I will be honest up front. The hero (Shane) didn't meet the romantic interest (Kate) until the 28% mark. They didn't spend more than a few minutes/pages in the same room until approximately 45% of the way through the book. I truly thought it was the male equivalent of a women's fiction novel. Having just finished Simple Man, I'm glad I stuck with the book. Oh, wow. The ending...
The entire book is from Shane's POV (unusual in a romance to say the least), as he takes in the two-month old nephew he didn't know he had until after his sister dies (he didn't know she'd had the baby; last he'd known, she was going to get an abortion, and she'd vanished). The first half of the book was Shane adapting to life and the stressors that come with having a baby as a single father. Watching him grow over the course of the book ended up being an absolute delight. My heart nearly broke for him when there was a chance that the baby's biologic father might take him away.
The romance between Kate and Shane seemed to move fast at times, but that likely comes from the fact that they didn't even spend much page time together until the latter half of the book, so it had to grow fast. I wish there had been a little more interaction in the earlier portion of the book, and it's that reason alone that keeps this from ending up a five star rating. I just can't do it, not when I had trouble getting through the first half of the book. Then once Kate/Shane started progressing in their romance, the pages flew by for me.
So, I'm grateful I stuck with this and I'm so happy to have been introduced to Ms. Michaels' work.