Sometimes you get a second chance at a first impression
Mary Trace is bright, bubbly and back in the dating pool in her midthirties. All of her closest friends are in love, and she refuses to miss out on romance. So when a regular customer at her trendy Brooklyn boutique wants to set Mary up on a blind date with her son, she gives a hesitant yes. John Modesto-Whitford is gorgeous and well-groomed, so maybe dinner won’t be a total bust—until he drops a less-than-flattering comment about Mary’s age.
Desperate to be nothing like his snake of a politician father, public defender John Modesto-Whitford prides himself on his honesty and candor. But his social awkwardness and lack of filter just blew it with the most beautiful woman he’s ever dated.
Luckily, Mom’s machinations keep Mary and John running into each other all summer long, and soon they resort to fake dating to get her to back off. When their pretense turns to real friendship—and some surprisingly hot chemistry—can these two stubborn individuals see past their rocky start to a rock-solid future together?
A woman must muster every bit of her flagging self-confidence in order to find love in Bastone's poignant final Forever Yours romance (after Can't Help Falling). Thirty-seven-year-old Mary Trace's blind date, 31-year-old John Modesto-Whitford, hits a nerve when he blurts out that he thought she would be younger. Mary is devastated, but as a successful Brooklyn business owner with strong, supportive friendships, she tries to let it roll off her back a goal that would be much easier if she didn't keep running into John. John, a public defender, actually deeply admires Mary, but is inexperienced with women and has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. After Mary's boutique is vandalized, John lends a shoulder and helps her rebuild. They grow closer and come to realize what the reader will feel is obvious from the beginning: that the age difference between them shouldn't matter. But both must work through deep insecurities before they can create a lasting relationship. Though occasionally repetitive, the romance is cute and the Brooklyn setting is lovingly rendered. This character-driven contemporary is sure to satisfy series fans.