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.
Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
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The quick of it is that Juliana is burnt out. She's been a teacher for over a decade and she needs a fresh start. And at a realty seminar she meets a man and spends the night with him. Little do they realize in the near future they'll be each other's competition and maybe each other's salvation as well.
I loved Connor. He's rebuilding his life in a new town after losing pretty much everything he was--and owned --to addiction. There was a vulnerability to him that really touched my heart. He's good at what he does but his past still really has a grip on him and has isolated him from most of the people in his life. He's a good man that just needs a second chance to make things right and start over. Juliana was an interesting heroine. So often teaching is the goal for a heroine but for her she's running from it and I thought that was a neat twist. I liked that she was willing to take a risk and understood how burned out she was--it happens a lot in my profession as well. She did get on my nerves a little bit with over reacting to some news of Connors and some news they shared but for the most part I was able to get past that and enjoy her.
The two made a good team. There was no denying they connected physically. From the moment they laid eyes on each other and had a one night stand the two just heated things way the hell up. But outside of that they worked really nicely together. A little sarcasm, a little teasing and just being there as they were each taking a huge leap and starting life over as partners in a realty firm and tackle life and their pasts together.
There's just something about this group of people and James' voice that's comforting to me. There lives aren't glamorous and they go through some hardships--no question--but there's a bond and strength to their friendships that's just heart warming and makes you feel safe...even as the reader. I know that may sound a bit silly but that's just the vibe given off by this group. No matter what happens they'll be their for each other and survive it. And damn if that doesn't just make me adore them. From romance to friendship to finding your place in life and having a little fun while doing it The Ladies Who Lunch is just a series that's quickly becoming a favorite.
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