chance of a lifetime to learn from the famous syndicated satirist. This job holds the opportunity that could lead to her own comic strip career. Yet, rumors fly that the 75-year-old artist is a cantankerous old man who has an eye for the “young girls”.

With grave doubts, she leaves her quiet life in New England and heads into “cowboy” country with her own comic character, Abby Press, at her side. Her world is turned upside down by two handsome brothers, neighbors of Jeb Cotner, who vie for her attention. Her sexual desires awaken, something so new to the young woman that it sends her to heights that she had long forgotten existed. She plays a dangerous game of “Tug of War” as her heart is torn between the two men.

Love’s Tug of War is the story of 41-year-old Paula, who is a talented comic art who gets the chance of a lifetime. She gets to work together with Jeb Cotner, a famous satirist who needs an artist for the Honky Tonk Man comic strip. Although a bit worried at first, Paula dives into the adventure, heading to “cowboy” country along with her own comic book character, Abby Press. But this adventure brings Paula more than she bargained for, as she meets two handsome brothers, neighbors of Jeb, and both of them stir desires within her that she thought long forgotten.

As the title suggests, the book focuses on a love triangle, but all characters are three-dimensional, and the triangle is actually interesting. Not like sometimes when it’s obvious the author has a favorite – here both options are explored. Paula is an amazing person, and I loved her comic book character, Abby Press even more. Witty, resourceful, clever and kind, both Paula and Abby are awesom.

I really thought Paula deserved a happy ending. The addition of a comic book artist in a cowboy country is a good twist, and unique for this genre – I certainly haven’t read a book with this plot, or this cast of characters (comic artists and cowboys) but it’s an interesting mix. Good writing too, and all in all, a very enjoyable contemporary romance novel.

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