It’s the midway point of my week of romance themed novels! Here’s another novella in the anthology “Behind the Red Doors”.
Warning: May Contain Spoilers
Synopsis: Faith’s date was not only late, but when he finally shows up he didn’t even know it was Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, Faith kicked him to the kerb and vowed to have a better holiday the following year. As a new jewllery store owner, Faith decides to display the legendary Valentino diamond which requires extra security… and is assigned none other than the man that got away: Lieutenant Carter Grayson.
Author: This southern girl never intended to be an author, but when an instructor commented on her flair for writing Stephanie decided to try her hand at a romance novel in her spare time. Her contemporary books range from sexy romance to mysteries.
Format: This novella is set up on a day-by-day basis. The prologue is Valentine’s Day the year prior and each subsequent chapter –starting on Februrary 1st– counts the days up to the following year’s big love-in.
Character: Faith is the sister of Dev in Vicki Lewis Thompson’s book story “Heaven Scent”. She is just as rich and just as gorgeous, but actually looking for someone to spend her life with rather than running from it. Faith is what every single girl should be: confident, business savvy, and knows when to let go of a bad relationship.
Romance: This is a the-one-that-got-away story. Faith and Carter are perfect for each other, if only Carter wasn’t so afraid of a lasting relationship. Faith dumps Carter, but when they see each other a year later Carter lies to prove he is “commitment material” by claiming to have a girlfriend. Faith tries to be happy for his future engagement, but realizes she’s still in love with Carter. If it wasn’t for the fact that, as a reader, we know that Carter lied about practically being engaged, we’d hate them for having an affair behind Trudy’s back.
DiY: How to tell when a man isn’t ready for commitment? He is in his mid- to late-thirties and still rents a shabby apartment. His coworkers laugh when at the thought of his ever owning a dog, let alone having a steady relationship. He doesn’t wear a watch and is always late, if he shows up at all. He thinks a bulletproof vest is too confining even though he’s a cop. He can’t even remember Valentine’s Day, let alone birthdays.
Quote: What would you say about a man who stood you up on Valentine’s Day? That he had better be embalmed.
The Verdict: A must read sequel to Heaven Scent by Vicki Lewis Thompson.
What would you do if your date stood you up on Valentine’s Day? How would you feel if you found out that the one-who-got-away was in a relationship with someone else?
Previous Vday Week Reviews: Heaven Scent