Chloe Walker did everything right. She went to college, got a good job, dated the right men—everything. Peering at forty from a bit too close, she realizes she can be miserable that she didn’t end up happily married to the handsome prince…or she can count her lucky stars. She tries to go with stars, but the universe seems to have other plans.
Jack Leonard has loved Chloe since they were kids. He’s stood by her through all life’s little messes, been her shoulder to cry on, and figured one day they’d wind up together. He figures he’s just waiting her out. When her life goes swirly, he’s got to convince her that some men are worth risking it all for.
Can Jack make Chloe rethink her birthday wish or will she get just what she asked for when she blows out Forty Candles?
This book opens with Chloe’s 39th birthday. Celebrating with friends, she decides to put herself out there more to maybe find the right relationship in the process.
Jack on the other hand has been her best friend since they were children. He wants more, he wants the relationship with her, but she keeps pushing him away. Opening up to his best friend Dillon, he ends up betting on the outcome of his plan to pursue Chloe. His plan to slowly woo her and not become a notch in her bedpost.
I feel for Chloe, it’s hard when you start to doubt your self worth because of dumb arse exes and the years passing by. This is especially true when friends are getting married and are blissfully in love.
Jack has to find a way to win her heart, and stop her self destructiveness. But will it be too little, too late.
A quick and satisfying read. I loved the interaction between all the characters and of course there were smoldering hot scenes as well. I do admit I wanted to smack the two of them a few times but that’s what makes a good story.
5 Contented Purrs for Virginia!
Virginia Nelson likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue. Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude–not always in that order.