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Picture This Paperback – July 9, 2015
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I won a copy of this darling contemporary romance in a contest and I'm so glad I found this book. It's a twist on friends with benefits in the best sort of way. Set in current day Atlanta, Georgia, Tess has her life together as a family advocate attorney, and one of the best parts is her no-strings attached relationship with Nick, a world-traveling photographer who tells his stories with pictures. When Nick comes off assignment he calls Tess and they make the most of their time together. In bed. When his editor calls again, Nick's gone to the far ends of the Earth for God-knows-how-long, and that's just fine with Tess.
Until...well, things get complicated. After one night of high-heat passion where both characters begin to get attached, but neither will admit it to the other, something unexpected happens. Something wonderful.
Fast-forward seven months later and imagine Nick's surprise when he runs into Tess in the Do-It-Yourself Depot and she's in a motherly way. This is where the story weaves a classic contemporary tale of "are they perfect for each other, or not?" Both Tess and Nick have shadows in their closets they never discussed, and before long those complications rear their heads demanding they get to know each other. There's nothing like the impending birth of a child to lay your soul bare, and Nick and Tess both have personal and family issues they must work through. Baxter paints a tug-of-war with the heart that makes for a great contemporary read.
I gotta say, I found myself rooting for both characters and their supporting cast. I'll be looking for more from Marilyn Baxter.
Treat yourself to a good read.
Or is there? When they both start to feel the tugs of heart strings they go their separate ways and head back to their rewarding careers, until Tess realizes she now has a permanent connection to Nick. A baby.
Tess has seen what happens when a marriage goes bad, spending her day surrounded by divorce agreements and bitter battles over money and assets she wants no part of that type of relationship in her life. She has made it her life’s mission to build her own nest egg so she’s never relying on a man to provide for her the way her mother did. Growing up poor has left a mark that Tess suspects may never fully heal.
Nick has been betrayed by women he loved in the past, so he has sought refuge in traveling the world and being available to no one as much as possible.
Nick and Tess both have old scars that lead to rocky roads as they try to figure out how to be parents, without being partners. Both have been hurt by the people they loved the most, and those scars make trust seem impossible.
After years of focusing on the world’s best, and worst, through a camera lens Nick realizes that the birth of his son has brought things into a brighter focus than he ever thought possible. But can he convince Tess that loving him doesn’t mean giving up her independence? And that he would never abandon her the way her father did?
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I like the way Miss Baxter developed Tess and Nick's relationship without going back years and dragging out the history. She explained it, described it, and brought the reader into it enough to understand it without bogging the story down with history and descriptions. Her introduction and character development of Nick was sincere and just right to engage the reader. The reader learned enough to fall in love with Nick, sympathize with Nick, but never developing a dislike for him. And the same can be said of her character development of Tess. Miss Baxter knows how to develop a character that involves the reader without bringing the animosity of the reader. It's all about falling in love with the characters and wanting them to succeed at whatever is going on in their "lives".
As a nurse, I really enjoyed that Miss Baxter sis her research for the medical portion of the story. It can be very distracting to me to read incorrect medical parts of a story.
Picture This is a feel good, "see it through" story that you won't be able to put down. So pick it up and check out out! You will be glad you did.
For me, I have a new author to add to my favorites!
When Tess and Nick decided to be friends with benefits she never imagined she would become pregnant and not hear from him for eight months. When Nick left for his photography assignment he never thought he would run into a very pregnant Tess in a hardware store.
Tess is so determine to do things on her own, so when she runs into Nick and ends up in the hospital her whole life is turned upside down.
When Nick resizes this is his baby he does everything in his power to make things easier for a fighting Tess.
Through it all they have to learn to live with each other and how to become a family.
This was a quirky story that you will not be able to put down. From beginning to end it will keep you entertained