AUTHOR: Theresa Ragan
RATING: 3 STARS
PUBLISHED: April 2011 - Theresa Ragan
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"Max Dutton, a starting NFL linebacker for the Los Angeles Condors, is certain he’s going to die young since his father and grandfather both passed away at an early age. Believing his life will be cut short, Max tries to live every moment to its fullest. For this reason, Max shies away from forming close relationships. What would be the point of falling in love and starting a family only to leave them as his father left him and his sisters? When Max discovers he has a thirteen-year old daughter though, it throws all his years of planning and preparation for an early death into a tailspin. Nutrition expert, Kari Murphy, used to think Max Dutton, aka Mad Max, was to die for, but she’s older and wiser now. The last time Kari reacted with her heart instead of her brain, she conceived the thing she loves most in life…her daughter, Molly. As much as she dislikes Max Dutton for taking her declaration of love and throwing it in her face fourteen years earlier, she knows that if it wasn’t for him her life would be meaningless. And that really ticks her off, especially when she’s hired by the NFL franchise to follow Max around for a couple of weeks and give him healthy-eating advice, foolproof facts about carbohydrates and tasteful tips on cooking and shopping smart. Kari doesn’t want to be anywhere near the man, but what choice does she have? Her career is on the line."
Taming Mad Max by Theresa Ragan was on my recommended list for a while, but I kept putting it off for some reason. I finally caved in and bought it, and I am glad that I did.
This adult romance was a really cute story. Cute is really the best way for me to describe it. I really liked the surprises that came along with reading this novel. Therefore, I can’t say too much about the plot because it’s one that you need to read for yourself to discover.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel was that the characters weren’t welcomed right back into open arms after their wrong doings. Things took time, effort and reconciliation; that made the story more realistic.
I’m also a huge fan of stories where the characters have a shared history. Taming Mad Max was even better because one of characters doesn't remember their shared history. This definitely made things interesting.
The girls in this novel, Kari and Lindsay, seemed to have unrealistic expectations. It seemed like they expected perfection from people.
I also thought this book could have had more romance and heat. It was cute, but it didn’t sizzle!
I gave Taming Mad Max by Theresa Ragan 3 STARS. Overall, I thought this was a good story, and I am glad that I read it. I definitely wouldn’t put it on my all time favorites, but it was cute and it had some twists that I wasn’t expecting. (That’s always a good thing!)