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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Circle of Friends: Steve’s Story by Jess Dee

Circle of Friends: Steve’s Story by Jess Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (168 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Stephanotis

When love is threatened by truth, every moment counts…

Circle of Friends, Book 2

Steve Sommers is having a gut-wrenching week. His fiancée has left him, the woman who broke his heart is back in town—and they’re all gathered at the bedside of his best friend, who’s in a coma. The emotional ties between them are strained to the breaking point. Like it or not, it’s up to Steve to find the strength and compassion to support the four of them through the toughest ordeal of their lives.

In the midst of the turmoil and trauma, passion unexpectedly flares anew between Steve and the woman he loves. Suddenly the future he’d believed lost lies within his reach. But she still carries the secret that once tore them apart, and determined to protect Steve from the truth, she fights their rekindled relationship every step of the way.

Now the fragile bond they’ve developed hangs in the balance, threatened by a reality that love may not be strong enough to overcome…

Warning: This book might just make you cry, but it’ll make you smile as well. The story will probably get you all hot and bothered too. It contains naughty activities in the car, sex on the kitchen counter (and up against the wall), a quickie in the garden, a little experimenting with scarves—oh, and some hot loving in the bedroom.

For Steve Sommers, it’s been one of those weeks. His fiancée, Kate left him. Penelope (Pen), the woman who broke his heart just happens to be back in town. And Tyler, his best friend is in a coma after a road accident.

Steve, Kate and Pen are at Tyler’s bedside. We find out Kate is Tyler’s ex girlfriend and Pen is Steve’s ex lover. Okay, you’re thinking this could be a soap opera and way too melodramatic…well, that’s what I thought at first. However, Ms. Dee handles the plot beautifully.

We learn that Pen left Steve not because she didn’t love him, but because of some secret she kept from him. The reader does find out what that secret is but I won’t spoil it by telling you what it was. After we learn why Pen left Tyler, you cheer for this couple even more. However, you do keep wondering if the revealing of it will draw them closer together or tear them apart forever.

Ms. Dee presents real-to-life characters with conversation you’d overhear every day. It’s a touching story and a recommended read.

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