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The wedding’s off but the honeymoon is on…
Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh’s wedding, even though he’s marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she’s happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes — and she can show everyone she’s over him.
Truth is, her life isn’t so fabulous. She’s just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won’t pay her rent, and…she’s still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she’s enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.
Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him—why not?
But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon’s there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he’d planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time…
Warning: This book contains a firefighter hot enough to ignite flames, a woman who doesn’t want to get burned again, a honeymoon suite but no honeymoon, and sex not on the beach (sorry).
Helping Josh find his fiancée? Yeah, that sounded like a lot of fun.
At that moment, Devon was tempted to climb over the railing, jump off the boat and swim to shore. Her heart picked up speed and her breathing went shallow as anxiety gripped her. What the hell was she doing?
She forced herself to breathe normally, drawing air into her lungs slowly, fresh briny sea air, forced herself to relax her death grip on the railing. William Mudge. The position at Heffington International. The job she so badly needed, not just to pay her rent, although yeah, that was pretty damn important, but because her career was who she was. It was, sadly, all she had. So, that was what she was doing. This was going to work out perfectly. She stole a glance at Josh.
What if they found Allie there? Then what would they do? Was Josh going to try to fight for her? This could get ugly.
But what if they didn’t find Allie? She had no idea what would happen then.
Josh leaned on the rail beside her and they both stared out at the ocean, undulating in shades of gray and blue, creamy whitecaps dotting the surface here and there. Seagulls soared above, the lowering sun illuminating them pure white against the clear blue sky.
“So,” Devon said. “You and Allie planned to spend your honeymoon on the island.”
“I planned it,” he said. “I just told her about it yesterday so she’d know what to pack.”
“Oh. That’s a beautiful inn.”
“Yeah.” He lifted one big shoulder. “I thought it would be nice. Not too far away. And there are lots of things to do on the island.”
Devon pursed her lips. On a honeymoon, you wouldn’t think they’d care about things to do—beyond getting out of bed to answer the door for room service. But what did she know about honeymoons? Nothing, that’s what.
Are you getting tired of me telling, okay shouting at you to read Kelly Jamieson? No, well here goes again…READ MS. JAMIESON (and no she pay me to say that). In the very crowded world of contemporary authors out there, she is one of the best. She writes intelligent, heartwarming, HAWT, emotional, feel good books about your friends, neighbors, co-workers and maybe even a little bit about yourself.
Promise Harbor could be anywhere but what makes this place so rich are the characters that live there, the promise of new love, second chances at love and a little bit about growing as person when you least expect it.
As you can tell from the synopsis above, this is the story about the GROOM being Jilted and the ex-girlfriend that he left behind because he felt like he had to for the sake of his family. Okay, big mistake #1. Never listen to your family. You should always follow your heart no matter what. As Josh should have know, seeing Devon again at the wedding would set off feelings long thought dead. I mean, she chose her career over him. What’s a guy to do?
Devon is only there to secure a new job not far from Promise Harbor. Getting fired, losing your boyfriend to another woman and having screwed up priorities would make any woman run. One problem with that…she is still in love with Josh but doesn’t want to be the rebound. Let’s not forget about her dad. 🙂
Ms. Jamieson is my idol in the world of contemporary. This book has totally cemented it. While some authors would have Devon and Josh rush to have sex and have it in every other chapter, she allows them to grow individually. Devon and Josh have had to figure out what really went wrong in the relationship before, how to learn from it so that they can build on that.
Both are damaged but as we learn throughout the book, neither one knew how damaged they were. Big Mistake #2…never communicating and really TALKING to each other. Getting to know each as individuals; what makes them tick; weaknesses/faults. All part of relationship building. Again, Ms. Jamieson does this gradually and gracefully.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some tough issues that these two need to work out if they really do want to get back together and in the deft hand of Ms. Jamieson it works. She also builds the sexual tension to a fever pitch BEFORE they sleep together again. With that alone…you should read the book. Nothing says deep character development, communication and the knowing that once the deed is done, there is no going back.
I look forward to reading the other stories in this series and for any true lover of intelligent, well written contemporary stories, please pick Jilted up. You will thank me later.
Oh and Kelly…its one of Harlie’s Best of 2013. 🙂
Kelly Jamieson is a best-selling author of over twenty-five romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”.
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