New York City self-help editor Olivia Marks faces her toughest assignment yet: parenthood. When her sister dies in a car accident, the career-oriented Olivia suddenly becomes the guardian to her four-week-old niece, Annabelle. She also becomes a challenge for Annabelle's uncle, Brad Rushford, an old flame whose gorgeous green eyes bring Olivia's fevered memories rushing back.
As the two circle each other in their small hometown of Mirror Lake, Olivia finds that Brad is as sexy and charming as ever - and now he's the darling of the town as he expands his successful lakefront restaurant. Is his flirting designed to get serious, or get Olivia to lower her defenses and give up guardianship? What about the turreted, brick Victorian house Brad tours with a realtor and an attractive, no-strings-attached reporter, the same place where he and Olivia shared an unforgettable night years ago - is he looking for a future with Olivia, or planning to start a new life with someone else?
In the first heartwarming Mirror Lake story, steamy trysts and surprising twists lead two people to a future neither one expected.
©2015 Miranda Liasson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
WOW! There’s a lot of one and two star reviews on Amazon but I, personally, found this book wonderful. While Olivia hadn’t a clue what the heck she was doing when it came to Annabelle she was willing to learn. She was so afraid that if she gave Annabelle to someone else in the family, someone with kids that knew what they were doing, she would be failing her sister, that’s why she hung on so hard. I could also see why there was a push-pull situation with Brad.
I love second-chance stories, and Brad and Olivia’s story was awesome. They loved each other unconditionally when they were teenagers. AND the sexual tension between the two of them couldn’t have been written any better. I LOVE sexual tension. Better than the sex itself. If all authors who write sex in their books would learn how to write sexual tension all romance books –with sex- would be so much better.
A word that really bothers me when reading reviews on these kinds of books is “predictable.” Really? If you’re read a simple love story, no mystery, no suspense, no murder, no real drama to speak of, how would it not be “predictable.” Boy and girl, how they meet, or met again, they fall in love and have a HEA. Yeah, that’s pretty “predictable.” It’s every love story out there, just the story has changed. That’s why I’ve started reading romance mysteries and romance spy books. I was getting so tired of page after page of a love story, sometimes 300 or 400 pages of angst and misunderstandings and more pages of filler in order to bring the page count up that high. Simple romance novels just aren’t that entertaining anymore. However, this one was a free read-free listen so I decided to give it a chance, and it only has 210 pages. AND I thought it was really good.
Overall, this was a nice “predictable” love story with great secondary characters, Alex, Tom and Meg. Even Trish and Kevin sounded like a really nice couple, even though they were dead from the beginning of the book.
There was swearing and the F-bomb was said 3 times.
As to the narration: I absolutely love Amy McFadden’s narration. She has so much emotion when she reads. Men sound like men and that’s the most important thing for a female reader to know how to do. And when you add emotions to it it doesn’t get any better than that.
The story was a bit cliche, but it was fine and kept me occupied during my long commute. The narrator was pretty good, although some of the voices were more annoying than others. If you like chick lit, you won't be disappointed.
"A quite incredulous story."
I persevered with this novel because I knew that it would all end well, but to be honest, it is one of the least credulous tales that I've listened to in years.
As far as chick lit goes, I think that the author has misjudged her audience. This is probably best suited for gullible pre teens or young teenagers!
I can't fully explain my incredulity without offering up a spoiler, so suffice to say that, notwithstanding the romantic ending, I don't actually think that Olivia would actually be a suitable mother to her niece…
I listened to this book as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I wouldn't pay for it otherwise, I don't feel that it's worth the investment.
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