All They Ever Wanted
by Tracy Solheim
In the new Second Chances novel by the author of Back to Before, even love might not prove strong enough to save a man’s promising future from a woman’s hidden past…
All he ever fought for…
Aspiring congressman Miles McAlister has dreamed of representing his hometown of Chances Inlet, North Carolina, since he was a boy. So when he’s asked to help run his mother’s bed and breakfast he moves home and rolls out his campaign at the same time. But political stardom isn’t a given, especially when he’s expected to compromise the very ideals he’s trying to uphold. Making matters worse is the inn’s stubborn, and distractingly beautiful cook. He’s loved and lost before, so falling for Lori Buchman is not part of his plan.
All she ever feared…
Lori just wants to do her job and be left alone until she can safely move on. The last thing she needs is to get involved with her boss’s son. Miles proves to be too sexy to ignore, however. Their heated fling elicits feelings deeper than either anticipated. But everything about Lori is a lie. She’s harboring a secret that’ll destroy Miles’s career, and when the truth gets out it’s going to shock Chances Inlet to its core, forcing Miles to make the hardest decision of his life.
“He looked up to find that Tanya’s wide smile had a nasty edge to it. Miles resisted the urge to cross his legs and shield the family jewels.”
“Bernice was the queen bee of Chance’s Inlet’s gossip hive. Any information told to or overheard by the woman was spread around town with more efficiency than an Amber Alert.”
“I just want to be with you for however many moments we can carve out together.”
“Just when she’d given up on men, along came her very own Dudley-Do-Right with his justice-for-all character.”
“Coy just arrived and he looks like he just flunked out of hell week in his fraternity.”
Abundant with low country texture, this richly detailed story was lush with observant descriptions of life’s small and large annoyances, as well as the foibles of human nature and small town living. Two people intent on avoiding any and all romantic relationships were – of course – inexplicably and passionately drawn to each other. There were many secondary characters to keep straight in this large and active group, but it was well worth the effort. The characters were likable and I was deeply intrigued by the secrets Lori was loath to reveal about herself. I enjoyed the levity, writing style, and humorous banter between characters as much as I was drawn in by the ongoing mystery and storyline.
Today, Tracy is the author of best-selling contemporary romance novels featuring hot football players and the women who love them.
She lives in Georgia, with her husband, two nearly adult children, and a horse named after her first novel: Game On.
See what she’s up to at www.tracysolheim.com.