Hannah Stark is a single mother, and a lawyer in need of a job. She’s just interviewed for a corporate law position at the Knightley brothers’ firm, and did very well. She is about to be offered a job, but circumstances in the firm require that she work for six months in Family Law to fill a void, and then move to corporate. As a product of (or perhaps, a victim of) the system, the last thing Hannah wants is to work in Family Law, but she is desperate, and has a child to support, so she accepts. This department is run by Trenton Knightley, who is one of the owners, and is also a divorced father.
Due to a misconception on her part, Hannah gets off to a bit of a rocky start with her new boss, but in no time, her work ethic impresses him. Despite his own misgivings, Trent finds himself very attracted to Hannah, and tries to pursue a personal relationship. It’s clear from the start that Trent is one of the good guys. He had a very bad first marriage, and he feels somewhat awkward about being in the position of being Hannah’s boss, so he tries to take things slowly. He exhibits a lot of patience and understanding with the very skittish Hannah. Although she’s a mother, it’s obvious that Hannah doesn’t have a lot of experience, and that experience doesn’t make her want to jump into a relationship. But she finds herself falling for Trent despite herself. So while she battles her past, her current job that literally makes her ill, and a jealous and vindictive co worker intent on destroying her, it doesn’t look like a happy ever after will come easily to Hannah.
Both Hannah and Trent are sympathetic characters, and they have a lot in common. They don’t have a good track record in past relationships, and they’re both dedicated single parents. They’re honorable people, and while Trent is more willing to take the plunge, Hannah’s sad past holds her back. It’s good to see Trent’s love finally free her. This book is a departure for Grace Burrowes, who is well known for her historical romances. While a contemporary, this book still has her trademark warmth and depth. She must have drawn on her own experiences in Family Law to provide much of the background and details in this heartwarming story.
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