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I thought that Trevor (professional athlete) was the most likable male character in this series since Mick; strong, caring and non-violent (not hitting or domination). Haven was a sympathetic character, a twenty something woman trying to move on with her life after the death of her father.
Straddling the Line could have been an excellent book if there had been an actual plot and more character development. There were fun moments as Haven & Trevor got to know each other and too many explicit sex scenes to count. Trevor's big secret was easy to guess and fix; a person with that much money could have conquered the issue easily.
Unfortunately, too many of the male characters in this series were carbon copies: gorgeous, sexy, promiscuous men who make millions, care about their parents, siblings and/or friends yet see women as conquests & bimbos. Hardly good husband material...
When couples from previous books made appearances, the women are concerned about balancing children & careers and supporting their men. In contrast, the men seem to make their own careers a priority. Conspicuously, none of the men were willing to give up "playing sports" to be a full-time father, expecting others to help raise their children.
I believe Jaci Burton is talented, with the ability to create more complex and balanced characters. I would enjoy a series with older, more mature male characters who view women as equals.
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Love how the Rileys made a guest appearance. Loved how a secret can bring them together instead of wrenching them apart. Can't wait for the next one.