FIVE WOMEN. ONE NIGHT. ONE YEAR TO GET IT RIGHT.
A Real Man
by Jackie Leigh Allen
About the Book:
Stifled by her previous marriage, widowed Melissa swears to find herself a real man—but Matt finds her instead, rescuing her from a car wreck and proving that the years since high school have only made him more desirable.
A crash resounded; Melissa's chest hit the steering wheel, the air bag deployed with a bang then black silence. A moment later, or so it seemed, a siren howled in the night. She opened her eyes and lifted her head.
Her neck ached, her head pounded, slivers of steel pierced her eyes. A rap on her window. A man in uniform crouched beside her window for an instant then opened the door. "Can you hear me?" a deep voice asked. A voice that twanged a chord inside her despite her various aches and pains.
Good. She pleased the sensuous voice. Good.
"I'm going to touch you."
Warm fingers smoothed over her forehead, down her cheeks, behind the base of her skull.
"Does any of this hurt?"
His touch? No! Oh, he meant her head.
"My head. My neck. My eyes. All of them."
"Anywhere else?" His long fingers moved over her shoulders, along her arms, around her hips and down her legs.
"Feels good." Damn. She'd said that out loud.
"I'd better check your head again."
He pulled off her ski hat and gasped. "Melissa Martin?"
The question in his suddenly familiar voice blasted her eyelids up. In the dim light she saw a man with a dark beard around a sensual mouth. Her gaze moved up past a scar on his cheek to dark, concerned eyes then back to the scar she'd kissed a hundred times a lifetime ago. "Matt Conroy?"
I was excited to review this book and the entire series of books. This series is about a group of girls, friends from college, and their getting together on New Year’s Eve. When they were in college, they made a list of qualities they wanted to find in a husband. With all of them single again, they make a new list and challenge to find someone by next year.
This is Melissa’s story. Melissa is currently attending grad school and on her way to a study session with Jason, she is involved in a crash. Her knight and shining armor arrives to help rescue her from her injuries. Soon she finds herself with her previous high school boyfriend who when he let her go, really hurt her heart. Not knowing if she should trust him, Melissa dates him with caution.
I enjoyed this story in this series as well. I didn’t connect with it as well as the first book, but overall I liked the story. This romance story is largely drawn on insecurities of both Melissa and Matt. The author is able to throw both characters into situations that cause the other one to remember the past. I do have to say I disliked both Annie and Jeff, but did really like Captain Carter. The benefit dinner at the end was my favorite part of the book.
I would recommend this book to those reading the series and anyone who likes a sweet, quick read romance.
Jackie Leigh Allen enjoys writing and is delighted to be published. A Real Man is the second of five novellas from Boroughs Publishing Group. The New Year's Eve Club features five friends looking for the right man with a New Year's Eve deadline to find him. My short story, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, was released as part of the Lunchbox Romance line.
· Website www.jackieleighallen.com