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August 4, 2017

#BookReview: Show No Weakness by Joyce M. Holmes

Review by MK French

Joely Sinclair is a single mother and social worker in Canada, and soon meets Cole Dennison, the new RCMP Corporal she has to work with. She is very emotional, and he is reserved, yet they still become involved and start a relationship. Her son Taylor looks up to Cole and bonds with him, but that's not enough to save the relationship when Cole refuses to emotionally engage. A crisis brings them back together, and Cole has to make some difficult decisions.
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Show No Weakness
April 2017; Roane Publishing; 978-1545272473
ebook, print (280 pages); romance
Taylor's troubles with peer pressure were pretty well depicted, and it's easy to see that he's a generally good and likable kid trying to figure out his place as a teenager. Joely is a caretaker and classic do-gooder type that is sure she can fix just about anything. I really liked them, and gradually got to know Cole, too.

I was surprised by how easy it was for problematic characters to admit they had a problem and go seek help, when most people in real life would up the ante and get even more angry, denying that they were the ones at fault. Unless maybe it's because they're Canadian and the stereotypical politeness is real, so they take it to heart when they're criticized.

The essential conflict between Joely and Cole is a common one, as each have their baggage to deal with. This is all neatly tied up at the end, which actually turns me off a bit. It's almost too settled at the end, and the conflicts are magically resolved. The first two thirds of the book is solidly written and a little more believable to me.

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