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Flirting with Disaster (Charleston Trilogy) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD

4.3 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Charleston Trilogy Series

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All her life, Maggie Forsythe has seesawed erratically between wanting to please her wealthy Charleston socialite parents and rebelling against all they stand for. With best friend Dinah (The Backup Plan, 2005) blissfully married, she retreats to recover from her broken engagement, but her sulking is interrupted by the arrival of Dinah, Cord, and Warren (the ex-fiance) with a request that she join them in building a home for another acquaintance from their shared childhood, widowed Amanda O'Leary, and her three children. Meanwhile, Cord is busy convincing historic renovator Josh Parker to supervise the construction, and when Maggie meets Josh, sparks fly between the bad-boy loner with the heart of gold and the socialite art gallery owner. Multiple subplots are cleverly interwoven throughout Woods'thought-provoking contemporary southern romance, including teasers for Amanda's upcoming romance with the local minister (Waking Up in Charleston, 2006) and the budding relationship between Josh's mother, Nadine, and prominent local widower George Winslow. Lynne Welch
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"Woods...is noted for appealing character-driven stories that are often infused with the flavor and fragrance of the South."
-Library Journal

"A whimsical, sweet scenario...the digressions have their own charm, and Woods never fails to come back to the romantic point."
-Publishers Weekly on Sweet Tea at Sunrise

"What better way to welcome spring back into our lives than to be able to sit down with a book by a beloved author, a cool drink, and dreams of young love blooming?"

-Romance Review on Home in Carolina

"Woods' readers will eagerly anticipate her trademark small-town setting, loyal friendships, and honorable mentors as they meet new characters and reconnect with familiar ones in this heartwarming tale."
-Booklist on Home in Carolina

"Warm, complex, and satisfying."
-Library Journal on Harbor Lights

"Sparks fly in a lively tale that is overflowing with family conflict and warmth and the possibility of rekindled love."
-Library Journal on Flowers on Main

"Launching the Chesapeake Shores series, Woods creates an engrossing...family drama."-Publishers Weekly on The Inn at Eagle Point

"Woods is a master heartstring puller, and her endearingly flawed characters deal with their plethora of problems in a predictable but satisfying manner."
-Publishers Weekly on Seaview Inn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Charleston Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611062748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611062748
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,483,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on February 20, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unlucky-in-love gallery owner Maggie Forsythe is cleansing her wounds when her fiance Warren called the wedding off after the invitations went out. She is visited Warren, best friend Dinah and Dinah's husband Cord. They make an offer she cannot refuse - help with the building of a home for a needy local parishioner.

Also on hand is Cord's foreman, Josh Parker. He is a rootless man who goes from job to job and lives in motels. When he and debutante Maggie meet, they are like fire and water. So you know that the sizzle will be good. He writes Maggie off as a bubble head, not realizing that she is quite an accomplished handy-gal herself, having renovated her gallery on her own. Neither wants to make the first move, but when his often married mother comes for a visit, she makes it her business to get the two together. That is when she is not driving the man opposed to the construction crazy.

As Maggie and Josh rush to make the deadline and try not to fall for each other despite all their friends (and family) shenanigans, they suddenly have to look out for an abusive lover of a gallery employee hell bent on making Maggie's life hell.

The story is another great southern fried romance as well as a great follow up to "The Backup Plan," with the main characters back playing pivotal roles telling Maggie's story, and soon to follow with "Waking Up in Charleston."
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Two weeks before their marriage, dependable Dr. Warren Blake dumps Maggie Forsythe. The Charleston iron magnolia flees her home, leaving her art and antiques gallery Images to be run by her employees, and hides on Sullivan Island. Her best friends Dinah and Cordell Beaufort and Warren arrive to bring her home. She hides from them the real reason she retreated that has nothing to do with humiliation but feeling that for whatever reason she is unlovable. Still they persuade her to help build a house for a widow with three kids.

Heading the construction project is a reluctant Josh Parker who assumes that Maggie is cotton candy only to be surprised she is good with tools having renovated Images by herself. They are attracted to one another, but neither wants to ignite the spark as she fears rejection and he presupposes that a working stiff with a matriarchal hang-up is way beneath her level. When his mom comes out of nowhere and teams up with Dinah as matchmakers, neither one of the hesitant duet stand a chance unless they run away from love.

FLIRTING WITH DISASTER is a strong character driven contemporary romance starring two wonderful protagonists and a powerful support cast with many facing complex problems. The return of the stars from the BACKUP PLAN augments the fine story line in which he and she both agree on two things: they want one another and they do not belong together. The social issues are deftly handled due to the powerful characterizations. Fans will appreciate this fine look at modern society in which it takes a community coming together to help parents raise children.

Harriet Klausner
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Don't we just love to read about others' missteps in their romantic relationships?
In Flirting with Disaster Ms Woods brings together Josh Parker and Maggie Forsythe with all their friends and relatives from The Backup Plan actively meddling in their lives in hope - or, in some cases, in opposition to - their marrying each other. Add in Josh's mother with her history of failed relationships and Maggie's history of rebellion against her mother for almost thirty years and you have an amusing story of resistance by both Josh and Maggie to any emotional attachment whatsoever.
There is also the interference of Brian, the psychopathic mentor of Maggie's art gallery employee and friend Ellie, who objects to Maggie's support of her employee's art.
I have enjoyed many of Ms Wood's books. Both books in this series are well plotted and fun to read. I will be starting the next book of The Charleston Trilogy today.
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After her recent breakup, Maggie Forsythe is feeling at loose ends. She isn't heartbroken over her failed engagement but her ego has definitely taken a hit and she is in a phase of self pity and moping. Friends Dinah and Cord Beaufort (from The Backup Plan) had a hand in setting her up wiht Warren, now the ex, so feel they should be involved in the recovery process too. Cord is heading a project to build a home for a single mother with volunteer labour, and the opportunity will give Maggie something new to become involved with...what they didn't tell her was how sexy the foreman, Josh, is.

Josh reluctantly takes on the building project, as he doesn't want to work with all the unskilled volunteers and would rather be working on a historic renovation, but the single mother's predicament hits to close to home as he was always moving from hotel room to hotel room as a child with his own single mother. The second Maggie walks on to the job site, sparks fly, but can these two stubborn people make it work together?

This was a cute, straightforward romance novel. The Southern details were great, as was hearing about Maggie's family and upbringing. This was an enjoyable, but predictable novel...comfort food for the brain.
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