by Kathleen Ann Gallagher
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Desire wins the lead role.
Sadie Layne, a creative and motivated high school drama teacher, is grateful for second chances. After surviving breast cancer, she embarks on a celebratory trip to LA with her two best friends. Sadie never expected to run into the handsome and charming Vince De Carlo in the hotel lobby. She hasn’t seen Vince much since they worked together in a theater company years ago. Their meeting interrupts her plans and reminds her of the life she left behind.
Vince, a struggling actor and cover model, is in LA to promote a television pilot. His old attraction to Sadie is stronger than ever. He never forgot her, even though a trusted friendship and a scripted kiss was all they’d shared.
The reunited pair give in to temptation, but reality soon collides with lust as strong doubts about their blossoming romance get in the way. Sadie dreads facing her defeat as an actress, and Vince doesn’t think a struggling actor like himself is capable of providing the accomplished teacher with what she deserves.
Will the couple find a way to keep their sizzling romance alive and build a future together? Or will their uncertainty win the lead role and smother the flames?
How on earth was she supposed to explain spending the night out to her friends? Her heart told her to stay with Vince. It wasn’t as if they’d just met. Some of the students in the workshop had told her he’d had the hots for her, nevertheless, she’d insisted it was platonic. It took honesty on her part to admit she’d had a strong physical attraction to him. All these years her fairy-tale romance was right in front of her eyes, and she had looked past it to put her acting career first. Her whole world had revolved around the theater. How could she have lied to herself for so long? If she’d known her path would divert into a different direction, she might have done things differently. At the time, her goals had come before any form of romance. No more. Not this time. She was going for it. Full speed ahead, girl. So long regrets.
“You have no idea how much I want you, and I always have. You’re the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. There is no other woman who can compare to you, Sadie.”
He trailed his tongue along her cheek and nibbled at her neck. Chills ran rampant through her body. Each gentle touch of his strong fingers along the inside of her thigh getting higher and higher. Sadie’s arousal escalated, and she wanted nothing more than to rip his clothes off. He made his way back up to her mouth, and she parted her lips to welcome his tongue. His passionate kiss intensified her longing to have all of him.
“I want you too,” she whispered softly.
This book was a good from start to finish but I did have some issues with some it. Here’s what I liked about it:
- Sadie – I really liked her and felt for what she had gone through. She wasn’t a simpering heroine but she did need her besties to push her at times.
- Vince – He’s a romance cover model. You knew, right? Also, I liked that he respected her friends when they were in Los Angeles. He tried not to be overeager at times and backed off when Sadie had other plans.
- The besties – they need their own stories. Loved them. Not intrusive but had heart and humor.
- Location – Nothing beats sitting by a pool with an adult beverage.
- Sadie at her school. Those were sweet scenes that made her realize that she did have the best in her life and to not look back at what COULD have been.
What didn’t work for me were the smexy times. I know, what is wrong with me? I felt like they were rushed at times. Plus, Sadie’s breast cancer was brushed over with Vince. I felt like that should have been talked about more between them.
Overall, I really did enjoy this second chance love story. Truly I did. Ms. Gallagher writes with heartfelt emotion and humor. Plus, I just love the name Vince. My grandfather’s name was Vince. 😉 Now, let’s bug her to write stories for Sadie’s two besties. Whose with me?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. Kathleen discovered her passion for reading and writing in the fourth grade. She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.
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