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- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018IRSLCU
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Seventeen Years Ago...
Why wouldn't everyone leave?
Hugh Shaughnessy stood in the corner of his living room, glaring at the masses. They came. They saw. They said their condolences. Wasn't that enough?
Everywhere he looked, there were people. He glanced at his watch and shook his head with disgust. Four thirty. Didn't anyone realize someone needed to start preparing dinner at five? Every night the family sat down for dinner at exactly six fifteen, but if someone didn't start moving these people toward the door, it wasn't going to happen.
It was all about the schedules.
There was no room for spontaneity-no room for straying from the norm. He'd learned that the hard way. And there were at least a hundred people milling about to witness the lesson he'd been forced to learn.
Turning his back on everyone, he thought of the conversation he'd had only days before with his mother.
"Do you have any idea what time it is?" Lillian Shaughnessy asked her second oldest son as soon as he'd walked through the front door.
Hugh took off his letterman jacket, hung it on his designated peg on the wall, and shrugged. "I don't know. Nine?"
His mother's eyes narrowed as she looked at him. "It's after ten. Where were you that you couldn't call to say you were going to be late?"
Not really in the mood for a lecture or an argument, Hugh walked toward the kitchen to get something to eat. He made it all of three steps before his mother-who was almost a foot shorter than him-grabbed him by the arm and forced him to look at her. "What?" he snapped. "I went out with a couple of friends after school. I lost track of time. It's not a big deal. I'm almost eighteen. Don't you think it's time I stopped having a curfew? I mean...really. Can't a guy go out once in a while without it turning into a big deal?"
But it was a big deal. Lillian Shaughnessy ran a tight ship in her home. With six kids, she had no choice. There were chores to do, meals to cook, homework to be checked, and without a routine-a schedule-things could easily fall apart and break down into chaos.
"You know the rules, Hugh. You had chores to do this afternoon-chores Quinn had to take on because you weren't here."
"So? I'll do his chores tomorrow."
Lillian looked up at her son, her expression firm. "That's not the point and you know it. You broke the rules. Again. You didn't come home on time and you didn't call. Again. This is the third time this week." She held out her hand. "Give me your keys."
"What?" Hugh cried. "But...that's not fair!"
She shook her head. "No driving for a week. You'll have to take the bus to and from school. If one of your friends drives you, you'll still need to be home on time. No extra stops, no excuses."
Hugh wanted to argue, but he knew it was pointless. Without a word, he put the keys in his mother's hand and turned to go to his room.
"Your dinner is in the microwave," she said, still standing where he'd left her.
"I'm not hungry," he mumbled and went to his room.
For the next two days he was the model son-he came home on time, did his chores and his homework all without saying a word of complaint. On the third day, he came home miserable. It was storming and the walk from the bus stop had left him soaked to the skin.
"You'd better get changed before you catch a cold," his mother warned, but she looked distracted.
"What's going on?" Hugh asked.
"Darcy has an ear infection. I've got to pick up a prescription for her." She looked out the window and frowned. "I had hoped the rain would let up by now. I can't wait any longer."
It was on the tip of his tongue to offer to go for her, but he remembered his punishment. And for a moment, he wanted to be mean-to show her how her stupid punishment affected her too. "Well, if I was allowed to drive, I'd go. But since it's so important for me to learn my lesson..." He let his words die off.
Lillian merely gave him a tight smile. "You can be mad at me all you want. You broke curfew...for what? To go joyriding for an afternoon? Was it worth it?" She reached for her coat and slipped it on, her eyes still on Hugh.
Her expression softened. She reached out and cupped his cheek. "Sweetheart, there's nothing wrong with wanting to have some fun once in a while. It's just...well, you didn't call. You had no consideration for your family and our rules. I don't think your father and I are strict, we don't ask too much..."
"I know, Mom. But-"
"But," she interrupted, "maybe next time you'll think twice before being so impulsive."
Hugh wasn't so sure, but he kept it to himself.
"I'll be back in a little while," Lillian said. "Darcy's finally sleeping so I want to get to the pharmacy and back before she wakes up. Quinn is staying after school and Riley and Owen will be home soon."
