He sees a future with her. She can’t escape her past. Will undeniable chemistry lead to the greatest mistake or a happy accident?
Lance Mullen is just putting his life back together. Returning to Cliffside Bay to open a bookstore after losing his high-powered NYC job, the only thing missing is the perfect woman. But when a wild New Year’s party leads to a fateful first kiss with the gorgeous employee who has friend-zoned him, he isn’t sure if he’s unleashed a nightmare or found a dream come true.
Former librarian Mary Hansen knows loss better than anyone. After a miscarriage led to a divorce, she promised she’d never open herself up to heartbreak again. But when a few too many holiday drinks set off a night of drunken passion, she’s terrified to discover she’s pregnant with her boss’s baby.
Marrying her so she can use his insurance, Lance despairs that she doesn’t see him as anything more than a pal. And with the life she once yearned for at last within her reach, Mary fears she’s doomed to repeat her painful history.
Will these two unlucky souls find their happily ever after with each other?
Tainted: Lance and Mary is the fifth book in the tear-jerking Cliffside Bay women’s romantic fiction series. If you like friends-to-lovers stories, steamy attractions, and small-town sagas, then you’ll adore Tess Thompson’s heart-fluttering tale.
Buy Tainted: Lance and Mary to fan the flames of desire today!
Loved this book.
This book gripped me from the beginning. I read it in a day. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. One minute the tears welled in my eyes with sadness and heartbreak, and the next I was mopping them up with happiness. I found myself laughing out loud in the middle of the night at the hilariously clever dialogue between all of the characters. What a dream man Lance is. God, please send me one of him my way.
I can’t wait to read Pepper and Stones story. I’m buying right after I click send in this review 😉
Tainted: Lance and Mary
Highly recommended. Well developed characters added to this truly lovely series. Another standalone book, you don’t have to read them in order. Romance, sadness and tears, a little intrigue, and a wonderfully crafted story.