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Chance Encounter Paperback – August 31, 2015
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Of course it requires more than the wave of a wand to transform Carolyn from someone who earns a very low income and looks it to a glamorous and self-confident executive running a thriving business. But together, Joe and she accomplish what he always knew was possible for her.
Eventually, though, Carolyn’s ambition becomes her downfall. Both she and Joe have to suffer in different ways before she gets on a sustainable career path and he realizes that his own work is no longer bringing him self-respect or happiness.
Other characters in Chance Encounter include Joe’s bosses, colleagues, friends, and parents, as well as a sleazy Massachusetts senator. There is a fascinating relationship between Joe and Peggy, the wife of his best friend. It's almost brother/sister, but there is some subtle, underlying sexual tension that is never overtly expressed. In my opinion, that is the most interesting and complex relationship in the whole book.
There are also numerous descriptions of locations in and around Boston, from the most luxurious hotels, restaurants, and bars to much sadder places that are quite run down. Residents of or visitors to those areas will find much to relate to.
For a romance novel, the actual sex scenes are relatively few and rather understated. This is no bodice-ripper. But if you enjoy well-developed novels featuring diverse difficulties and happy endings, this one is for you.
The first novel by this author was BLOCKED, about online dating. I enjoyed that one very much as well. It's also on Amazon in e-book and print.
Disclaimer: I was the editor of both of these books. However, that fact did not influence my review. I always honestly review books that I have edited, and I enjoy Tony Medeiros' entertaining and imaginative writing quite a bit. I hope you'll give his books a try.