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“A Family Affair”
If we could chose who we love – and who loves us – life would be a lot simpler, but it’s rarely that convenient. Even though my own romance has no angst, I instinctively understand the agony of loving the one person you just can’t have. Why else would Romeo and Juliet still ring so true?
In Kristan Higgins’ hilarious and heartbreaking “The Next Best Thing,” grieving widow Lucy Lang is content to wallow in memories until her sister’s newborn triggers her biological clock. Longing for a family, Lucy decides to marry without risking her heart. But there’s a complication: Ethan, her friend-with-benefits. He’s out of the running on two counts. #1 – she has dangerous feelings for him. And #2 – he’s her husband’s younger brother.
Ethan Mirabelli is resigned to living in his brother’s shadow. Dead five years, golden boy Jimmy is still first in the hearts of his parents. And Jimmy’s widow refuses to let him go. When lovely Lucy’s maternal instincts are aroused, Ethan hopes he’ll finally get his chance. After all, they’ve been burning up the sheets for two years. When he discovers Lucy’s plans for a loveless marriage, Ethan takes an arrow to his already battered heart. It seems the only way to ensure Lucy’s happiness is to sacrifice his own. Again.
Kristan Higgins excels at hot-and-heartwrenching forbidden romance – her heroines are often modern day Juliets, her heroes strong Romeos who care too much to be ruled by convention. In “The Next Best Thing,” Lucy fights her feelings with everything she’s got, but Ethan is tired of being second best. This is one battle he intends to win. Do yourself a favor --
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Kristan’s books are auto-buys for me, and every one has a place on my keeper shelf. I have a special fondness for the tortured hero, especially when he is the best friend who kept his feelings hidden.What about you? What is your favorite type of hero – the best friend, the first love, the bad guy on the Harley? Tell me more!
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