Evan O’Cleary was in college when she spent a passionate 48 hours with up-and-coming baseball star Jesse Walsh. But after he broke her heart, she vowed to never see him again. So why does her heart leap when she runs into him ten years later?
Jesse not only abandoned Evan, but also his dream of becoming a major league baseball player when his brother died in Iraq. Shattered by the loss, Jesse turns inward. He refuses to commit to more than a one-night stand, until he sets eyes on Evan again, whose body still draws him dangerously near…
Evan knows better than to trust Jesse, but when he protects her against an abusive ex-turned-stalker, one thing leads to another and she finds herself in a delicious encounter on his living room floor. Jesse may not be willing to commit just yet, but maybe Evan can break down the wall. As she gets close, though, Evan uncovers a devastating secret that could destroy their families and drive them apart forever.
This romance, set in sunny L.A., features a sexy alpha male hero and a smart, feisty and relatable heroine. If you enjoy the steam of Lauren Blakely novels and the family dynamics of Melissa Foster and Bella Andre’s books, you’ll like this new voice in contemporary romance.
The Whole Man is definitely a romance novel, but it has so much more depth than that. The two main characters have so much going on, especially on the inside. Both Evan and Jesse were able to easily draw me into them, and I enjoyed the second chance at romance angle. I’m a big sports fan, so that plot point was also a big perk for me. There were several moments that made me tear up while reading, and especially for a debut novel, I was quite impressed overall.
Cheryl Rosenberg, writing as C.F. Rose to protect the innocent, is a sportswriter turned romance writer. When she’s away from her laptop, you can find her at the gym or serving as her kids personal uber driver. She grew up on the East Coast, but survives in too-sunny Southern California with her husband, the three kids and two rescued mutts.The Whole Man is her first book.