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Ready to Reel
by Lainey M Bancroft   

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Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press


Copyright:  January 9, 2008

The Wild Rose Press

Ready to Reel is the 2nd story of the 3-D club, a trilogy of romantic comedies for the mature reader!

When Suzette Michaud reels into the arms of a man she wouldn’t ordinarily look twice at, she reexamines her priorities. Fed up with the social limitations her parents, and her French boarding school background impressed upon her, she decides it’s time to take a walk on the wild side. Handlebar Hank and his Honky Tonk are just the distraction she needs.

She doesn’t count on falling in love with the rough around the edges man, especially when he insists on treating her—a forty-six year old divorcee—like some blushing virgin. And she certainly doesn’t suspect that his big body, heart and sense of humor hide a bigger hurt than she ever could have imagined. Can a wounded bar owner and a bitter French debutante/divorcee make each other feel whole again, or are they just reeling into more heartbreak?

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Ready to Reel is a sweet story about two people who have loved and lost and never expected to find love again. And yet, that’s exactly what they find and in the most unlikely place – a honky-tonk! Lainey Bancroft does a good job painting the scene of the bar making it so real you would swear you can hear the music.

Suzette didn’t realize what she was getting herself into when she showed up at the bar at the request of her best friend’s fiancé. This was not her type of place and she hadn’t wanted to step foot through the door. But that changed as soon as she was in Hank’s arms and he was reeling her around the dance floor. For sure Hank didn’t know how his life was about to change once he took Suzette for that first dance.

Opposites attract is definitely the theme in Ready to Reel, but it is love none the less. You are routing for these two lonely people to make a go of it and the compassion these characters show each other is a gold star for Ms. Bancroft who does an excellent job of conveying these realistic feelings. Though a short read it is one you should not miss for a quick feel good escape from the every day.

~Reviewed by Lynda

Long & Short: Dandelion 5/5

This sweet short story won my heart! Suzette and Hank are a charming, if unlikely couple. At first, her conservative, uptight personality seems to have nothing in common with his country music lovin’, bachelor-bartender lifestyle. But once they hit the dance floor, sparks fly. I thought the development of their attraction was completely believable, and I especially liked the fact that this hero and heroine aren’t starry-eyed lovers, but middle-aged singles trying to negotiate the world of dating while balancing their private baggage.

This baggage, of course, is what keeps Hank from giving his heart to Suzette, and be prepared: his secrets are pretty deep. But the final scene of the story, when all is revealed, is heart-warming and satisfying. It’s refreshing to read about two characters who are realistic and honest about what they can and cannot give one another.

I enjoyed all the minor characters in this story as well: Alexandra and Riana, Suzette’s best friends since high school, and Matt, Alex’s fiancé and second chance at love. And Hank’s tacky roadside bar, Handlebar Hank’s Honky Tonk, is a place where you’ll feel you’d like to pull up a saddle stool to the horseshoe-shaped bar and stay awhile.

“Ready to Reel” is a charming story, and I only wish it had been longer. I’d like to know what Ms. Bancroft has in store for these characters next!

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