Behind Closed Doors...
Harlequin KISS, Nov 1 2014, $5.99
Six years ago, twentyish Jack Devlin left his abusive father Gerry and the teenager he loved Cleo Honeywell to become a renowned photographer. He comes home for the first time since he fled to attend his father’s funeral, but arrives hours after the burial. Cleo, who cherished Gerry after her dad abandoned her to run away with his wife, accuses Jack of not caring for anyone except his model of the moment. He conceals that he no .longer does models but instead goes to hot spots and that he left a Rome hospital against the advice of his doctor to bury his estranged dad.
As Cleo inherits everything from Gerry, she hates still being in love with the second man to abandon her. Jack knows he also still loves Cleo, but like he did when his drunken father’s fists reminded him she was too young for him, he plans to leave if he can just get Goldilocks to stop haunting his two heads.
This is a fun second chance starring two people with relationship phobia after what his mom and her dad did to their families. Most intriguing is the 180 degree relativity belief re his dad; who Jack recalls as a violent drunk and Cleo remembers raised her after her father left. Although the animosity before the coming together takes too long, Anne Oliver writes an appealing romance.