How can she forgive him for what he didn't do?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release Date: Nov 1st
Photographer Izzy Cooper feels as frozen as her pictures. Trent Palmer might be the hottest firefighter in Templeton Cove, but she can never face him again. Not after he failed to save her brother. But when they're forced together by a calendar shoot, the sparks between them are undeniable.
Izzy knows it's not fair to blame Trent for the tragedy, but opening herself up to loss again isn't something she's prepared to do, no matter how determined Trent is to show her that pain is part of life and that love—their love—can make any suffering bearable.
The security alarm chimed. Someone had stepped inside the studio. Exhaling a heavy breath, Izzy pulled back her shoulders, lifted her head and forced a smile.
“Hi, how can I…” Her heart stopped. Trent Palmer stood just inside the door. “Why are you here?”
His dark green gaze bored relentlessly into hers, his strong jaw set as he reached behind him and shut the door. “I came by to see how you’re doing.”
Traitorous attraction skittered over the surface of her skin before Izzy turned and strode toward the corner she used for staging portrait shots. The fluffy bunnies, huge furry dice and toys she’d used to relax a toddler earlier now felt macabre.
She spun around, clutching a teddy bear. “The same as I was doing yesterday and the day before. I told you I don’t want to see you. I don’t ever want to see you. Why do you keep coming back?”
He came closer, his gaze locked on hers. “You have to talk to me. I was Robbie’s friend. There was nothing—”
“You could do. Fine. I get it, but why do you feel the need to keep coming in here and checking up on me? What do you want me to do? Dance in the street? Kick up my heels at the fairground? God, just leave me alone.”
“There’s a beach party tonight. I want you to come with me.”
She stared. Why him? Why would a man she really liked—a damn firefighter—have to pursue her like she was someone worth pursuing? “No.”
He looked at the equipment covering the desk alongside him. He lifted and replaced a camera, the hunch of his wide shoulders indicating his discomfort. Izzy hated that she drew no satisfaction from that…only sadness.
Take two wonderful, generous, good looking people who care about others, toss them into a close community where everyone feels they are made for each other, and what could possibly go wrong?I think both the author and I worked out some grief issues as we made our way cover to cover in this complex lesson on how different people grieve.
The book begins by showing us the HOT chemistry that exists between photographer Izzy Cooper and her brother Robbie's best friend, firefighter Trent Palmer. We see their good character when we hear about the plans they have to do a fundraising calendar along with Izzy's best friend Kate.
BOOM! Tragedy strikes! And the grief insinuates itself into Izzy's life and tangles around her every fiber. She loses her joy for life and pushes away everyone who has any meaning to her, including her parents. She pushes especially hard away from Kate and Trent, and if it were not for her truly charitable character, that calendar project as well. This grief does its best to change who Izzy believes herself to be. I have had grief like that.
The remainder of the book deals with how Izzy grieves and how those around her struggle to help her or get out of her way. We learn a deep, dark secret about Trent's past that he uses to try and get Izzy to relate, but his well meaning attempt also gets bent and tarnished by Izzy's grief.
Will another deep hurt make a difference or will Izzy's troubles make it more difficult for Trent to deal with added tragedy in his life? Sorrow and misunderstanding heap upon raw hurst over and over. The only bright spot in the story is dear, little Maya, for whom they are doing the calendar project.
Getting scarily close to the end of this book, things have not yet worked out.
Is there hope for Izzy and Trent? What about those they love and are affected by this all encompassing grief?
You'll have to read to find out.
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
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