Series: Silver Creek #2.5
Published by Penguin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Lucy Ryan got everything she thought she wanted, going from high school queen to Manhattan trophy wife. But none of it was worth staying in a loveless marriage. So now she’s back in Silver Creek—with no money and no place to stay, applying for a job cleaning someone else’s house. And her potential employer is the last person she ever expected to see again.
Mac Denton can’t believe the mean girl who once tormented him in high school is now his housekeeper. He looks forward to making her squirm for a few days before she runs back to her rich husband. But Lucy has changed, and he is surprised to find himself attracted to the beautiful, courageous woman she has become.
Lucy is finally ready to go after what she really wants from life. And what she wants more than anything is Mac. But is Mac ready to truly forget the past and embrace the future?
I read a Maisey Yates book not to long ago, and I really thought she did a great job with subject matter and connecting with the reader, so when the option to read this book came up it was a no brainer. This is a shorter novella book, so if you are thinking about giving Maisey a try, this would be a great book to try her out with.
I am kind of a huge fan of second chances, and even though most second chances are about reconnecting with a past love, this is more of second chance for two people who were both very different when they knew each other and did not have the best of relationships. So short plot summery, Lucy left her emotionally abusive husband and moved back to her hometown, only to be turned out by her parents and in dire need of work and a place to live. The guy she used to torment in high school gives her a job, and it doesn’t escape him how the tables are now turned for the two of them.
While it would be easy for Mac to take advantage of the fact that his high school bully is now cleaning his floors, he really never does. He’s actually really kind to her. Sure he makes a couple comments in the beginning, but he’s never overtly rude to her, or really anything like that. Instead he’s really patient with her, even though she doesn’t know how to cook and turns out some terrible meals at first, he encourages her and really helps to build her severely diminished self-esteem. For me that made me fall in love with him.
As for Lucy, well I was really impressed by her. She found herself in a hard situation, and when she had to start over from scratch, she was ready to do the work. She was humble about it too. She knew she had done mean things to Mac in her past, and she knew it might be difficult to work her way past those things, but she did anyway. And as time went on Mac really helped her turn grow into a her own person, they kind of person who could stand up for what she wanted. And there comes a point in the story where she actually walks away from something because it wasn’t enough of what she wanted. I was really proud of her in that moment.
My only complaint about the novella was that it was short (which is why I tend to avoid novellas, cause they always leave me wanting more). That being said, I went a bought a couple more Maisey Yates books after reading this one because if I liked two books in two totally different series by her, then she’s a pretty good writer, and she has definitely gained a fan. So if you like contemporary romance or are looking for a new writer to try out, this is totally a book you should give a chance.