Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Hardest Fight - Amy Vastine

The Hardest Fight
Amy Vastine
Harlequin Heartwarming, Jul 1 2015, $6.50
ISBN: 9780373367313

Two months ago, Chicago cut out funding the Safe Haven women’s shelter.  This makes it extremely difficult to maintain the service and pay the mortgages on the facility in Logan Square and the office in Lincoln Park.  The City Board wants to convert the shelter into luxurious condos.

Prime Developer led by affluent Ms. Clayton sends a retinue to negotiate a deal.  Their lawyer is Dylan Hunt; while Open Arms Advocacy Center attorney Lucy Everhart represents Safe Haven.  They were an entry at law school as a couple. A healthy competiveness and idealistic advocacy brought them together.  However, five years ago Dylan ended his relationship with his Lulu and obviously turned traitor to their cause.  Each blames the other for breaking their respective heart, but deep down both craves a second chance that ironically both struggles to conceal.

This is an appealing second chance contemporary starring two fascinating protagonists although uncompromising Lucy foolishly can be a bull in a china shop when finessing the more powerful enemy is needed.  The romance of the oldest Everhart “Chicago Sisters” (see The Best-Laid Plans and The Better Man) to the man who left her two years after they graduated law school entertains the Heartwarming audience.

Harriet Klausner

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