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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wendy - Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance #2) - Jessica Lemmon


3.5 stars

The Blurb: 
ONCE BURNED Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she's bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by his wicked grin and rock-hard body. Now she can't resist finishing what they started-as long as she doesn't let herself fall in love...
TWICE AS TEMPTING Aiden Downey threw away the best thing he ever had when he let Sadie go, and now he's determined to win back the woman he's always wanted. Sadie agrees to let him into her life-and her bed-as long as there are no strings attached. But Aiden's not about to make the same mistake again. Can he convince her to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?

This book has all the elements to be an engaging read. The MCs are both strong and have a true sense of who they are. Aiden is from a family which is recovering from many losses; the mother from cancer, a sister in law's death and his own broken marriage. On top of all of that suffering, he made the mistake in giving up on a budding love; a love with Sadie.

Sadie has still not recovered from Aiden's rejection of her. Part of the reason is rejection has happened to her one too many times. She was engaged and in the process of arranging all that a girl does to have that perfect wedding, only to find out the man she is to marry has decided to marry her baby sister instead. To add insult to injury, her parents had approved of the switch before Sadie knew she was being dumped.

This tale tells of two people who must learn to trust their instincts; learn that time is precious and there are no guarantees in life. The questions are asked and answered in an entertaining way with lots of cat and mouse sexy times between Aiden and Sadie.

This is a stand alone read with a heartfelt HEA.

Arc was given through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


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