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on August 7, 2011
High school. Those two words either bring up fond memories, or terror for most people. Most likely both emotions were experienced to extreme degrees by everyone. Ava Spencer, the overweight young girl was crushed when she found out, along with everyone else in school, that Cade Gallari slept with her on a bet. Someone who she thought was more than a friend betraying her and the truth coming out in the most public of settings, the school lunchroom. You can't not feel for Ava and hate Cade instantly. Even years later I'd still be holding a grudge, but Ava's a lot nicer than I am and when the opportunity to work for Cade and his production company comes up, she's hesitant at first but the paycheck would bring her some financial security and she can't say no.
Cade's back in Seattle after 13 years and as a successful documentary film director, his next movie is featuring Miss Wolcott. The three women let him film in the mansion and while they all still remember the Cade from high school and what he did to Ava, they agree that seeing Miss Wolcott's story brought to life on film can be done right by him. In the middle of filming and Cade and Ava dancing around each other, we have security guard, Tony, trying to find the missing jewels that he knows are hidden in the mansion and he makes finding them his next con.
The storyline between Cade and Ava was simply nice. It took quite a while for Ava to realize that Cade is not the same idiot 18 year old he once was and she learns that he was going through some tough stuff at home when the "bet" with his friends came to be. Not that that at all excuses him for such a cruel thing he pulled, but Ava's nice and ultimately forgiving and they grow closer together as she lets down her guard again with him. Their scenes together, once they start dating again, are fun and bring out the playful side in Ava:
He had a really great butt, all round and firm, with those sucked-in hips that only men ever seem to achieve and it called to her. So she shifted around a bit.
And took a little bite.
It was great reading about Ava and seeing her in action in her job. She's a concierge and an incredibly hard worker. She shoulders much of the day to day work herself on the film's set while still juggling all her other clients. She's a people pleaser, but didn't come across as a door mat. Just one of those people who are always, 100% prepared and goes the extra mile to make people comfortable. Which was why it was so fun to see her feathers ruffled a bit by Cade, and her doing the same to him.
Jane and Poppy show up many times and it's nice to catch up with them and get a peek into where their lives are at with their men. The Tony/stealing the jewels plot was a bit weak and I didn't really think it added much to the story. The scenes with Jane, Poppy and Ava were still some of my favorites, as they have been throughout the series. The ending was a little fast, all the loose ends wrapping up neatly in one scene prior to an epilogue which jumps a few months into the future. It's a nice story and overall an enjoyable series.