Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
She’s back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.
Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.
A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.
Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter? Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?
He takes his job seriously. She takes motherhood seriously. Once they were best friends and perhaps could’ve been so much more, but a whirlwind personality came into their lives and altered the course. Now after five years they find themselves with the same old feelings but much different priorities.
Kate is wary of coming back to her childhood hometown, not knowing what to expect and overwhelmed by everything she left behind. She brings with her some very precious cargo that has changed her way of viewing the world. She never thought that the first night she sets foot out with a friend she would cross paths with the one man who could stir so much with just a single look. She can’t afford to take risks when the very being that is the cause of her happiness is at stake, so staying away from him isn’t just good business, but good policy.
Mark is a shrewdly successful talent agent. He knows the business backwards and forwards, but his personal life is basically non-existent. His name can be seen from time to time splashed across the newspapers with the words ‘most eligible bachelor’, but he gives no thought to any of it and refuses to play up to that image. Doesn’t stop the paparazzi from trying to stir up trouble, but so far he’s managed to avoid it. It isn’t until an old crush he never thought to see again enters the picture that he realizes how much he’s missing not just her but an entirely different way of life. With any reluctance he finds a personal challenge and the man she left behind
Ms. Brimble makes it so easy to fall for and invest in her characters. Neither Kate nor Mark can quite believe the amount of growing up they’ve done since they saw each other last. Kate’s reluctance and considerable thinking to anything she does is like a personal challenge to Mark. He simply won’t be swayed when he sets his mind to something and for Kate this means keeping her womanly desires in check. The romance between the two is very sweet and heartfelt. Overall, this is a very well rounded story with plenty of emotion and unpredictable moments.
Recommended reading for fans of second chances with a sweet romance that will capture your heart.
4 Tea Cups!