What Are Friends For?

What Are Friends For?

by Patricia McLinn
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What Are Friends For? by Patricia McLinn

Seasons in a Small Town – Spring

In rural Drago, Illinois, Zeke came by his "the Geek" nickname honest, more comfortable in the world of algebra and algorithms than high school's social hallways. Though that didn't keep him from longing for the unattainable prom queen, Jennifer.

The one person who did understand his out-of-the-box brain was Darcie, his best friend. After their high school graduation, Zeke and Darcie for one night jolted from friends to lovers. And then he left town, and she knew he couldn't look back. What he didn't know was the depth of Darcie's feelings for him.

Now it's 17 years later, and Zeke's a self-made billionaire founder of a tech security firm, Darcie's a local cop and Jennifer's a divorced mom of a tween girl. And their little town is flagging.

At Darcie's urging, Zeke returns to Drago to boost its economy. Will his new wealth attract the still-beautiful Jennifer? Or will Darcie, the one girl who always made him feel at ease, show him that true love knows no boundaries?

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What Are Friends For?, Book 1 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.

"You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two ... and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because - unlike teenage Zeke - you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back." – 5-Star Review

Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

"The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart and I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting."

"Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real" yet "The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action."

"McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance."

"Poignant, heart warming" . . . "Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time" . . . "Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar."

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series now!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?
Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother
Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her, new edition in April
Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new in May

If you like Patricia's small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series today!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century
Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest
Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding
Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157463182
Publisher: Craig Place Books
Publication date: 03/09/2017
Series: Seasons in a Small Town , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 71,141
File size: 639 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.

McLinn is the author of more than 40 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, contemporary western romances, contemporary romances elsewhere in the world, historical romances, and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.

She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.

Now living in Northern Kentucky, Patricia loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

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What Are Friends For? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anton 'Zeke' Zeekowsky left the dot on the map called Drago, Illinois, for the big city sixteen years ago. He never expected to return. Quite the opposite, he hoped to forget it even existed. Zeke founded the security software firm 'Zeke-Tech'. After toiling long and hard, he became a self-made billionaire. Even so, Zeke's mind is always churning away, always designing his next creation. Zeke's life is shaken when his assistant, Brenda, informs him of an invitation from his hometown and urges him to act upon it. ......................... Somehow, against his better judgement, Zeke finds himself back in Drago. He has committed himself to being the Grand Marshall of the Drago Lilac Festival Parade, head judge of the Drago Lilac Queen pageant, and guest of honor at the Drago Lilac Festival Dance. The only good thing about it all, other than getting a chance to see how his mother is doing, is seeing Darcie Barrett and Jennifer Truesdale again. Jennifer was the unattainable beauty as Zeke grew up. Darcie was his best friend. And man, how times have changed! Jennifer is now divorced and raising a twelve-year-old daughter, Ashley. Darcie is now a local police officer. ....................... Jennifer and Darcie hope to convince Zeke to help turn Drago's economy around. The town is on its last legs. Yet both know that Zeke has bad memories of the place. Darcie, having been closest to Zeke, is the one chosen to soften him up. Problem is that the last night Darcie saw Zeke was also the single time they made love. He was gone the next day. Her feelings toward Zeke has not changed. She tries to hand him off to Jennifer, but even her chief seems to be against her. Chief Dutch Harnett, a hard-nosed outsider who'd taken over Drago's police department almost a year ago, decides that Darcie should change her patrol schedule a bit and drive Zeke everywhere he needs to go. Anytime Zeke drives himself, he ends up speeding, and the chief thinks this arrangement should end the problem. Well Darcie may have to drive him around, but he would have to deal with sitting silently by as she makes her normal rounds. Darcie cares too much about the locals to miss checking up on them. .......................... Zeke is happy that his 'vacation' will be spent mostly with Darcie, even if he did have to become a slight nuisance to the chief to do it. Perhaps he could even find a way to work some on his latest project. Zeke even brought a disk with his soon-to-be-announced gadget on it for Darcie. But someone else out there has plans for Zeke and the disk. ................... **** Author Patricia McLinn has created a romance that will entice all those ladies out there who are not afraid of a mouse. A computer mouse, that is. No wimpy characters in this book. Zeke and Darcie are both strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real to the readers. I hope to see Jennifer get her own story told someday, in addition to Vanessa (Zeke's business partner). In the meantime, rest assured that more than what I mentioned in the synopsis is going on within THIS story. You will never get bored. ****
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
What Are Friends For? by Patricia McLinn Seasons in a Small Town Series Book One Anton Zeekowsky “Zeke” left Drago, Illinois as fast as he could after graduation. And he never looked back. Until now. They want him to come and be a part of their Lilac Festival. He may have a successful business, but he really doesn't do well around people. Darcie Barrett thought she'd leave Drago too. But she didn't. She came home from college and joined the police force. She loves her town and it needs all the help she can give it right now. And hopefully her old high school friend will want to help too. Loved this story and looking forward to the series. There are several secondary characters that add to the story. The story has a great flow that kept the pages turning without slowing down. The second book in this series is The Right Brother. Jennifer Truesdale's story. **Sexual content