Author: Ines Saint
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Jamie Sullivan is a fun-loving, widowed mother of twin five-year old boys. A creative goldsmith with her own line of designer charms, she is determined to forge her own unique brand of success. Jamie guards a painful secret that leads her to be emphatic about not letting a man into her life: on the day of her late husband’s funeral, she found out he was cheating on her.
Nick Grey is the gorgeous, charming, and daydream-inducing headmaster of the private elementary school Jamie’s children will attend. After single-handedly bringing up his daughter while earning his doctorate and proving himself to the school’s board of directors and the community, he feels burned out. Come the end of the semester, Nick is taking a year off to travel the world.
When they meet, an instant attraction blazes through both. Nick and Jamie soon find their hard earned peace of mind threatened by meddling matchmakers, old rivalries, and children who can’t keep their feet out of their mouths. Nick’s not interested in starting over and raising kids again, and Jamie’s sure she can’t trust her heart.
This was a very sweet romance story. It was one of those contemporary romance stories that could actually be true. What I mean by that, is there wasn’t the overly dramatic chemistry and desire on either the hero or heroine’s parts that make you think no one meets and falls in love like that in real life. It was more of a slow to boil romance and that really fit the characters and the place the characters were at in their lives.
Nick and Jamie meet for the first time when she has an appointment with Nick, the headmaster of the private school Jamie would like her son’s to attend. Their first meeting doesn’t go as well as it could have; however, Jamie still feels that Grey Private Elementary is where her boys should be so she enrolls them. For the fall semester, Jamie and Nick do this back and forth thing where they enjoy each other’s friendship but when things get too close for comfort they try and back off from one another. After all, he is leaving in a couple of months to travel the world for a year (his daughter has just gone off to college) and she doesn’t want a man in her life since she is focusing on raising her twin sons. Of course, we can’t always plan who we fall in love with…
This book was well written and I enjoyed the interactions of the family and friends involved in Nick and Jamie’s lives. I thought the kids in the book added to the story very well, too. The hockey rivalry between Jamie’s Brother Justin and Nick was fun to watch throughout the book. I wanted to hurry up the story, but not in the sense that it was slow reading. I just wanted Nick and Jamie to admit their feelings for each other that everyone around them could already see that had for one another! If you are looking for a sweet, clean, romance story that has strong family ties in it, give this book a try!
Reviewed by: Amy R.