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Pages: 238 pgs
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 5th 2013
Review Source: Author
"When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences. "
Parker Wood's dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he's injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he's ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.
Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn't manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents' old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.
When Parker and Sophie discover they're neighbors once again, it's as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart...unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.
Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.
This was a fun, light read that I really enjoyed getting to delve into.
Parker and Sophie were two people dealing with difficult pasts and trying to move forward with their lives. It was fun, and sweet, seeing them reconnect and find comfort in one another. The things they'd been through should have left them bitter, but Karen did a wonderful job of showing the connection and love both Parker and Sophie had with each other.
Karen also kept the angst at bay, which I was grateful for. Sure there were moments where it seemed as though heart ache was about to fall with ex's, friends, and parents threatening their happiness, but in the end her characters seemed to find a way to move beyond it. Sometimes an ooohy-gooey romance is just what the doctor ordered and that's exactly what this is.
The romance and sweetness for Parker were just right, leaving me sad to see it end. I wanted to continue with more of the story (*hint hint*), but was happy that both Sophie and Parker had a beautiful ending, and in some ways a beautiful beginning.
If your looking for a story to make you sigh with contentment, and giggle at the feels, then this is definitely the book for you.
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About the Author
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).