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ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: With Every Step Series: McCall Family series #2 Author: Natasha D. Frazier Publisher: Encouraging Works Release Date: December 20, 2021 Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance Born and groomed to be CEO, Darius is ready to run the family business, except Jeffrey McCall has reserved that position for the oldest son. Darius McCall’s CEO ambitions have driven his choices since junior high school. He’s worked alongside his father, preparing for the position most of his life. When Jeffrey McCall names Andrew, Darius’ older brother, as McCall Resorts’ new CEO instead of him, Darius becomes furious. He’s determined to prove that CEO is his rightful place – and spearheading the construction of their new Houston resort is just the way to do that – except Kennedy Slaughter may be a bigger distraction than he expected. Kennedy Slaughter becomes Slaughter Construction Inc.’s President after the sudden death of her twin brother. She now bears the weight of the company’s success on her shoulders. When McCall Resorts hires her company to build their Houston facility, she works to make her brother proud and fights against anything that will hinder the project’s success – including the undeniable attraction between her and Darius McCall. What will it take for Darius and Kennedy to secure the success they desire and balance the growing emotional bond between them? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub
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My thoughts about With Every Step
Although With Every Step can be read as a standalone book, it’s an incredible companion book to its predecessor in The McCall Family Series, With Every Breath. In that book, we meet the McCall family for the first time: father Jeffrey, mother Rose, eldest son Andrew (plus his beloved, Nina), and Darius, the younger brother. The McCall’s family business is an elegant resort in Georgia, featuring beautiful lodgings, farm-to-table crafted meals, family activities, and a wellness spa. While Andrew has been away, earning his professor stripes and teaching at Jackson State University, Darius has been working for Jeffrey in the McCall resort, earning (as he’d put it) his own stripes; proving to his father that he is worthy and capable of taking over the family business as CEO. Until Andrew comes home and their dad appoints him CEO instead of Darius.
You can imagine Darius’s feelings; betrayal, anger, irritation. So now, with McCall Resorts preparing to break ground on a second resort in the Houston area, Darius is prepared to do anything to make the new resort a success; and again, to prove himself to his father. When he discovers that the CEO of the construction firm they’ve employed to build the Texas resort is a woman, his (apparently) mid-20th-century values spring to the forefront. He probably doesn’t *really* think that a woman can’t run a construction company; but anything that could get in the way of Darius’s proving himself must be addressed, and that done quickly.
His first meeting with Kennedy Slaughter, CEO, doesn’t leave her impressed with the man she’ll be working with. Jeffrey and Andrew are kind yet businesslike; but Darius quizzes her and challenges her without a lot of respect. She does feel that she proved herself well, though. Just one thing troubles her: the spark she felt when they shook hands!
You do just know that those sparks are going to turn into a fire. But author Natasha Frazier, who knows how to build a good romance, treats not only her characters but her readers with respect. This is a clean romance. And when problems do crop up, you’ll be surprised at the direction from which they come. But you will hope that Kennedy and Darius will succeed in their budding relationship. And you’ll also hope that the wounds within them will have a chance to heal.
I loved seeing the family McCall again, and to see a bit more of Nina’s and Andrew’s unfolding story. The grounds and buildings of the planned resort (in Texas) and the current one (in Georgia) are so beautifully described that they made me actually want to visit this fictional vacation spot! I also adore Frazier’s understanding of and use of Scripture. There aren’t a lot of Bible verses mentioned in this contemporary romance; but one particular parable of Jesus’s came to mind for me again and again. Human nature hasn’t changed that much since Biblical times (if at all); yet a beautiful path waits for those who choose to trust God. The question for both Kennedy and Darius is if they will trust Him over their own plans and judgments. You’ll have to read With Every Step to see which way they’ll go. As for me–I was just glad to read at the end of the book that there is another McCall Family book on its way!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.