YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE
Jessica Flynn can't wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.
Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there's something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he's finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can't help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he's been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him...
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Second Chance For Jessica and Mark
Mark, the son of a mom who abandoned him at six years old, grew up a very angry child. His mom dropped him off at school with a note in his back pack, never to return. While bouncing around various foster homes, Mark meets Ryan and Ethan. The trio become "brothers". In high school, Mark meets and falls for Jessica. Wanting what's best for Jessica, her dad decides to have a talk with Mark with hopes of steering him in the right direction. Mark takes the advice to heart and enlists leaving Jessica to suffer her first broken heart.
Fast forward several years.....the band of brothers are in business together running an outdoors adventure zip lining course, rock climbing area, etc. Looking to expand their business by adding a mountain bike trail, they put in an offer to purchase the land next to them. Little did they know there were other interested parties...
Jessica always had dreams of opening her own spa with hot springs. When the land beside her goes up for sale, she places a bid. The bidding war begins. After losing the final bid, Jessica concedes and believes her dreams are lost forever. Days later, she's approached by Mark with a joint venture. Mark suggests they go in together so they can top the other buyer's offer. Mark suggests they divide up the land and they will both get what they want. Jessica reluctantly agrees.
As Jessica and Mark work together to build their dreams, they can't deny they still have strong feelings for each other. When Jessica is confronted with a health scare, Mark is right there by her side. He vows to help her and convince her he's a different man than the boy who left years ago. But he will makes mistakes...
This is the third in the Risking It All series and my favorite novel yet!!! I loved it! The chemistry was off the charts. Mark was broody, but sexy. Silent, but charming. He was supportive without being too pushy. The ultimate Alpha! As a RN, I also enjoyed the medical illness theme. While I wouldn't wish an illness on anyone, it's great to educate others concerning various medical conditions. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.