Friday, June 13, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Sandy James (The Ladies Who Lunch, #2)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
by Sandy James

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Ladies Who Lunch - Book 2
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
ISBN-10: 1455585351
ISBN-13: 978-1455585359
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 256 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.

Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship—no matter how perfect it may seem.

Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start—and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (The Ladies Who Lunch, #2)My Review
Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Sandy James
My Rating:  5 Stars

When a confident and educated woman decides to leap off the treadmill she has been on for years and re-invent her life, The Ladies Who Lunch rally behind one of their own to give support. When Juliana finally admits to be burned out in her high stress teaching position, there aren’t many options for quality employment in her small town. When the opportunity arises to learn about the real estate business, she finds herself completely drawn in, but was it the seminar that caught her interest or the drop dead gorgeous realtor she got to know “very well” that night? Connor is new in town, keeps his past close to the vest, but does say he was a successful realtor looking for a life change. Have these two each found a kindred soul looking to put their pasts behind them and create a new future?

Juliana is strong, out-going , well-liked around town. Connor is an outsider, so why not join forces; after all, these two have proven they are compatible in a more "intimate" way. Already burned by a bad marriage, Juliana is unsure of blurring the lines between work and play, but Connor plays so well, Juliana feels herself losing her heart to a man she barely knows. Connor needs to make a full disclosure about his past, but fears it will shatter what he has found with Juliana. Will she be able to make a leap of faith and stand by Connor, or will it be too much for her to handle?

Can you say “chemistry?” Can you say overheating Kindle? Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a walk on the steamier side for author Sandy James and I have to say, she has the “gift”! Small town politics, small town gossip, best friends and two people who may finally find what has been missing in their lives, is the perfect setting for romance. Putting the personalities of Juliana and Connor together was sheer brilliance on Sandy James’s part! Sheer smokin’ hot brilliance! Ms. James adds just enough conflict and interference to bring her tale to life. Each scene, each emotion and internal conflict is written by an author who loves her work and it shows. Two hearts, two pasts, one future filled with the promise of sultry nights and sunny days.

Going to the beach this summer? Take Signed, Sealed, Delivered along for the perfect beach read. You can always blame the sweat and panting on the heat from the sun!!

I received an ARC edition from Forever (Grand Central Publishing)in exchange for my honest review.