Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances, proves there’s nowhere better than Happily Inc to rekindle first love.
Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity—he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust.
Despite her reputation, Silver’s not as tough as she seems. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer to invest in her business. If she can’t quite get over him, maybe she should get under him and knock him out of her system once and for all.
But her best laid plans begin to unravel as Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts. Which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years—and risk losing him forever.
Read more in the reader-favorite Happily Inc series:
Book 1: You Say It First
Book 2: Second Chance Girl
Book 3: Why Not Tonight
Book 4: Not Quite Over You
Book 5: Meant to Be Yours
Book 6: Happily This Christmas
In Mallery's middling fourth Happily Inc. contemporary (after Why Not Tonight), a poor but fiercely independent innovator goes into business with her wealthy high school sweetheart, but their differences in status and power make it hard to believe in their rekindled love. Drew Lovato is the heir to California First Savings and Loan. He's spent 12 years regretting his breakup with Silver Tesdal; when he went off to college, he left her alone, pregnant, and broke. Drew signed away his parental rights, and Silver placed their daughter for adoption. When Silver is turned down for a business loan from his family's bank, Drew sees the perfect opportunity to become a part of her life again, and conspires to buy into Silver's portable bar-for-hire business. Silver isn't quite ready to let him back in or to reveal that she's still in touch with their daughter. Entitled, immature Drew uses his wealth and position to manipulate Silver into taking him on as a business partner, and then imagines her stripping for him while they're in a meeting. Steamy sexual attraction can't compensate for the nagging certainty that Silver could do so much better.
A fun, emotional read
Silver has a good business plan to expand her business, but no one wants to give her the loan she needs to succeed. Drew was her boyfriend for the summer between high school and college, and he’s back in town and wants to find a way to help her. He finally does find a way, and Silver balks at the way he chooses. Eventually, she relents, and they begin to get to know each other again.
This is a heartfelt story of letting go and of being afraid to go for what you really want. Silver and Drew both have to find the courage to give it everything, so they can get what they really want.
The pacing is perfect, and the characters are delightful in many ways. Of course, there are a few negative characters that add additional tension, but you have to expect that in a Susan Mallery novel.
Not Quite Over You
So, I was correct that what this series needed was concentration on one main couple per book. Finally the characters are fully fleshed out. Terrific job, Ms. Mallery. Now, onto Renée and Jasper’s story! I can’t wait!
A great read
First I have to say I loved Silver and Drew’s story. It is a book about second chances, overcoming the things that life throws at you, and finding your niche in life. Not Quite Over You is a great addition to the Happily Inc series, but it also does well as a stand-alone introduction (and it makes me curious about Wynn’s story because she’s got issues).