By PJ Ausdenmore and Gannon Carr, RBTB Correspondents
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Gannon and I both love a misunderstood bad boy who loses his heart to the good girl, and Jesse Calloway, the steamy hero of Lori Wilde’s new contemporary romance, “The Sweethearts’ Knitting Club,” sure revs our engines! After spending ten years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Jessie returns to the small town that never trusted him and the one girl who never left his heart only to discover that she has finally accepted a marriage proposal from the town’s sheriff, who just happens to be the man Jesse believes framed him all those years ago.
Gannon: Jesse most definitely gets my motor running! And Flynn MacGregor has never forgotten Jesse and how he made her feel. But she realizes she can’t pine for him forever, so she finally says yes to Beau Trainer after ten years of turning down his proposal. No sooner is Beau’s ring on Flynn’s finger than Jesse strolls back into town. There she is, waiting tables at her family’s restaurant, Froggy’s, carrying a tray of fried catfish, hushpuppies and mashed potatoes, and in walks the bad boy who stole her heart. My heart just fell and I thought, “If she’d just waited a little longer, she could have had her true love.” I love how the line when she first realizes it’s Jesse illustrates that: The bridge of time snapped, butting her past up against her present, the future weighing heavily on her ring finger.
PJ: That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Flynn could be the poster child for doing what’s expected of her: caring for her younger sister and twin brothers, as well as their alcoholic father; running the family restaurant; taking her late mother’s place in the Sweethearts’ Knitting Club; even sacrificing her own dream of teaching to fulfill her mother’s dream of opening a yarn shop. Her only rebellion, her entire life, has been that brief period in her teens when she secretly spent time with Jesse. But now her family, the ladies in the knitting club, heck, the entire town expects her to marry the upstanding sheriff, not take up with the “no good ex-con.”
Gannon: Poor Flynn. Always trying to do the right thing, pleasing everyone instead of doing what she really wants. And now Jesse’s there every time she turns around, tempting her with those bad boy looks and passionate kisses. Jesse wants Flynn to break up with Beau and be with him, but he knows she has to make the decision on her own if their relationship is going to last. Will the ongoing animosity between Jesse and Beau drive Flynn away or will she finally do what she wants most and follow her heart?
I can relate to Flynn’s dilemma of being pulled in multiple directions by family obligations. As a lifelong “people pleaser,” it took me a long time to learn to put my happiness first sometimes. We women instinctively put the needs of others before our own, but if the reward was a hot guy like Jesse, putting ourselves first might be a whole lot easier.
PJ and I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story of love, friendship and redemption, and the sweetness of first love. Treat yourself to a touching, curl-up-by-the-fire-with-a-cuppa read and--
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Do the opinions of family and friends have an influence on the life decisions you make? Have you ever given up on a dream, job or guy because of someone else's expectations?