Book Review: California Sunrise by: Casey Dawes

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Publication Date: June 15, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: When Alicia Fuentes walks into Dr. Raúl Mendez’s treatment room, something about the plucky single mom stirs his personal interest. After he diagnoses her son, Luis, on the autism spectrum, Raúl takes a chance and offers support beyond the doctor’s office, hoping friendship might become more.

Grateful for the help, Alicia is tempted by her new pediatrician’s kindness, consistency, and attractiveness, but she has no room in her life for a serious relationship. She’s juggling a part-time job and classes at the local community college to get her life back on track and pursue a cosmetology career.

Between his busy medical practice and his desire to help his family, who was deported when he was a teen, return to the United States, Raúl doesn’t have time for anything or anyone else, either. But his heart won’t be denied.

Hope of a new life arises for them both, but fate and prejudice could threaten their newfound bond. Can their blossoming relationship withstand the political and personal battles that lie in wait?

Review: In CALIFORNIA SUNRISE, Alicia Fuentes comes to Dr. Raúl Mendez to find out what could be wrong with her son, Luis. When Alicia is told Luis has an autism-spectrum disorder, she’s unsure what to do when Raúl offers to give her information and additional support. Alicia is going to school, working part-time, and trying to make a better life for her and her son. Raúl is passionate about medicine and about the plight of the Mexican people, his people, especially after losing his family to deportation when he was a teenager. Before they realize it, Alicia and Raúl’s relationship moves from friendship to something more. CALIFORNIA SUNRISE has some of the same characters as the previous book CALIFORNIA THYME, but it’s not required you read it first nor should they be considered sequels/part of a series. I always prefer romances which in which the relationship grows organically and this is something the author does very well. CALIFORNIA SUNRISE is an engaging romance, with interesting and flawed characters, solid writing, and a beautiful ending.

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