39 & Holding by MR Joseph
My name is Greer Walker. Mom of two. Friend. Daughter. Dance instructor. And, let’s not forget—a woman scorned.
For the twenty years my husband and I were together, I gave him my soul, my life, my everything. What did I get in return? Heart break, crows feet, stretch marks, and a slew of insecurities.
You see, my douchebag ex-husband of fourteen years dumped me for a twenty-five year-old, real-life Barbie Doll with a large repertoire of medical enhancements. He crushed my heart. His affair destroyed me. There were signs—lots of them—but I didn't see what was right in front of me. Or maybe, I didn’t want to.
Somewhere along the line, things changed. With my eyes wide open, I vowed to never go through that kind of heartache again. I don’t need someone to make me feel special or beautiful, or sexually charged. Hell, I can take care of that part on my own if you know what I mean. It’s been twenty years since I last dated. I have resigned myself to the fact that I’ll be alone.
But…There’s always a but. And with age comes wisdom.
Like I said, I had come to grips with the fact that I’d always be alone…until gorgeous, dominant, and sexy Nick Costa walked into my life—or rather drove right into it—and made me feel all sorts of things that this woman right here has no business feeling.
He has me asking myself questions that I never thought I’d hear myself ask.
Can I allow someone into my life again? Can I risk being hurt? Can Nick deal with all the insecurities the fallout of my marriage produced?
I am thirty-nine, for crying out loud. Can I start all over again? Can I let go of the past and possibly move on with my future? Could Nick Costa be my future?
You might want to stick around to discover the answers.
Review by Erin
Greer Walker is 39, recently divorced, and has come to the conclusion that she will become the lonely cat lady when her kids are grown. After the ultimate betrayal, having been with her husband for 20 years, Greer is broken. Even with all the love and support of her friends, she refuses to move on. She has convinced herself that being a mom and dance instructor is all she needs. Cue Mr. Doughnut. While heading out to meet her friends, Greer is greeted in traffic by a sexy stranger in the car next to her, singing the same song she is, and offering her a bite of his chocolate doughnut. His harmless flirting, which Greer is in no way accustomed to, awakens parts of her that she assumed were long gone. They went their separate ways in traffic that night, but she couldn't get him out of her mind. As fate would have it, they are brought back together when Greer's daughter has an accident and needs medical attention. Their attraction is undeniable, but can Greer move on and let another man into her life? Is it possible to love again?
Right off the bat, this book was SO hard to put down. You immediately fall in love with the characters. Well, except maybe Ryan. Even though there is heartbreak, and a broken family, it still remains light.
I appreciate that even with Greer's insecurities, and doubts about having another relationship after a broken marriage, the book doesn't dwell on that. With help from her friends, Greer is quick to realize when she is wrong, and when she needs to work things out. I can relate to her on so many levels, and that is definitely something you look for in a fantastically developed character. She is an amazing mother, daughter, friend, and dedicated dance teacher. Someone you would love to have in your life.
Nick Costa, (insert MAJOR swoon here), has probably made it into my top 10 book boyfriends of all time. Even being younger than Greer, he is incredibly mature, pure medical genius and his sense of humor is to die for.
I absolutely loved their story. It's a feel good, hilarious book that leaves you wanting more. One of those books that I can read over, and over, and never be sick of it. I would love to even see sequels with the other characters. Especially Sean and Patrick!
MR Joseph gets 5 amazing, Mr. Doughnut stars!
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