Cover girl Cat St. James’s picture-perfect life is anything but flawless. Luckily, she’s a master of hiding the truth from the camera. Relying on that skill, she conceals her latest secret from her family while attending her brother’s wedding. Her only trouble now is Hank Mitchell—the soft-spoken carpenter she’d once brushed aside. Seeing him at the reception underscores her private heartache and ignites unwelcome longing, which she promptly drowns in champagne.
Hank is no stranger to sacrifice, having set aside his own ambitions to take care of his family. One thing he won’t forsake is his pride, which Cat already wounded once. But when the maddening beauty’s reckless behavior forces him to rush to her rescue, he sets in motion a series of events that leads Cat to make a business proposal granting him his dream job.
When Cat and Hank mix business with pleasure, promises and secrets unravel, and each must decide if and what they’ll surrender for love.
About the Author
Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she also enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Worth the Wait, and I’m really not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading this one. Maybe because I didn’t remember liking Cat all that much (actually I’m not really all that sure how I felt about her) but I think that I expected her to be difficult to like in her own story. I was seriously wrong. She’s flawed, full of pride and neurosis, but she’s also caring. She works in a world that is all about her image and her dad has never seen her as more than just a pretty face. It’s easy to see why she gets so hung up on what will happen to her now that she’s older and how she can prove herself to be more than just a trophy. Unfortunately a disastrous relationship and a serious secret has her hesitant to give her heart to any guy again. Hank definitely sees more than just her beauty. He’s a sensitive, loving person who unfortunately has been dealt a very difficult hand. Shortly after his dad died his mom started displaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s so he’s had to support his family since a very young age, giving up many of his dreams. It also means he doesn’t have a lot of time or energy to give to a relationship. He thought something might have developed with Cat but she threw him over for someone else … and now that she’s single again he might be tempted but he’s also very hesitant to be hurt again. I would have thought that Cat’s attitude would have gotten to me but Beck does a fantastic job of giving her readers a couple they can relate to and care about. I found myself turning page after page hoping that they would find some way to get past their history and issues to be together. When things go sour for them (as you’d expect), it made me sad for them - although I was definitely more on Hank’s side than Cat’s. But they manage to get it all together finally and get that HEA they so need. And I definitely can’t wait to see what comes next. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
A very enjoyable read that is very well written with characters that are well developed and very intriguing. It was very nice the way the author gave us updates on all the characters we got to know in the first book. This is the second book in the St. James series from Ms. Beck but it is easily read standalone. In this one we really get to know Cat St. James. She's always be the pretty impetuous St. James sibling so with her modeling career apparently coming near it's end, she's lost as to what the next step in her life should be. Hank Mitchell knows all about responsibility. It's all his life is about. After his father died and his mother began her decent into early onset Alzheimer's, caring for his mother and sisters has been firmly on his shoulders. Finding time in his life for anything else just isn't possible. His attraction to Cat St. James isn't something he can ignore though. Even though they had a rough initial meeting last year there is still something about her he can't resist. What starts as business quickly turns personal but will either of these two be able to go after what they really want?? A very good read and one I would definitely recommend.
I enjoyed Cat and Hank's journey as they worked to overcome their personal and professional challenges. Cat had a secret that made her doubt that she could have a long term relationship with Hank and she didn't know how to address the issue with him. She also had the added pressure of taking a risk to launch a new career. Hank tried to balance being a caregiver to his mother, providing for his sisters, and trying to venture into a new career with Cat. He was hesitant to chase his dream of designing and building custom furniture because, if he failed, he may not be able to continue providing for his family. This is the first book that I have read by Jamie Beck and I am now a fan. I love her writing style and I will definitely be reading more of her books.