Big promotion, complete with $300 pen? Check. A hot man who cuddles, spends the night and makes breakfast? Check. Waiting for the other shoe to fall? Check. "If it feels too good to be true, it probably is." Five years of obsessing over her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a... read more
When a career-obsessed headhunter who's been hiding out from life gets the career-making promotion she's always wanted, her life is suddenly turned upside down. She must return to her hometown to face the family she skipped out on five years ago, and the ex that drove her... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
When a career-obsessed headhunter who's been hiding out from life gets the career-making promotion she's always wanted, her life is suddenly turned upside down. She must return to her hometown to face the family she skipped out on five years ago, and the ex that drove her out of dodge, while also negotiating a budding relationship with a sexy, mysterious philanthropist who has a dark past.
Obsessed corporate climber, Melanie Gordon, defines her worth by her ability to achieve her late father's career expectations. When she receives a promotion that could catapult her career she must return to her Midwest hometown where she'll get reacquainted with the family she's distanced herself from during the past five years.
Selfless (and insanely sexy) philanthropist, Raine Mason, is committed to his cause. But his passion for rescuing high-risk young males from the road to disaster is fueled by his own dark and tragic past. And it is financed, in part, by his secret connection to music mogul Marshall Montgomery.
When Raine is ready to take his casual friendship with Melanie to sizzling new heights, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is already booked. But a steamy night of passion leaves them both wanting more, even if Melanie is afraid to admit it. She reluctantly agrees to a long-distance relationship with no promises and no commitments.
Back at home, Melanie feels like an outsider in her own family. Her mother, Ellie, is in the best shape of her life and has a mysterious new friend who looks like he just stepped out of a Viagra commercial. Her sister has gone from stay-at-home mom to corporate warrior. Jamie, her goth-loving best friend whose motto was once "men are disposable" is actually . . . in love. As Melanie gets to know her family again she realizes they're not the only ones who've changed. She's become cynical, self-centered, and afraid to let anyone too close.
Meanwhile her dream promotion is beginning to feel more like a career death sentence. She's tasked with building a business from nothing during a down economy while sidestepping sabotage from her cunning co-worker, Priscilla Cohen and the added pressure of a company executive who'd be content to see her fail.
When Melanie runs into Jaxson Payne, the man who broke her heart and sent her into an emotional tailspin five years ago, she wants to put as much distance between them as possible. But when Jaxson offers a lifeline that could save her career she decides that he used her for years, why shouldn't she return the favor? Maintaining a strictly business relationship with Jaxson, who is transformed, newly single, and more handsome than she remembered, is far more difficult than she anticipated.
Her mostly long-distance relationship with Raine blossoms as she opens her heart and soul to him. As she peels back Raine’s layers (starting with his bicep-hugging cashmere sweater) she discovers a tortured soul filled with regret and in need of a second chance. Melanie is nearly convinced she's finally found her dream guy. But a slimy tabloid reporter reveals that Raine is harboring a dark secret from his past that threatens to shatter any hope of a future for them.
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