by Brenda Novak
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Fifteen years ago in Mendocino, California, Jenna and Adam were high school sweethearts until they graduated and he demanded his freedom. After their split, Jenna turned to Adam's best friend Dennis who she married and had a child with him. Six months ago, Jenna divorced the abusive alcoholic Dennis who has threatened to kill her. Now she manages a bed and breakfast owned by Adam's grandparents.

San Francisco attorney Adam pays his grandparents a surprise visit only to have Jenna karate chop him and kick him because she thought he was an intruder. Jenna learns she is pregnant from an incident when she just gave in rather than fight Dennis in front of their son. Meanwhile, Adam's partner pressures him to perform an illegal act in defense of a client. As both struggle with various pressures, their love for one another explodes into the open. However, Adam and Jenna believe they can never go back and start a new relationship.

EXPECTATIONS is an entertaining contemporary romance that fans will enjoy. The story line centers on two former lovers seeking more from life than they have gotten to date. The lead couple is an interesting duo whose love never ebbed. Though a bit stereotyped, Dennis provides an apt lesson on the dangers of alcohol abuse leading to other forms of abuse. In her first contemporary romance, Brenda Novak shows talent that will make her a popular author.

Harriet Klausner