Perfect Pairing, 3
Jake Harris’ world fell apart when his wife passed away. Now a young widower, he vows to never give his heart to another woman. However, Army buddy, Mitchell Farraday, thinks a gift certificate to Perfect Pairing is just what he needs. Vowing he won’t use it, he throws it in the garbage bin. However, Jake has second thoughts when strange things begin happening, convincing him that his late wife wants him to use it.
Gen Thompson, a single mom, hasn’t been out of a date in over two years. When an ad for a free membership to the Perfect Pairing mysteriously appears in her local newspaper, she decides to take the plunge.
Perfect Pairing CEO, and everyone’s favorite matchmaking witch Sadie Sutton, knows she has her work cut out for her this time. Can Jake ever get over his heartbreak, and can Sadie make him see that Gen is his destiny?
Jake didn’t snore, but every now and then he made a sound like he was breathing more intently. Gen thought she’d feel more relaxed having him at her side, but she didn’t. Truth was she was on edge. Jake agreeing to sleep over in her bed had thrown her for a loop. A pleasant one, but it sacred her. What if she got used to this? Having a man around, having sex, sharing a bed, and then they went their separate ways. What if he found a woman that he wouldn’t think twice about kissing on the lips?
Gen stared up at the ceiling. She knew she was falling for him, which was stupid because from the first time they’d met she’d known this wouldn’t be a normal relationship.
She felt the side of the bed tilt a little and glanced sideways. The moon was full, lighting up the room slightly. She could see that Jake had turned on his side and was now facing her. He was wide awake just like her.
He grabbed her hand.
“You having trouble sleeping?” he asked.
“I guess it’s just strange having someone in your bed when you’re not used to it.”
“It’s worse when you have had someone there and suddenly they’re gone.”
She turned to look at him. “Oh, Jake, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.” She touched his cheek.
“Can I see a photo of her?”
“What, right now?”
“If you have one.”
Gen knew it was a crazy request, but she was curious as to what Katie looked like.
Jake switched on the light, got out of bed, walked over to his pants he’d set on the back of a chair, and pulled out his wallet. He got back onto the bed. He opened his wallet and passed it to Gen.
The photo was of both him and Katie. Jake had his arm around a woman with blonde hair and a heart-shaped face. Gen swallowed. The woman was pretty. Gen could understand how his heart had been broken. His wife looked so young and healthy in this shot.
“Thank you,” she said, handing the wallet back to him. Jake took a glance at the photo and smiled before closing the billfold. He set it down on the bedside table and turned back to her.
“Did you love Nicky’s father?” he asked.
“I did at the time. I mean when we slept together, but after he deserted us I realized no, I guess I never did.”
“So you’ve never seen him again?”
“A few times, but not to talk to. I saw him from a distance when Nicky was a baby, and then once again when he started kindergarten.”
“It had to be really hard on you bringing him up when you were still basically a teenager.”
“I couldn’t have done it without my parent’s financial and emotional support. I just don’t know how young girls without great families cope. Did you and Katie ever think about having a family?”
He didn’t answer. Gen regretted asking him about something that was obviously a taboo topic.
“Yes. It’s how we found out that she had cancer. We’d been trying to get pregnant for over a year, and when it hadn’t happened Katie went to the doctor, and that’s when they found it.”
“Oh, Jake, I’m so sorry.”
“I suppose it was a good thing that she wasn’t pregnant, or she wouldn’t have been able to take the chemotherapy which bought her another year with me.”
Gen reached across and wiped the tear from his cheek.
“Shit, this is embarrassing, me crying in front of you. What must you think?”
“That you’re a good man, a good husband, and that Katie was so lucky to have you.”
Gen leaned over and kissed his forehead. And I’d give anything to have you too.
Posted by TRR on 16th Jan 2013
Build a fire in the fireplace, make yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and sit down with SOMEONE LIKE YOU. Only eighty-two pages long, this novella is a delightful read!
SOMEONE LIKE YOU is a sweet story with characters who will capture your heart immediately. Jake Harris was deeply affected by his wife's death. He had loved and lost and vowed never to love another woman again. Gen Thompson thought she and her high school sweetheart would love each other until the end of their days. That love lasted until Gen informed her boyfriend she was pregnant and he ran in the opposite direction faster than a pregnancy test can show the plus sign. Now, her son is a teenager and Gen longs for someone who will love her and accept her son.
Enter Sadie, matchmaker extraordinaire, of Perfect Pairings. Sadie sells a Perfect Pairings gift card to Jake's best friend, who sends it to Jake in the hope of helping him recover from his wife's death. Jake is not interested, until he realizes the gift certificate could be the answer to his desire for a physical-only relationship. Sadie's magical matchmaking goes into overdrive at this point.
Without giving away the entire story, I will say SOMEONE LIKE YOU is a feel-good book and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. However, the sex scenes leave nothing to your imagination. If you don't like explicit, graphic sex, you will want to pass on reading it.
Ms. Devereaux has written an excellent novella and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Dec 2012
Jake is a widower unable to let go of his dead wife and unable to move forward until he does. He compromises and uses a dating service to, as tacky as it sounds, find someone who only wants sex. There has to be one woman out there looking for the same thing as he.
Gem has spent her life raising her son alone, never seeking a man. Once burned twice shy; she is finally ready to move on, but decides for now sex is enough. Jake is more than she could hope for and controlling her emotions is proving as difficult as it is to keep her hands off the handsome hunk.
Sadie is a witch doing penance in the love department. She knows Gem and Jake are meant for each other even if she has to trick them to make it happen.
I love the characters created by Ms. Devereaux. Nicky is a special teenager and Gem is a woman who deserves happiness. The reader begins cheering for both them and Jake from the moment of introduction. Someone like you is a beautiful love story with a little spice and a sprinkle of magic. I highly recommend Someone Like You and the Perfect Pairing series.