I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Best of Me by Elisabeth Barrett
Series: Return to Briarwood #2
Published by Loveswept on January 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Jane Pringle never meant to fall for her boss. After landing a job as a pastry chef at the exclusive Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club in Eastbridge, Connecticut, she just wants to keep her son in a good school district and find some peace and quiet, far away from her manipulative ex-husband. But when Briarwood’s charismatic co-owner takes an interest in her, Jane’s best-laid plans go awry . . . in the sweetest way possible.
Rich and handsome, the grandson of one of the most powerful men in New York City, Preston North hasn’t lived quite the charmed life everyone believes. His family taught him everything he needs to know about betrayal—and Press wants no more of it. What he wants is Jane. The gorgeous single mom is selfless and kind, plus she’s got a backbone. To win her trust, Press just needs to shake off his playboy reputation.
They’ve each been burned in the past. But now Press and Jane will have to choose between letting their fears get the best of them . . . or breaking free and following their hearts.
Jane Pringle is a pastry chef at the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club, fulfilling a dream to be mentored by a master. She’s recently divorced from an abusive man and has sole custody of their 7-year old son, Andy. He’s challenging the custody arrangement out of spite and she’s doing everything to prove she’s a fit mother. When Preston (Press) North enters her orbit, she’s terrified that a relationship with him might jeopardize her custody battle and she doesn’t trust her judgment in picking men.
This was a lovely story considering Press conquered his own demons, rising from the awful depths of a year-long alcohol stupor to straighten out his life. Jane found her way out of an abusive relationship and has created not only a career but a real and surrogate family with friends and co-workers to help nurture her son. Her relationship with Press is tender, sweet and seductive, which was perfectly suited for both of them. Her son Andy was also just adorable.
I loved how both characters were portrayed, highlighting the best of them without overlooking their flaws. The romance was wonderful and the challenges they both faced were realistic and expertly woven into their relationship development. I really enjoyed this story and am very much liking the direction of this series.
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