Lynne Marshall is the author of twenty-three category length books for Harlequin Medical Romance and Special Edition lines, plus three single title books. Lynne has been a four-time Cataromance Reviewers' Choice Award winner for her Medical Romances, a 2012 winner of the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award for her first venture into bigger books, One for the Road, as well as a March 2015 Top Pick from Romantic Times Review Magazine for a Special Edition. After twenty-five years as a Registered Nurse she finally discovered she was meant to write stories and pursued her dream. She lives in Southern California with her real-life hero husband of thirty-three years and a rescued shelter dog named Milo. She loves being a grandma and is a proud mother of two adult children. www.lynnemarshall.com
Too Close for Comfortby Lynne Marshall
Foodie Joy Waltham is stressed out. Before she can expand her business empire, she needs her ex-husband's signature dissolving their silent partnership. A trip to Maine to find her ex, get his autograph, and chill out seems ideal. But instead of relaxing, Joy winds up inserting herself in the middle of a mystery-and wrapped in the overprotective arms of Comfort's chief of police-her ex-husband.
After retiring from LAPD, Paul Donovan took charge of tiny Comfort's police department. Back in his hometown he may be bored senseless, but he's nowhere near ready for chaos in the form of his ex-wife shaking up his life. Joy arrives in perfect time to meddle in his investigation of a string of accidental deaths.
Forced together again, Joy and Paul confront some unexpected challenges. Their son is in harm's way in the Middle East and their daughter is being stalked back in California. It's emotional deja vu as they dig through their thorny past, reawaken old sexual attraction, and finally face the fact they never stopped loving each other.
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A trip to a small town in Maine seems like the perfect getaway for a successful business woman from Los Angeles. Right? It would be if you didn't need your silent partner to sign papers to dissolve your partnership so that your business can become even more successful. Not to mention that you were married to this silent partner for twenty-three years before you divorced three years ago. Joy Waltham's trip to Comfort, Maine may be business related in the beginning but it soon becomes an eye-opening and heart-wrenching reminder of the life she shared with Paul Donovan and their two now adult children. She and Paul begin to experience rekindled feelings of both love and lust as they realize that this may be a second chance to correct their mistakes. This book by Lynne Marshall is longer than most of the books she has written for Harlequin and she has used the extra length to showcase this "older couple's" return to love. It also allows her to gives readers a glimpse of the charm of a small town in Maine during the beauty of New England in the fall season. Too Close for Comfort is an enjoyable book that has humor, mystery and yes, romance, as we are given a story that proves that mature love can be be very exciting and fulfilling and fabulous love isn't limited to the young! I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Too Close For Comfort by Lynne Marshall Have read another book by this author and loved it as it deals with a middle age woman and her problems and how she solves them. So used to reading about 20 year old problems and it's a breath of fresh air to me to read about something closer to my age. Book starts out with Joy and she's just arrived in Comfort, Maine where she needs to get the ex husbands signature as he's a silent partner in her business. Divorced for several years now it's just something they never dealt with at the divorce. Her daughter Edie arranges everything as she knows her mom is so stressed out it's brought on her panic attacks again. She calls her Dad, Paul in Maine and pleads with him to keep her there longer-she needs the vacation. Michael their son, is in Iraq and neither have talked to him in about a month's time. While going about town Joy overhears the teens talking about death of a friend and drugs so she does contact Paul about all that information as it's not the first death in just a few weeks time. Each has sparks for the other... as they draw up past memories of their lives...as they spend more time together. She is trying to pass along information she hears the kids talking about, the drugs that is killing other teens. Business is booming without her being there, a stalker is onto her and Paul protects her in many ways....hot steamy sex scenes.....Like the state I live, RI, there were rum runners in Maine also, love hearing of the mysteries surrounding that as other details blend in with the drugs. She finds out Paul betrayed her and she's done with him. You wonder if they can get back together and what it'll take. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review..
Reviewed by Maria Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This book has been described as a mature romance and a reunion story and of course it is both. But it is actually a lot more. It is, on one level, pure reading entertainment with comedy thrown in for good measure. And not only comedy, suspense makes its appearance too. It’s also an extremely honest look at life, love and relationships. The plot is simple. Paul and Joy have been divorced for three years after a twenty three year marriage. Joy is now a successful entrepreneur in California where she runs a pre-packed foods company along with her daughter, Edie. Paul’s the police chief in the small town of Comfort in Maine, which is pretty much back to his roots, as he originates from that place, although he was in the LAPD during his marriage to Joy. I have to confess, with Comfort in Maine’s proximity to a city called Portland, I kept confusing my US geography, thinking that Comfort was in Oregon, not in Maine. Joy suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. She worries about her son Michael who’s serving in Afghanistan. There’s that ever present tension of running the business. Her panic attacks are becoming more frequent and worrying. So her daughter Edie, who’s finding Mom’s presence rather tedious, suggests she flies to Maine for a while, to relax, slow down, recharge her batteries and stay in the guest house of a beloved relative. And although Edie isn’t saying this the fact that,her father is the Chief of Police in the area means that he has the power to keep an eye on Joy. The ostensible reason for going is, however, to buy Paul, who’s of course both father and former husband, out of the business which he helped the two ladies set up and of which he’s a shareholder. Joy’s an adventurous, courageous woman who takes life head on. Being rather antsy and unable to stay still, she gets involved in kayaking lessons and handgun classes. She walks around a lot and before long, disturbed by teenage drug deaths in the vicinity, stumbles upon information which could lead to the .busting of a drug ring. Concerned, her former husband has her shadowed for her own safety, afraid that she could inadvertently walk into danger. As we get to know Joy, we realize that he’s probably perfectly correct. She has the comic propensity to show up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Joy and Paul embark on a series of adventures, some of them absolutely hilarious. We notice Paul appreciating the fact that Joy has maintained her youthfulness and he’s done the same. They find themselves coming together for personal reasons too, one of which includes a beloved family pet. We see Paul manipulating situations to have Joy stay over, much to the delight of his elderly aunt and their daughter. But when Joy finds out what he’s up to, will she be pleased about this? Joy is above all an autonomous lady who does not appreciate being controlled. Once she finds out what Paul is up to, the sparks will surely fly. A wonderfully entertaining read, full of rich humanity, humor and wisdom. One of the lessons which I’ve taken away from this read is that happy ever after is a one day at a time job, not necessarily ‘forever’ one. Favorite Quote: It looked like his ex-wife. The woman had the same body type and right now she stood, weight on one foot, hip jutting out, exactly like Joy used to do. Always one of her best features, like a thumbprint, he’d recognize that ass anywhere.
I loved this fun, romantic read! Joy is one spunky heroine and I adored her. Paul is one hunky hero and I adored him. Put the two of them together and I couldn't swipe the pages fast enough. There is romance and comedy and emotion and so much to smile about in this book. And having a couple in their forties act like they're in their twenties again? Loved! I highly recommend this book.