but also can’t resist.
Everybody loves local attorney and favorite son, Ben Laroux. Well, at least everybody of the female persuasion–until he meets Sabine O’Connor. She loathes him and makes no secret of her feelings, even when he pours on his famous charm hoping to thank her for helping his family. Ben has never been told no, and if there’s one thing he’s never walked away from, it’s a challenge.
Jean-Claude Prudhomme deserved nothing from his former wife – except maybe a Taser to his testicles.
Fine. But it doesn’t keep me from wishing for him to get exactly what he deserves. Like someone throwing him naked on an anthill with peanut butter on his genitals. You know, real justice.
I didn’t want you to think I was pining for you – I was, by the way. Because every time I look at you, you reduce me to a horny fourteen-year-old boy who’s just gotten to second base for the first time.
Sabine was a fraud, well, she was and she wasn’t Sabine, and she was and she wasn’t a fraud. Not really. Sabine and her devastated mother had changed their names and appearance and moved to a small town after their lives had imploded following a family scandal. The premise was intriguing and interesting and Ms. Sands’s writing was engaging, amusing, and entertaining. I enjoyed her humor and the lively and colorful descriptions she used in introducing each new character and location. The characters were relatable and interestingly detailed, with my favorite being the new and improved Ben. I cherished the man Ben evolved into after his rather painful personal epiphany. Part of Sabine’s discomfort was that she knew and was keeping too many secrets. Her own family’s secrets being the most deplorable, but as she had established herself as the leading therapist in the area, she also knew too much about many of the residents, and she had been forced to listen to and assist far too many women mooning over Ben to take him seriously. Poor Ben. My second favorite character was Sabine’s feisty mother, I adore seeing an older character blossom.
Susan Sands began writing on her fortieth birthday. Better than a hot young boyfriend or a red convertible as mid-life crises go. Her first Southern women’s fiction title, Again, Alabama, was published a mere eight years later, with the second, Love, Alabama, and her latest, Forever, Alabama, following closely behind. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, Susan’s passion for reading sparked her interest in writing. She now creates stories about the quirky characters and fascinating relationships that are uniquely Southern.
Susan holds a degree in elementary education, and has lived in the Johns Creek/Alpharetta suburb of Atlanta with her husband and three children for over twenty years.