When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. Surviving a failed marriage and an illness that almost takes her life, high school teacher Mallory Hamilton needs the Ladies Who Lunch more than ever . . .
After a year of upheaval, Mallory has had her fill of change–with one exception. Her house is a disaster, and she wants it fixed. Hiring a contractor to finish the projects her ex-husband started will help her banish the past so she can return to the life she had before everything went awry. But her contractor is sexy, sweet, and single which threatens the peaceful, solitary life Mallory has planned for herself.
Ben Carpenter has had a hard time raising his daughter without his ex-wife’s help. His new client’s projects will give him the extra income he needs, not to mention afternoons alone with a gorgeous woman. Though their attraction is undeniable, Ben sees the fear and pain hiding in Mallory’s beautiful eyes. But how can he help her if she won’t let him in? Ben can fix about anything, but can he fix Mallory’s broken heart?
Review: This was a feel good romance even if there were some not so happy goings on with ex-spouses, illness and fear. Mallory and Ben had chemistry from the moment they met when he went to her house to give her an estimate for some remodeling she wanted done. Even though they didn’t let on to the other they both felt sparks although neither was in a place to do anything about it because of the messes their lives were in but it sure was fun to watch the fire flame.
Mallory had three good friends – the ladies she lunched with – but they didn’t always feel her happiness or seem to want her happy where it concerned Ben. There were family, friends, coworkers, happiness, sorrow, fear, tears, laughter, romance and love. Ben’s daughter, Amber, was a delight and wise beyond her years. There was a happily ever after and nice closure. It’s great that this is only book one in the series and I’ll get to meet up with Mallory, Ben, Dani, Jules and Beth in future books even if Jules could be abrasive at times. All in all a book that kept my interest from the first page to the last so much so that I didn’t want to put it down and stayed up later than I should reading it.
I have read other books by James, who has become a favorite author, and jumped at the chance to review this book when she asked me if I would like to do so. I have read two of her series – one contemporary and the other fantasy as well as one other stand alone book. I look forward to reading many more of her books in the future.
Favorite Quote: Then Mallory Hamilton had called to ask his help. A week of getting to know her while he fixed her foyer floor and put a new toilet and vanity in her downstairs half bath, and he’d found himself besotted.