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Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects, and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister - Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth, and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise 12-year-old. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an Online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of love. But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit...until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

In this emotional, funny, and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family - blended by surprise, not by choice - and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

©2018 Susan Mallery, Inc. (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Narrator makes a difference

I read an excerpt of this book and was excited to get the whole book. It was a fun story, however I have decided that I don't care for this particular narrator (whom I have listened to before). I have read and listened to many Susan Mallery books but may just stick to reading from now on.

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Difficult to listen to

The book was enjoyable except for the clumsily written obligatory sex scenes which I fast forwarded through and didn't miss anything. The narrator had apparently been told her diction needed work, so she was very careful to pronounce the word "to" very clearly, which made the reading very stilted and awkward. I will not skip listening to samples in the future.

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Good except

I loved the story but I wish authors would not put in the sex scenes in graphic detail. It doesn't add to the story and I think readers get it without it. When I'm listening to my stories in the car I don't want to have to pay that close attention to the off button when I have a passenger.

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Terrible narrator

I couldn't even finish the first chapter. The narrator's clipped diction isn't normal. Everything is spoken as if by a non-English speaking person; every consonant is emphasized and hard.

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Refreshing Story

This is my 2nd book by Susan Mallery and I loved the story. 4.5 stars. I like Tanya Eby but the characters sounded the same at times. This story was different and a refreshing change. I loved all the main characters: Malcolm, Santiago Callie, Keira, and Delaney. Great story about a blended family and finding love.

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  • J.
  • Mount Vernon, VA, United States
  • 08-02-18

Excellent as always

Excellent story with a nice storyline. The perfomance was 5 star again. Keep the Books coming.

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  • B. D.
  • Pure Michigan
  • 08-01-18

Another Mallory Winner!

..And Susan Mallery does it again. After not reading anything written by Mallory or read by Eby for a long time, I decided I’d try again. Mallery’s stories were beginning to all sound the same to me. But I took a chance on this one and was pleasantly surprised. I really loved this one, and I especially loved the characters. This story was new and fresh and went right to the very end, keeping me totally engaged. If you’re a Susan Mallery fan, this one is a keeper.

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Loved it

A little piece of home between the pages. Loved all the characters and great plot twist. Made you feel like you were living the emotional ride with them.

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Different, nice twist.

There has been a lot of Romace books out there, I loved the nice twist that the Romance was built around a story! The book is around 3 siblings, who had no idea they had each other, they all had to learn about family with trial and error! Susan Mallery wrote this book in a amazing way. You had smiles Tears and let us not forget the hot 🔥Wooweeee romance, a few good times I needed a deep breath and hard swallow lol, she tastefully wrote the first "sex" making love times very well done. nailing one woman who last and only twice sexual encounter, taking it slow because as he put it"born again virgin". The humor of her going so long without it, him trying to respect her as a woman, with her finally basically saying something like if you don't jump my bones, I am going to jump yours here!!!! A lot of humor, good family time and growing as a famiky. A good read, one in glad I did not miss!!

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Five-star story!

Great book. First Susan Mallery book I’ve read in a while, but I liked it because it was a standalone. Now I wish there were more stories… The ending seemed slightly abrupt, but I highly recommend it!