About the Book:
Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancé Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy's bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.
Lisa Kleypas is a better than average writer of romance novels. While she writes steamy bedroom scenes, those scenes are not what carry her books, at least for me. She creates very real characters, even if they are (as in this case) a little magical. Unlike what is said above, Sam is upfront with Lucy, he tells her that he was asked to romance her, and she goes along with it. Like his brothers, Sam is afraid of love because of his childhood--he beds women but doesn't sleep with them. Of course as an old-fashioned woman I had to shake my head at all those folks living together outside of marriage who then wondered why their relationships didn't work Oh, well...
I enjoyed this library book and recommend it if you like contemporary romance and don't mind steam. Grade: B