Series: Lotus House #1
Published by Waterhouse Press LLC on April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Yoga instructor Genevieve Harper is a blond bombshell loaded down with responsibility and sacrifice. She makes the most out of raising her two siblings in the wake of their parentsÔÇÖ tragic accident. At twenty-four, she doesnÔÇÖt have time to devote to a manÔÇªespecially not the devastatingly handsome.
Trent Fox, whoÔÇÖs known for being a ÔÇ£playerÔÇØ on and off the baseball field. Trent has the best hitting average in the league. Recently, he suffered a torn hamstring that takes him to the Lotus House Yoga Center for recuperation. There he meets the curvy, petite blonde with soulful black eyes and candy-coated glossy lips heÔÇÖd like to do more to than kiss. He secures the flexible hottie for daily private lessons that ultimately show him how sensual the art of yoga can be.
Can love grow between a woman whoÔÇÖs rooted in her life and a man who resists any notion of staying in one place?
Resisting Roots is the first standalone novel in the Lotus House series from Audrey Carlan. The story line showcases the practice of yoga, in everything from the physical benefits to the spiritual aspects. The premise center around an injured baseball player, Trent Fox, who finds himself in the yoga studio of one Genevieve Harper. Vivvie is a wisp of a woman who has the power to flip Trent’s life on it’s end.
Trent is at risk of being on the losing end of the negotiation of his baseball contract so rehabilitating his injured leg is an important task. Trent is a well written Alpha male enjoying the benefits of his sports stardom. The story picks up during baseball’s off-season so we don’t see much his famed player status with the ladies and Trent is able to focus is solely on Vivvie. The story is told in alternating points of view so the message, his intents and feelings are loud and clear. It’s fun to be in
Trent’s brain as he works his attraction to Vivvie and his growing attachment to her family. Initially, I wasn’t feeling much for Trent but he does make some major changes to his lifestyle , but more importantly in how he treats Vivvie. He has a lot of growing to do and it’s refreshing to see a character get mostly there, and know that he’s on the right path.
As to Vivvie. She is now among my favorite female heroine’s in Audrey Carlan’s collection. She’s not a push-over and stands on principle for her beliefs. She ┬átakes on a lot of responsibility at a young age and every bit of it is done from a place of love. The devotion she feels towards her siblings, now her wards, is one of the most endearing qualities she has. There are quite a few moments where the goodness that is Vivvie shines through. For as much as she influences Trent, Trent shows Vivvie a type of love that she’s never known. Together they learn a lot about trust and unconditional acceptance and wow, is her life changed.
The story is well paced and I found that I had moved through more than 1/2 the book in no time. There’s some angst and lots of reflection on the importance of family and belonging. Carlan is a skilled writer of erotica and Trent and Vivvie share some intensely emotional moments in connection with the practice of yoga, making this one sultry read. I appreciate that the story is a standalone as a part of a series focus on the Lotus house. Once again, Audrey Carlan for the win. 4.5 Stars and recommendation.