Sparks fly when a project brings a heartbreaker back to town and into the path of the woman he left behind. He’s determined to win her over in the boardroom … and the bedroom!
This was a very short, quick read. The writing was fun–it had quite a few lines that made me laugh. For example:
She’d lost him with the word seduce. Flashes of her sweet lips covering his and her body pressed against him.
“Jake?” She snapped her fingers.
“Sorry. I’m listening,” he promised. “You don’t want to seduce me.” This made him sad, because now all he could think about was seducing her.
Poor, poor Jake.
It’s a lovers-with-a-past story, which a short novella really needs in order to make a HEA ending reasonably believable. The beginning is very strong–Jake’s back in town, years after having dumped Annabelle, his high school sweetheart. Things have changed for both of them, naturally, and they’re both successful in their chosen careers. Annabelle’s on a blind-date-from-hell with “Darrell McFondler” and ends up ditching him in order to help Jake, who happens to be at the same restaurant, wine and dine some prospective business contacts. Excellent start.
About two thirds of the way through, though, things start to feel really rushed. We get to our HEA, but it almost felt as if we skipped a couple of steps along the way. I’d really liked to have seen the last part of the story expanded into greater detail, making their reunion feel more realistic.
Still, this is an entertaining story with sympathetic characters that can be read in a single setting. I’d check out more from these authors in the future.
Rating: 3 stars, C+
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.