Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Real Men #1
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (December 10, 2012)
Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy—the man whose wiles she just knows got her jilted at the altar six years ago. Add to it that her ex-fiancé Seth is showing up in her hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. But the kicker? Everybody’s treating Ally as though she’s still heartbroken. She’s just fine, thank you very much, but could The Jilter have the decency not to hire her sister as his florist?
Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?
As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in, she doesn't count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…
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With her little gift shop struggling Ally Griffin needs time to figure out how to turn it around quickly. It would be easy to just solely focus on her shop, but when she finds out the man who dumped her at the alter is going to be married and returning to the small town of Burronga, Australia everyone around her seems ready to capture her as she falls to tears. It would be too easy to tell everyone she doesn’t care, but no one seems willing to listen. As if that were not enough, Ally finds out her building is sold to the one man she does hate, Nate Hardy.
Nate was the man who convinced her ex to leave and broke the news to her after his no show. She blames Nate, even now after realizing he was right but she sure doesn’t plan to tell him that. Nate seems determined in developing a friendship with Ally, but Ally wants no part of it and tries to thwart his effort, although unsuccessfully.
Enjoyable story, I felt for both Nate and Ally because they are in a small town and everything they do is churned through the gossip mill. Matchmaking meddlers are in rare form and Ally doesn’t trust Nate. Nate has a reputation that he is trying to shake, but it looks as if the town needs proof in order to accept him. His only ray of light is his banter with Ally and when he begins to think long term even though he vowed he would never be a man who commits, everything he knows is about to go off kilter. Looking for a book that is going to make you smile and escape, this is the book.