Second-Guessing Fate [NOOK Book]


Can She Outwit Fate?

Gemma is on a collision course with heartbreak. At least, according to the fortune-teller her best friend drags her to see. Gemma doesn't believe a word of it, but when other predictions start to come true, she begins to suspect that gorgeous, gray-eyed Nick is the man foretold to break her heart before she can find her soul mate. Too bad she's never met a man she's wanted more, because now she has to get him to dump her ...

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Can She Outwit Fate?

Gemma is on a collision course with heartbreak. At least, according to the fortune-teller her best friend drags her to see. Gemma doesn't believe a word of it, but when other predictions start to come true, she begins to suspect that gorgeous, gray-eyed Nick is the man foretold to break her heart before she can find her soul mate. Too bad she's never met a man she's wanted more, because now she has to get him to dump her before she falls too hard.

Nick has plans of his own. He's ready to settle down with Ms. Right, and everything points to the beautiful Gemma. He's determined to prove to her that he's the perfect boyfriend—even if she does seem to be trying her best to scare him off…

48,000 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892325
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • File size: 532 KB

Meet the Author

Claire Robyns lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and twin boys. For so long as she has memories, she was either reading, dreaming about reading, or planning what she'd be reading next. Then one day she started dreaming about writing and that was the beginning of an amazing journey.

When Claire isn't thigh-deep in laundry, shopping, cooking and general crowd control, you'll find her head-and-heart-deep in the tangled lives of her characters.

Claire writes sensual historical romance and lighthearted contemporaries.

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"It's no longer about Wolford nylons and Agent Provocateur thongs, Gemma honey." Helen arched a brow at her before turning her eyes back to the road. "It's all about informed decision making."

"I can't believe I let you drag me along."

"You agreed last night," she said quickly, obviously afraid Gemma was about to dig her rubber soles in and back out.

Wise woman.

"Agree is a very strong term," stalled Gemma.

"What word would you use?" Helen shot her another look, the kind she probably used on her class during a pop quiz.

"Decimate and coerce."

"That's two."

"You fed me straight vodkas and then coerced me into this outrageous scheme. I was in no state to take responsibility for my mind."

"Was that before or after you grabbed my arm and hissed, 'My biological clock is spinning, Helly, it's spinning down like a bloody stopwatch on Viagra'?"

"That's my mother's fault."

"I'm sensing a theme here."

"They raised me on good old-fashioned values—"

"Your parents were workaholics." Helen gave her such a long frown, they nearly sideswiped a heavy-duty truck off the bridge as they crossed over into Brooklyn.

"Precisely." Gemma was too accustomed to her friend's driving to be overtly concerned with the near-miss. "So what's up with them taking early retirement?"

"Oh, honey, is this still about them buying that farmhouse in Tuscany instead of moving back out here?"

"It's a vineyard. That's all Tuscany is, vineyards and potholed roads and a whole lot of nothing. And she tootled her fingers at me," snapped Gemma in disgust. "When I pointed out that most people moved closer to their children when they retire and asked how she thought she'd have any kind of relationship with her grandchildren one day, she tootled her fingers at me. 'We'll pass that hurdle if it ever comes to it,' she said. If...!"

"She's going through a post-midlife crisis. She retired to a country whose national pastime is four-hour siestas. The woman worked her life away and now she wants to make up for it double-time, instant grandchildren and all."

"Tootling. You forget the tootling and big fat IF."

"She was the editor-in-chief for Glossy Gals for twenty-odd years." Helen cut a teetering left down a narrow street of broad-leaved trees and brownstones. "If there's one thing your mother probably knows, it's the inner workings of a modern city girl. Emotional blackmail became redundant in the nineties, but nothing makes a glossy gal charge for the finish line faster than suggesting she might not have what it takes to win."

"I wasn't aware it was a race."

"Of course it's a race, honey, a race to grab a man before the best ones are either taken or damaged. You had a late start, thanks to Simon."

"Simon was over five years ago," groaned Gemma.

"Simon may be history, but the bastard ate up most of your twenties. He promised you forever and did a one-eighty halfway up the aisle."

"Technically," Gemma corrected with a smile, "he sent a text the night before."

"From Helsinki! You may have developed a stiff upper lip from all those years in London, but I don't buy in to this crap about a stiff upper heart." Her words were harsh, but Helen's voice was butter-soft. "I haven't even met the lowlife scum and I hate him more than you ever allowed yourself to."

"What was I supposed to do? Hold a grudge against the poor man because he changed his mind?" She'd done the next best thing. She'd put the Atlantic between herself and all that heartbreak.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    A fun, flirty read

    I laughed out loud. I smiled tenderly. And, most of all, I finished reading this delightful book relaxed and feeling good after a stressful day. Fast paced, full of down-to-earth human moments, and yet peppered with steamy romance, this contemporary romance by Claire Robyns delivered exactly what it promised: a fun, flirty and fabulous read. I was drawn to Ms Robyns writing through her brilliant debut novel, the historical Scottish romance 'Betrayed'. The light-hearted 'Second Guessing Fate' is as far from that emotionally intense historical as it could possibly be, but one is left amazed at Ms Robyns versatility as a writer. 'Second Guessing Fate' may be a happy romp through the love story of the delicious Nick and the cute Gemma, but the characters have both depth and authenticity. I'd highly recommend this novel to anyone who needs a fun read to wipe away the stress of real life.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    A Fresh, Fun and Flirty Read!

    Ms. Robyns writes fresh, feel-good romance. Her characters are engaging and well-drawn. Gemma (the heroine), is warm and witty, and readers can instantly relate to her. Nick (the hero), is super-sexy and knows exactly what he wants. The interaction between Nick and Gemma is fun and flirty, with a delicious dollop of sensuality. Ms. Robyns has a real flair for writing dialogue, and the sparkling attraction between Nick and Gemma had me turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. I really enjoyed this story, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book that makes you laugh and cry with delight! I look forward to reading more books from this talented new author of romance!

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