Matt is no spring chicken and his prospects for a family left town a year ago. He thought he’d found the one in high school and it was just a matter of time. But when Helen left she took a lot out of him and he’s just now beginning to recover. Was it love or pride that kept him away from entanglements? Even he doesn’t know but what he does know is the one woman who’s got him coming back to life is Hope Meridan, his ex Helen’s sister. Irony any one?
Hope has been struggling a year to keep her business in the black after her sister left town without a backward glance. They were supposed to be in business together but Helen just up and left Hope holding the bag. Fortunately her name isn’t on any of the assets but that also leaves Hope totally responsible. It’s been tough and she’s darn tired but she’s seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Now that she’s starting to notice the male of the species again, she sees Matt front and center. She grew up crushing on him but that was years ago. Now she sees him as an interested woman would. But why would he even look her way?
This could have been a tragedy with the eww factor associated with her sister’s ex-boyfriend. It still left me feeling a little squicky. But the author managed to pull it off using a unique method of indicating that Matt never revealed his true sexuality with Helen, but he shared it with Hope. Makes them all new and shiny.
The beginning of the story was as expected; awkward, getting past the friendship thing, interfering male also interested in Hope. When we got to the meat of the story, that being the specter of Helen, I felt I was reading about a text book psychopath. That woman was nuts in so many ways, and I wish the author had elaborated more on her therapy rather than her just fading into the background.
All in all this was a naughty read that had a lot of momentum and lots of interesting story lines going. The whole Coleman clan was present with updates on previous couples and hints at future ones. And if you ever thought of working for yourself, read this book. You’ll talk yourself out of it real quick.
Nothing comes easy. You’ve gotta work for it.
Matt Coleman always figured at this point in his life, he’d be settled down with a family. Since his ex split for the big city, though, no way will he give anyone else the chance to drop-kick his heart. Physical pleasure? Hell, yeah, he’ll take—and give—with gusto, but nothing more.
Hope Meridan is working long hours to hold on to her new quilt shop, going it alone since her sister/business partner ran off. Sex? Right, like she’s got the time. Not that she doesn’t have the occasional dirty fantasy about Matt. Fat chance he’d dream of knocking boots with her—the younger sister of the woman who dumped him. Nope, she’ll just have to settle for the F-word.
Friends would be far easier if there wasn’t something combustible going on between them. And when casual interest starts to grow into something more, their tenuous bond strengthens in the heat of desire. But it may not survive the hurricane-force arrival of the last person either of them ever wanted to see again…
Warning: Small-town rivals, men in pursuit and family meddling—in good and bad ways. Look for a cowboy who knows how to rope, ride and rein in a hell of a lot more than eight seconds of sheer bliss.