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Crystal Jordan is originally from California, but has lived and worked all over the United States as a university librarian. An award winning author, Crystal has published contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, and erotic romance with Kensington Aphrodisia, Harlequin Spice Briefs, Ellora’s Cave, and Samhain Publishing.
Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Karen Patton’s life is falling apart. She signed divorce papers, quit her job, and moved back to her hometown into an apartment that couldn’t feel less like home. With two weeks of free time before she starts work at the Half Moon Bay Public Library, she’s crawling the walls, trying desperately not to miss the man who chose his career over her.
When an old college friend invites her to Italy for an impromptu wedding, she jumps at the chance to focus on something other than her own misery.
Tate Patton is doing his best to ignore the divorce papers that just landed on his desk. A rational, reasonable man would sign and be done with it. Instead, he seizes upon a wedding invitation to do something completely impetuous—ignore the papers and fly to Rome.
When they lay eyes on each other, the sparks fly as hot as the first time they met. Maybe the more mature versions of themselves can fix what’s broken. Their love is too strong not to try…
Roman Reunion made me believe in second chances!
Tired of a marriage to a man who ignores her, Karen Patton has filed for divorce, quit her job and moved back to her hometown. Broken hearted and still in love with her soon to be ex-husband, Karen accepts a sudden wedding invitation from a friend and flies to Rome. Once in Rome, Karen believes she’ll get the break she needs from her sad and stressful situation, until she runs into the cause of her heartache.
Tate Patton got a cold reality check when his wife walked out on him without a backwards glance. He doesn’t blame her though, for years he’s put his career and what his father wanted before Karen when she should have been first in his life. Flying to Rome to attend a friend’s wedding he isn’t prepared to run into Karen or for the intense connection they still share. Tate decides then and there that he’s going to fight for his marriage and hope that it’s not too late to win back the woman he loves.
Oh I’m so glad I chose to review this book, it was drama, angst and steamy goodness all wrapped up in a not too short, not too long story. I connected to both Tate and Karen, and sympathized with both their sides of the story and that made me root for a reconciliation even more.
Author Crystal Jordan didn’t gloss over Tate and Karen’s marital problems, nor did she cop out and give them an easy happy ending. The author really created obstacles for this couple yet she did it in a way where I didn’t become bored and the story didn’t get weighed down with too many problems. I was glad that though Tate and Karen still loved each other desperately, it was clear that love wasn’t enough to keep them together. They had to face some tough facts, especially Tate. Since it was Karen who was neglected, it was ultimately her decision to give her marriage another shot and that choice didn’t come easy to her and it shouldn’t have. Being neglected left her with some serious doubts and trust issues that weren’t going to go away with “I love you.” That’s what really made this story work for me. This was a couple that, at the beginning, had no hope of getting back together but still had great sexual chemistry between them, yet, it obviously was not going to hold their relationship together.
Then there were Karen’s friends. I really enjoyed them. Not just that Karen had them but that they were truly her friends. They weren’t trying to push her in any one direction out of a selfish need to see their own wishes fulfilled. They wanted what was best for Karen, whether it be a divorce or reconciliation. They weren’t meddling in her life, they let Karen figure out what she wanted which of course, is what true friends do.
Roman Reunion is one of those short stories that caught me off guard. I didn’t anticipate the level of enjoyment I would reach with it, and that is the best surprise a romance fan like me could ask for.
Final Verdict: I have to find time to read the previous book and of course, be on the lookout for the next book in the series.
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