Amanda Quinn knows exactly where her place is in the social food chain. She’s at the bottom, and she tries not to get eaten up by the bottom feeders who are above her. She knows that a guy like Brent Spenser isn’t in her league. Brent survives beautifully at the top of the social food chain. He was the captain of the football team, and the baseball team and naturally the basketball team. He was the homecoming king, and so good-looking that every girl at school’s heart melted when she looked his way. Brent has an easy smile and lots of friends. Still, he feels a need to change the world and do his part. His sense of duty is very strong. It rests on his shoulders to take care of his girlfriend and his friends and even the United States. He feels that he is needed, and he wants to answer the call to do what he can to make the world a better place. Unlike his friends, he joins the military after school. In his mind, he’s certain that he will come home a hero. In reality, he returns home with a limp and no job skills that could be useful in his hometown. He doesn’t see himself as a good catch anymore. When a friend of his father offers him a job selling insurance, he jumps at the chance. With the money he has, he buys a run down big house in the best part of town. Secretly, he hopes that a woman will overlook his limp and see what he could provide for her, namely a big house and his devotion. While he was gone, he realized what is truly important in a man’s life, his family. Brent wants a wife who will be faithful to him, unlike his high school sweetheart who married his best friend as soon as Brent left for boot camp. If he can find a woman who loves him for him as he is now and not for what he once was, he will love her forever. Brent asks his pastor to help him find the right woman, saying that he would like a list of available young women with good reputations living in town. Brent doesn’t want to get his heart broken again. When the pastor doesn’t mention the librarian Amanda Quinn, Brent brings up her name. She has been helping him find the books he needs to fix up his house himself. The pastor quickly adds her name to the list, but he doubts that someone like Brent would ever fall in love with a shy woman like Amanda Quinn. When Brent picks up books or brings them back, he and Amanda talk, and soon they become friends. Amanda knows that they aren’t real friends, but she enjoys their talks, and with time she relaxes and shows Brent her true self, safe in the knowledge that someone like him would never be interested in someone like her. Amanda doesn’t realize that Brent has already begun courting her. What neither realizes is that another woman has her eye on Brent, and she will stop at nothing to get him back. Will Brent’s sense of duty tear him away from the woman he loves? Will he be able to help Amanda when she needs him the most? This book contains a prologue. If your reading device opens to the first chapter, please scroll back and read the prologue so you won’t miss any information necessary to understand the story. Thank you.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was just an ok story, not one of her better ones. The quiet, shy and no-self esteem librarian falls in love with the highschool jock who came back from war a seemingly diminished man. He falls victim to manipulation by his former girlfriend and betrays the promises he made the one he loved. Of course he ends up miserable. The librarian is then forced to make the best of her situation. But her situation goes from bad to worse.
Can the two lovers learn to communicate their feelings and share the truth of their situation? What is the 'right' way forward. Where does obligation and duty give way to love and compassion. Will these two be brave enough to choose love.
Cute story, but both main characters were so stupid and annoying. I finished the book, but there was no real satisfaction in the story for me.
I was so excited that Rachel Burns released a new book...I bought it and read right away! As always, I wasn't disappointed. :)
On Rachel's Amazon author's page, she once said that all of the men in her stories are somehow flawed. ( I can't remember her exact wording) Some are more deeply flawed than others, as you will learn after reading a lot of her books. While some of her "darker" books are among my absolute favorites, I realize that they can be too much for some readers, especially if they have never experienced her work. So, I just wanted to mention that this will be a good read for those readers that don't do well with "dark." Brent, is still flawed...and extremely frustrating at times, but he is good...and always striving to do the right/honorable thing.
I skipped most of the story, it just dragged on and on about how unworthy Amanda felt. I may be too harsh but I don't think I will ever read another book by this author again.
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