Yeah, yeah...Hugh knew the drill. The schedule. No surprises.
Lillian walked out the door into the storm.
And never came home.
That wasn't on the schedule, Hugh kept telling himself. It wasn't something any of them were prepared for.
And it certainly wasn't what any of them wanted.
For all the times he'd mocked the schedules and the routine and the flat-out boringness of their lives, right now Hugh would give everything he had to have it all back.
To have her back.
At five o'clock, he moved into the kitchen. Luckily no one was in there. Their guests had finally started to leave, and it was remarkably the one quiet room in the house.
"Hugh?" his father asked as he came into the room a few minutes later. "What are you doing?"
"Making dinner. It's spaghetti night."
Ian Shaughnessy stood with tears in his eyes as he watched his son get out the ingredients to make dinner. "Hugh," he began, "there's enough food out in the dining room to feed a small army. I don't think we have to make dinner tonight."
Hugh stopped and looked at him. "But...it's Thursday. We always have spaghetti on Thursday." He turned and pointed to the chalkboard his mother kept in the kitchen. "See? Thursday. Spaghetti." Then he went back to getting out the large pot his mother used to cook pasta in.
He filled it and put it on the stove and when he turned back around, his father was right there in front of him. "Hugh..." he said gruffly, right before he wrapped his son in his arms.
Something inside of Hugh broke. "She always..."
"I know," Ian said.
"She would want..."
"I know that too. But for tonight, we'll let the menu slide." He pulled back and smiled sadly. "Tomorrow will be soon enough to get back on track with dinners. Although I think we have about twenty casseroles overflowing from the freezer just in case."
Hugh wiped away the tears streaming down his cheeks. "I just want..." He swallowed hard.
Ian stopped him. "I know, Hugh. I want it too."
They stood there in silence for a long time, and Hugh decided then and there that he would honor his mother by doing things the way she wanted-he'd follow the rules. Never again would he act impulsively or without conscious thought.
He couldn't afford to.
Not ever again.--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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Hugh is a first rate businessman/resort owner. He owns several properties all over the world and feels most comfortable when he is in control of all things both in his professional and personal life. When he meets Aubrey in an unexpected way, it turns his world upside down, and he finds him self having a hard time distinguishing if these newfound feelings and attraction to Aubrey is for the best or not.
Aubrey is bumps into Hugh running from a situation she should never have been in to begin with. She takes delight in getting to know Hugh, but also has her moments of frustration with him as well. Hugh is a man set in his ways, and as compatable as they are, Aubrey may not be able to steer Hugh away from his controlled environment long enough for him to see the forest through the trees.
There are many personal obstacles both Hugh and Aubrey need to face and come to terms with. Their story, their attraction, their devotion to each other is enchanting. Seeing the other Shaughnessy siblings, their father Ian and their good friends make appearances throughout the book, really made me smile. I really appreciate how Samantha Chase carefully plots which brother will help who when, or add the right amount of comic relief when some was needed. And it was needed. There were some tough moments in this book that really hurt my heart, to the point where some tears were shed. There are tender, sexy moments too! I embraced this story completely, and I hope you will too!
While Hugh seems set in his life, he quickly realizes how much he was missing when Aubrey walks in to his life. He is the no-nonsense resort owner who likes everything the same. Change is something he steers clear of until Aubrey breaks him out of his routine and makes him realize that change is not always a bad thing.
Of course, Hugh is not the only one who is dealing with internal issues. Aubrey has never felt wanted and when she meets Hugh’s family, she realizes what she’s been missing.
Samantha Chase not only creates a wonderful family for her series to revolve around, she creates a realistic plot and one that keeps you in suspense. From the moment I started the book, I couldn’t put it down. This series is a winner and I cannot wait for the next book to come out.
Aubrey just seems annoying and Hugh, really Hugh?, sigh, he's a hot mess. Both of them teetered very, very close to too stupid to live territory for me!
That being said, I read the excerpt for the next book and it was already better than most of the first.