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Licking her wounds after a bad relationship, San Diego accountant Caitlyn Summers travels to Willow Springs to help her friend gear up for the annual Maple Sugar Ball. She isn't planning on staying long, but one encounter with the delicious Corey Duncan has her re-evaluating her plans.
Corey swore off love when his wife Annie died from breast cancer. Caitlyn is too young, too citified, and vibrates with a passion and energy that will upend the safe, comfortable rhythm of his life. Corey has to choose between playing it safe and taking a risk on love. Caitlyn needs to find the patience to let Corey lead. If not, the Maple Sugar Ball might end in a sticky mess, instead of a slow dance with the man who has captured her heart.
Will their fire burn hot enough to erase doubts and past hurts?
She walked across to Corey, tucking her hair behind her right ear, unexpectedly shy at his acknowledgement. She squared her shoulders. “Hi.”
“Hey.” He stood and pulled out a chair for her, a half-smile playing on his lips. “You and I can’t avoid each other.”
She shrugged. “It’s a small town. Although you’ve looked awfully busy.” Too busy to say hello was her unspoken message. She’d let him know she was interested, and he had ignored her ever since.
Her drink arrived, and they fell silent while the waitress fussed with a coaster and peanuts. He rubbed his hand against his chin and gazed directly into her eyes. “I’ve been a bit preoccupied, mostly with you.”
“Me?” She choked on a swig of champagne and coughed as the bubbles went down the wrong way.
He grabbed her glass and set it down before patting her on the back.
“I’m fine,” she gasped.
“Sorry. I take it that was my fault for surprising the heck out of you.”
“Why? You’re the one who kissed me.”
And why wouldn’t she when he looked so delectable? She was tempted to kiss him again, rub out the mischievous twitch to his lips. Instead she retorted, “And you’re the one who didn’t kiss me back.”
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Two broken souls finding each other in a small town....helped along by small town people who know everything and cant help but meddle....classic....I love it!
Caitlin has been avoiding men (and her home) since a painful relationship break up over a year ago. Along comes Corey, a hot, lovable widow who catches Caitlins eye and I can't say that I blame her! Watching them both open up to the idea of being together and healing is a pleasure. Seeing each of them growing and becoming more relaxed with each other (as well as getting intimately acquainted) totally warms the heart.
It's lovely seeing different cultures interacting too. The lion dance is intriguing and helps to bind the story together a little more.
I really like Caitlin, she's smart, fun and has a nice determination to her. She's also got a cheeky side to her, you can't help but love it.
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Laura Boon stole her first romance from her father’s bookshelves as a teenager, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and was immediately captivated. After holding a variety of positions in publishing, from bookseller to sales rep and publicist, she eventually found the courage to write her own stories. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, and went to university in America. She now lives in Australia with her husband and their adorable dogs Beau and Arro. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys sleuthing for artisan chocolate and beautiful stationery, watching tennis, and walking alongside Sydney’s beautiful harbor.
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