Today I have a wonderful second-chance romance for you, the first I have read from this author in this penname. Sandra Renee Appet brings heart, heat and a touch of San Antonio to the forefront in
Fire and Midnight
Jane is at a crossroads: work is going well, her son is in university and her apartment is empty. With newly signed divorce papers and an ex-husband that lost her trust and shattered her confidence, only her best friend Charlotte would be bold enough to push her into the abyss.
The dating abyss: building a profile and setting up her profile on a website featuring male escorts, Charlotte pushed Jane to make one date during her upcoming business trip. Spotting Ryan on the site was the bonus, and a few glasses (or bottle –who’s counting) of wine later, and the plans were set.
Ryan worked for The Cowboys site to build his own slush fund for his dream of a restaurant. Now refusing to take calls from the owner, he’s made The Vine a success, and isn’t interested in the lifestyle of an escort, even for an unbelievable amount of money. But, he agrees after seeing Jane’s photo – and we are off.
These two are adorable together: with a touch of miscommunication and a healthy dose of interference from his sister and her ex-husband, their paths mightn’t have crossed again but for Jane’s return to celebrate a national deal for her client in the city. What was thought (on both sides) to be simple infatuation soon had them facing the real truth of love and forever. With a few instances of revelations for themselves and others, the story works a gentle path to happy ever after.
Using family dynamics, a bit of tequila and more than a few instant (and incorrect) assumptions, there is plenty of bite in the story to keep you engaged, al while rooting for Jane. While she is often a bit too willing to assume blame for my tastes, this is balanced with Ryan’s take charge and logical side that provides a version of herself she never does see. Reinforced by the mea culpa from her ex-husband, a heart-to-heart with Ryan’s sister Maya and one wonderful nurse in the NICU, the growth and development of the characters moves nicely from beginning to end.
Title: Fire and Midnight
Author: Sandra Renee Appet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Published on: 18 October, 2016
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He could be her best worst decision...
With a glass of wine in hand, Jane Keegan’s finger is poised to delete the account her pushy BFF created for her on “The Cowboys” escort service website. Sure, she’s lonely, but not desperate. Then an image of sky-blue eyes and warm, tanned muscles jumps off the screen. And she finds herself hitting the “Book Now” button.
After all, why not? She’s a free, divorced woman on business in San Antonio. There’s nothing to lose…except her nerve. Especially when Mr. Tall Dark And Incredibly Sexy meets her at a River Walk bar—and his only-for-you smile turns her insides into a quivering mass of second thoughts.
Ryan Zeigler is enduring one last escort assignment only as a favor before hanging up his Cowboys hat to run his own restaurant. Yet there’s something about the pretty New Yorker’s vulnerable grin and I’ve-got-baggage eyes that halts his usual dating M.O. in its tracks.
When Ryan sweetens the deal—no strings, no payment expected—Jane the good girl takes the bold step of letting her vixen out to play. But when it’s time to go home, her heart is at a crossroads. Is Ryan the real deal? Or is she letting yet another man take her heart for a ride?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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