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He’s become so handsome I hardly recognized him. Will he be the one to save me?
Melissa was shocked when the man calls her Lissa. The only one who’d ever called her that before was her childhood friend Nick. But in front of her stood a strong, handsome man, the complete opposite of the timid, skinny, glasses-wearing boy she’d once known! After not seeing each other for twenty years, Nick had come back into Melissa’s life, and not a moment too soon. She was hurting, having just been abandoned by her fiancé. After discovering that the other villagers gossip about and pity her, Nick suggests they pretend to be a couple. That way no one will pity her anymore, and maybe her fiancé would even return!
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- good read 4
- JAB 03/28/2019 5 people found the following review helpful
The heroin is facing the usual small town gossip of being the jilted bride to an older man who left her for a younger women. I mean it was ridiculous with these old women gossiping about her tragedy out loud in the heroine's workplace and it's the library!!! Then one day, the heroine runs into the hero who turns out to be a childhood friend. The man offers her a new perspective, a fresh slat, and a face who doesn't look at her with pity. The poor man is immediately placed under scrutiny of the Gossiping Gabbies where one of them thinks she's the next Miss Marple. I have read Miss Marple and the woman couldn't possible be her because if there was one thing that I have read about Miss Marple is that she didn't speak before thinking. It's something the woman can't do and she really takes her methods and imagination to the max. So, the hero and heroine enjoy their time together till the heroine's ex appears with the whole let's be friends thing. He just wants the heroine to carry a torch but he was let down hard when the hero appears to destroy that image. Then the Marple's imposter makes her accusations and even confesses taking the hero's fingerprints to be checked. Apparently, the hero has a record of being arrested when he was at a peaceful demonstration of preserving an old building. The heroine shuts the old woman down on her behavior. It was really impressive and it encourages the two to take a step in their relationship. It all goes well except for the heroine's ex who can't stand the idea of the heroine moving on from him to a guy like the hero. The man was so petty he lied to a hothead to get the hero into a fight and set in jail but the heroine comes to the rescue with calling the sheriff out on his abuse of resources in order to satisfy his aunt's nosy needs. Things go well till the hero's partner (her hoping to be his bride comes up). The ex finds out and can't hold himself back of telling off the heroine about the hero is betraying her and he's the better fit for her. The heroine still rejects him and goes to get the facts from the hero. She overhears the conversation between the hero and OW about him wasting his talent. She decides to lie to push him to leave and go places as they say. They have a short separation but only for the hero to finish his business and be done with the busy and crazy world of Chicago in order to be with the hero because he knew she was lying for him. It was a nice ending and I liked it.
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