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Romance is sweeter the second time around, especially when the mercenary heroine finally realizes what is important in life, and grows up a bit, at 40.
I’ve read a few of these stories, Shelly Ellis builds amazing characters that are sure to make you love or hate them equally. This storyline is further laden with conflict as all of the sisters have been raised with an eye to the ‘bottom line’, not the character or kindness of the men they target. While I won’t moralize on the wrongness of that trait, I will say that making me enjoy a book despite that major deficit as I enter the story is a testament to the writing.
Cynthia is a 40 something divorced woman, with a 19 year old daughter. Time is coming for her to find her next meal ticket, and goes to some fairly outlandish steps to set up her conquest. But, it all goes horribly wrong when her first real love from high school reappears in her life, seemingly still inappropriate for her ‘black card’ dreams.
Korey is also divorced with a 19 year old son, but he’s worked hard to get what he has: a chain of successful auto repair shops, but he still prefers simple and honest to Cynthia’s snobby ways. He’s never been able to get her out of his head though, and these two have TONS of baggage and bad feelings to get past. And they have to get past them quickly – since their kids have eloped to Vegas to marry, against everyone’s wishes.
What Ellis does with great style is bring us into their history and present, as they battle and make up – with Cynthia’s dramatic overreactions and Korey’s doing his best to NOT lose his temper. Their relationship from anger and avoidance to speaking terms, and more.
We also get a chance to check in on the sisters: Stephanie, Lauren and Dawn and see what a bit of maturity and ignoring the “gold digger rules’ has actually done for their own lives. Full of little and not so little dramas, tension, heart and above all, growth for Cynthia that surpassed even what I could think possible, this story was a winner.
Title: The Best She Ever Had
Author: Shelly Ellis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Dafina
Published on: 30 December, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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One by one, the infamous Gibbons sisters of Chesterton, Virginia, are giving up their gold digging ways--except the eldest, who's holding out for her seven figure man. But her heart may have less expensive tastes. . .
Thanks to her cold-hearted ways with men, Cynthia Gibbons doesn't blame the folks in town for calling her the "Ice Queen." They don't know the secret she's kept for twenty years--that she once fell crazy in love with a guy who had no money, a guy who broke her heart in the worst possible way. But now Korey Walker is back in town, and Cynthia isn't sure how much longer she can keep the biggest secret of all--that she still loves him.
With a divorce behind him, and his new auto repair shop thriving, Korey is looking to the future--until he sets eyes on Cynthia and the past comes roaring back. Even now, Korey doesn't understand Cynthia's hostility--after all, she's the one who broke his heart. He decides to ignore her--until he discovers that his teenage son has fallen for Cynthia's daughter. Determined to stop history from repeating itself, Korey and Cynthia will have to band together. But will keeping their kids apart bring them closer--or destroy their lives for good?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.