Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: ARe Books
Date of Publication: November 1, 2015
Word Count: 28,500
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill
Will she get her wish when she blows out Forty Candles?
Chloe Walker did everything right. She went to college, got a good job, dated the right men—everything. Peering at forty from a bit too close, she realizes she can be miserable that she didn’t end up happily married to the handsome prince…or she can count her lucky stars. She tries to go with stars, but the universe seems to have other plans.
Jack Leonard has loved Chloe since they were kids. He’s stood by her through all life’s little messes, been her shoulder to cry on, and figured one day they’d wind up together. He figures he’s just waiting her out. When her life goes swirly, he’s got to convince her that some men are worth risking it all for.
Can Jack make Chloe rethink her birthday wish or will she get just what she asked for when she blows out Forty Candles?
Forty Candles is a short but rather amazing story centering around Chloe and Jack.
Chloe is a tortured woman that has endured two painful divorces, one between her parents when she was a young girl, and one when she was 25 years of age, with her own husband!
Jack is her childhood friend and her first boyfriend, who stayed beside her through all the hardships of her life even after they split up. He has loved her since the first time they had been together but Chloe is afraid to let go of her insecurities. She thinks she is incapable of feeling love and committing to a faithful relationship.
I loved the chemistry between the two heroes and the way the events unfolded.
It was a passionate story that I had expected to revolve around sex, but I am glad to admit that it did not. It was so much more, with quite realistic protagonists that dealt with real life problems.
I greatly enjoyed both the storyline and the way the author writes. I will definitely try more of her books, soon!
All in all, 5 stars for a great read that I deeply enjoyed!
About the Author
Virginia Nelson, USA Today bestselling author, likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can't remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue. Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.
For more information on other books by Virginia, visit her website: www.virg-nelson.com
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