A Man Like Mac
by Fay Robinson
This book is frequently found on lists about disabled heroes, particularly on positively rendered disabled heroes. It was published in 2000 and is not actually released as an eBook nor is it currently in print. While there are plenty of used copies for very cheap, isn’t it better to be able to get things for free? So, I found a copy of this on OpenLibrary. It’s available to anyone for check out with a free OpenLibrary account. There is only one copy so if you are looking for it, you may have a bit of a wait, but still, free is free.
So first, practical considerations. This is a scanned copy of an older book, so you will definitely want to read in browser or download the PDF version. It’s well scanned and clear to read, but the color if the pages and some slight text fading is likely to make OCR text recognition for the epub version rather dodgy.
As for the story itself, it’s pretty good. Mac agrees to train Keely following a devastating accident despite the fact that he knows she’ll never run professionally again. Keely isn’t a particularly sympathetic character, so that balances out the rather heart breaking situation so this isn’t an overly saccharine book. Mac isn’t perfect either, he’s a little too irritatingly self-sacrificing and a bit too manipulative with Keely. He also has some of the worst timing known to man. I enjoyed how prosaically their respective disabilities were treated both in general life and in their intimate lives. It’s discussed very frankly and in fact, there’s one extremely humorous situation where Keely does something completely crazy to make Mac feel better when something embarrassing happens. There’s also no magic cure for either of them. They certainly get their happily ever after, and their own version of miracles (It is a Harlequin Superromance after all), but they’re practical and plausible sorry if miracle, which is refreshing in a romance novel.
If I were strictly rating this based on writing style and characterization I’d probably rate this 3 stars, but the deft handling of the disability gives added depth to what would otherwise be a somewhat mediocre book so I’m giving it a solid 4 stars.