Series: The Ladies Who Lunch #2
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.
Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship—no matter how perfect it may seem.
Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start—and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.
I liked this book, mainly because I liked the woman, Juliana. Juliana comes from a special needs teaching position, and I think she just needed to find something else to do, I’ve seen this happen to teachers before, they burn out. So for Juliana, starting up a career in real estate is just what she is looking for, plus her ex works at the school she works at, so hey this is just added incentive for her to strike out on her own.
I really liked that Juliana saw that she was missing something in her life and then actively went out to change it. I absolutely hate when people complain about their lives but have no desire to get up and do something about it, and I absolutely loved that Juliana went at this goal full force. She made herself an office at her house, learned all about real estate, and started finding clients on her own, I was very impressed by her attitude and abilities on the work front.
Now relationship wise, there was definitely some things to work through. Juliana meets Conner at a seminar and their chemistry is electric. One night in a hotel room turns into a real estate partnership, which I think works well for them. Conner definitely has some skeletons in his closet, but all in all he’s a good guy. I think he makes some mistakes in their relationship, maybe not being as forthcoming as he should have been. But Juliana makes some mistakes as well. Juliana seems to have some issues with trust and its because of those issues that she doesn’t talk to Conner as much as she should about some things that are really important. There was more than one occasion where I wanted to shake her and just tell her to open up her mouth and talk to Conner. I mean seriously sometimes two people need to just sit down and have a conversation.
I liked the friendships that both Juliana and Conner had. I liked that Juliana’s friends were so quick to call her out on things, but were equally protective of her and her happiness. And I really liked that Conner had a friend who was so there for him and willing to put herself out on the line for him when his reputation is at stake (there’s a big jerk in this story who really tries to bring Conner down).
Overall, I liked the story, I liked the chemistry that was between Juliana and Conner. I thought that the ending was perfect for them. And more than that I liked that these characters were people I could easily see existing in the real world. Flawed people, looking for second chances. I think it’s definitely a book people looking for a romance would enjoy.