Moving on doesn't always have to mean goodbye.
Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband's memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her four-year-old daughter, is her whole world.
When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, a famous cover model, it's hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way
Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.
When I first read the synopsis for this book I knew I hadn't quite read anything like it. I've read your typical romances where the couples hate each other but fall in love but I had a feeling the element of a child would make this story different and it did. I'll get to that though...
When the story opens, Jane, an aspiring author, is at a conference in Pheonix with a number of authors and cover models. There is one model in particular that everyone, except Jane, is fawning over: Lucas Oliver. I really loved this part of the book, you could just tell how much Jane's lack of interest aggravated Lucas and that come out through hatred, I think. A tragedy brings Jane and he together yet again when Jane has to help out and save someone connected to Lucas.
After the conference, Jane heads home to her daughter and leaves all thoughts of Lucas behind her, despite the fact she won a competition that will bring him back into her life. However, she runs into him again, at a job where she is doing the makeup for Madame V, a lovely lady who I can just see in my head as a still glamourous star from the bygone era of Hollywood. One of its old stars. Lucas is the male star of the shoot and again we get to see their animosity which I loved reading and then Lucas meets Ella. Oh my. Too. Much. Cute. His interactions with her are beyond adorable and I think that, as much as Jane fights it, Ella is one of the catalysts to them getting together and starts them on their path to love through her close friendship with Lucas.
And then we hit Paris where Jane is working with Madame V and again stuck with Lucas again but this time in a house and with her daughter too. I think Jane soon realised that fighting Ella's friendship is futile and like I said above, I think seeing her with him helped to soften him for her. You really see their relationship develop at this stage and Jane slowly opens up to Lucas and the possibility of finally moving on from the loss of her husband, Evan. It was beautiful to read and see unfold and I loved the teasing between the two of them that had me laughing out loud.
You see a lot of sides to Lucas in this book and I loved that. You see him and his best and at his very worst when he loses someone he loves and Jane is there for him guiding him through. I think that was the final thing that got them together and made them both see that they needed each other.
You also get to see their relationship tested when they get back and it was heartbreaking to read and when another event strikes and it almost ruins everything but Jane manages to come along and save the day when she comes across evidence while working that frees Lucas from the accusations weighed against him. At this point the two of them are no longer together and I was fighting for them to get back together and I was so happy when they did.
About the Author:
I WRITE. I LIVE. I LOVE. I DREAM. I WRITE.
I'm a dreamer
I'm a sinner
I love my books
I conjure hooks
And heroes with good looks
Romance is my guilty pleasure
Taking me to place with new decor
Come join me if you dare
I promise not to bore
If you like to read my stories
Pray my husband continues snorin'
For he's the one who keeps me up at night
When I give my heroes wings and flight.