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The Girl Most Likely
November 30, 2011
The Wild Rose Press
Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own words, “fat, frumpy, and over forty.” The thought of facing former classmates—and the ex-husband who dumped her—at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal Trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help—but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous?
Finn thinks Cara is perfect just the way she is. She’s everything he wants in a woman, except for one thing—she can’t get past the fact that he's eight years younger. To Finn, age and weight are just numbers. But can he convince Cara the numbers she worries about add up to only one thing for him—love?
Another Class of '85 story! Jana Richards' series of classmates meeting up for their twenty-fifth high school reunion is a real treat; perfect reading on a rainy day or, for me, on the train ride to and from work. Cara's story sucks the reader in right away, as if you're dropping in on a world that's been in existence for years - including author Kirby Stevens [wink].
The only part I found slightly disappointing was the way Cara finally stood up to her mother. I guess I must be a romantic in more ways than one, as I was hoping there'd be a way to amicably resolve even that relationship. Nothing to complain about with Cara and Finn, however. It's heartwarming to meet two characters who are made for each other, and exciting to watch them tiptoe around until they finally figure out the truth for themselves. There're also a few surprises in store for each of them, and for the reader, but I won't give away any more spoilers!