Forty-two and widowed, romance writer Jillian Grant believes hospitals equal death. Plagued by loss and convinced more is imminent when her aunt ends up in critical condition after heart surgery; she has come to equate the absence of pain with happiness. When she spots a hot, young landscaper working on the hospital grounds with an eerie resemblance to the male lead in her next novel, she convinces him to pose as her cover model.
Working multiple jobs to put himself through college, twenty-four-year-old Raine MacDonald is no stranger to loss. Behind his handsome face and rockin’ body lies family tragedy and agonizing secrets. When circumstances put him back in the path of his abusive father, fate delivers Jillian as his unwitting savior. Thing is, when he thinks of her, his thoughts are far from platonic.
Despite their age difference, Jillian and Raine discover they’re more alike than they could ever imagine. But torn between facing her own fears and grasping a chance at happiness, Jillian makes a soul-shattering decision that threatens to blow their world apart. @goodreads
Well here is another pleasant surprise in books. And I have to admit, I did judge the book by it's cover when I first signed up for it :-)
This is book is about Jillian who is a forty-two-year-old romance writer. She lost her husband and several other family members that she loved and she doesn't feel like there is anything out there left for her and she's scared. All she has is her older sister Kitty after they lose the last living relative.
One day when Jillian is leaving the hospital she has to ask a landscaping company to move their truck so she could get by and lo and behold - she meets Raine! Sexy, handsome, considerate Raine. He's only twenty-four but we don't find that out until a little later. Jillian knows he's young and she also knows he will make a perfect cover for the current book she is writing. Jillian makes him a proposition to model for some photo's, she's a photographer as well, and he agrees. Of course she then has to get in an argument with her agent about getting the publishing company to let her design her own book cover. Good times.
I loved how the chemistry between Raine and Jillian moves slowly through out the book and how they are so perfect for each other despite their age. I mean old arse men can date young arse women so get over it! Anyhoo, when they do finally get their thing on, it's pretty intense! to say the least.
I mean it is very erotic but very good because that is not all the book is about. Well, one part did gross me out that has to do with a sac but I'm not going there <---
Jillian and Raine both have baggage from their pasts, Raine's not all being in the past. I explained how Jillian has lost so many people, but Raine lost his mother when he was a little younger and his father was abusive to him until he finally got away from him. Unfortunately, Raine had to live with his father for a little bit until Raine ended up in the hospital and Jillian moved him in with her. I thought Raine's father was a horrible person, but things don't always turn out as they seem. Yes, the father did have problems back in the day but certain things he did had a reason behind it and it was really sad. Raine's mom was a famous fashion model and an artist, his dad still had a lot of her paintings and Jillian remembers her too.
After a few bumps in the road, Jillian and Raine finally get to where they belong.
I don't want to give out too many spoilers so I will just say this was a really good book and if your looking for a romance book with a little smut with a very good story, this is another one to add to your list!
*I would like to thank Kim Miller-Author Publicist, and Collins-Young Publishing for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in exchange for my honest review.*
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