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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Good Company by Melissa Hladik Meyer is the story of three neighbors; retired Delta Force operator Fred, physician’s assistant Kathleen, and Navy SEAL Mark. Mark was promised a promotion in California but at the last minute his orders were changed and he shows up in Tampa with a bad attitude that Fred is determined to change. After a food fight and bar brawl starts around her, Kathleen is rescued by Mark who was forced to play the hero by his married friend Jay. Unused to playing nursemaid, Mark has taken a liking to the beautiful woman who loves hamburgers and Iron Man. Melissa Hladik Meyer did a fantastic job with this story. It is funny, heartbreaking at times and sweet to the core.
Fred added the perfect dose of humor to Good Company. He was feisty, stubborn and determined to get Mark to realize his anger was dangerous. He may have gone too far at times, but not only did his ploy work, it also helped bring him and Kathleen together. Melissa Hladik Meyer has perfected the slice-of-life art of storytelling. There are no big melodramas between these characters just…life and that makes the story all the more appealing. Kathleen spent years as a single mom, dedicating her life to raising her son. But when young Alex moves across town with his dad, Kathleen is forced to look at her life beyond her mom title. I loved that little Alex was so selfless and mature for such a young kid. In the end he was rewarded hugely and I can just picture his impish smile. This was an unforgettable story with great characters. Between Kathleen’s best friend Maya, crotchety old Fred and jokester Jay, this was a story full of fun and full of heart.