by Jane Graves

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0446617864
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Darcy McDaniel’s life takes a drastic turn, she has some tough decisions to make. She’s gone from being a rich trophy wife to losing absolutely everything. In her youth she’d struggled hard to get out of the trailer park her parents still reside in, and she can’t imagine going back there again. Although she hasn’t worked in over 15 years, she hopes to get a job in a nice office where she can meet and eventually marry another financially solvent man.

Darcy soon realizes she’s not trained to do anything and she’s also no longer as young as she used to be. With the dreaded fortieth birthday quickly arriving she now more than ever needs to be financially solvent in order to keep up the beauty treatments needed to hide her age. Desperate, she ends up begging for a job with the repossession agency who took her car from her.

John Stark thinks Darcy is a total flake but brakes down and gives her the receptionist job on a trial basis. He doesn’t think very highly of her but at the same time can’t deny a certain attraction. When Darcy learns how much they earn each time they repossess a vehicle, she asks John if she can give it a try. He objects which of course makes Darcy even more determined to prove she can do it.

Darcy won’t deny she thinks John is sexy, but he’s too poor to even consider. Multimillionaire Jeremy Bridges is handsome enough and seems to want the chance to pamper her, and yet she’s not eager to jump into his arms.

This book is so much more than a romance. It’s a woman’s self discovery while she learns what’s really important in the world. The author does a fantastic job at her characterization of Darcy. It would be very easy to hate her, and yet, you don’t. There are some scenes that are absolutely hilarious while others made me want to cry. The last page of this book was turned with a true sense of contentment.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Jackie.

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