Review by EBookLuver: Stormy has a troubled past, three grown daughters (who get their own stories) and a lot of personal baggage to overcome. She has managed to get her life settled but finds it's more 'beige' than anything else.
Beige is safe. Beige, Stormy finds, is also boring. But after her history, boring isn't so bad. Or is it?
Sean arrives – sexy, hunky – occupying her mind night and day. Stronger and stronger and she has no choice but to let him in. WOW! Does he come in…and nothing is ever the same. Sexy, funny, emotional and as always an ending the reader wants.
Celebrations and Giveaway
To celebrate the 5th birthday of Old Enough to Know Better, I'm giving away prizes to readers. Up for grabs are 3 prizes:
About Old Enough to Know Better
Stormy needs a new start even though she doesn't admit that to herself. She's hiding from life–haunted by the mistakes she’s made. But she can't forget the kiss she shared with Sean.
Sean wants to be her new beginning, but he knows he’s facing a serious challenge because Stormy is determined to have nothing to do with him. But Sean has a plan to win her heart. His plan? Whatever it takes!
Funny, Sassy Quotes
When I wrote Old Enough to Know Better, I prefaced each chapter with a quotation. by a woman. I looked for something not only germane to the events of the chapter but also something funny or wry that would make the reader smile as well as think.
Here are a couple of examples. In Chapter 1, Stormy thinks about how charming and irresistible Sean is. This quotation from Dorothy Parker appears under the words Chapter 1: “There is entirely too much charm around, and something must be done to stop it.”
Cynical Stormy Clarkson who, despite herself, is attracted to the charming vineyard owner Sean Butler wants squelch his appeal and charm and decides a good offense is the best defense so she tries her best to be offensive!
Chapter 2, when Stormy's desire overrides her need to stay away from Sean, begins with a quotation from Jane Smiley: “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principles contain it or stand against it.”
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Not only does that show the sexual tension that’s growing by leaps and bounds between Stormy and Sean, but also it is the underlying premise of just about any good romance novel ever written.
Old Enough to Know Better is the first book in The Good, The Bad, and The Girly series. I had planned to have the 3 other books in the series published long before now, but real life has a way of interfering with our plans, doesn't it?
Book 2 in the series, Good Girl Conspiracy, is half written, and I hope to have it published in a couple of months. With any luck, I'll have all 3 books published in 2017 because Stormy and her 3 daughters are characters I like. They're each troubled in her own way because of Stormy's messy marriages. Fortunately, Stormy found a man who loves her despite her flaws so she is able to make peace with her past. That's what we must all do in order to make room in our lives for love.
Old Enough to Know Better is an older woman-younger man story so let me leave you with one of my favorite quotations about this kind of relationship.
This was said, not by a woman, but by a man who must have known quite a lot about women. Read the full essay here: In Praise of Older Women by Andy Rooney.
“Once you get past a wrinkle or two, an older woman is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Her libido’s stronger, her fear of pregnancy gone. Her experience of lovemaking is honed and reciprocal, and she’s lived long enough to know how to please a man in ways her daughter could never dream of. (Young men, you have something to look forward to.)” ~ Andy Rooney
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What do you think about older women-younger men relationships? Do you like reading books with characters like that?
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Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available at all major ebook sellers with audio editions available at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
All of my books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. I live my happily ever after with my hero, my husband, in the Lone Star State.
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