Mira, Dec 30 2014, $7.99
“The Trouble With Caasi.” In downtown Portland, the CEO of the Empress Hotel Caasi Crane is stunned when her incredibly competent general manager Blake Sherrill resigns just a few months after a generous raise. At their meeting just after she read his stunning resignation letter, Blake cynically informs her he has no job other offer and he finally got her attention as he prepares to depart. As Caasi begins to learn about Blake’s non-hotel life after eight years in close proximity, she also realizes why she is miserable since he quit and that has nothing to do with work especially after he kisses her. She loves this man about to hike out of her life.
“Reflections of Yesterday.” A dozen years ago in Groves Point, South Carolina, teenagers Simon Canfield and Angie Robinson were in love. However, his affluent family bribed her father to leave town with his daughter. Angie refused until she saw Simon with someone from his upper class. Knowing she is not his social equal, Angie and her family leave town with the Canfield money. Almost thirty, Angie owns a successful florist, but feels a deep need to pay back the blood money. Back in Groves Point, Angie and Simon see one another for the first time since they were seventeen. Each realizes their love remains as strong as ever, but he acrimoniously rejects her overtures as her betrayal has hardened his heart.
These mid 1980s reprints are pleasant last chance contemporary romances. The Trouble With Caasi is refreshing as the lead female is clueless re non business male relationships; while engaging Reflections of Yesterday is typical of the subgenre.