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A reunion story with a twist, and a fake romance that isn’t hard to fake.
Ambitious workaholic attorney Kate Loudon lives by her five-year plan. She listens to her head more than her heart, which is why she broke it off with irresistible Scott Hunter after an intense fling in college. Her father’s health is in jeopardy, and the doctors say it’s time to retire. Past time. The family is concerned, but he’s as much of a control freak as his daughter. Her dad can’t seem to close the book on his lawyering days until he knows his youngest daughter is as happily settled as his eldest, Kate’s perfect sister, Amanda.
Kate realizes she has to pull out all the stops, which leads her to do the unthinkable. She contrives a fake engagement with “the one that got away.” Her former college love is no pushover and he won’t be controlled by Kate. Scott leads with his heart, and he wants her, but he’s going to be sure to keep Kate on her toes and inject as much reality into their faux-mance as he can. Instead of being handled, he grabs the keys to her heart and rekindles the sparks between them. For someone with a plan for everything, Kate’s life turns upside down. Can the gal who follows her head change her plans for the guy who follows his heart?
Despite having been raised by a man-eating, social-climbing mother, Genevieve Garnier is a hopeless romantic. She has successfully parlayed her sentimental nature into a prestigious Manhattan wedding planning business, but cannot make it down the aisle herself.
As another hectic wedding season winds down, Gen finds herself burned out and at a crossroads in life. She retreats to the charming Hudson Valley town of Heritage View to reinvent herself as girl-next-door “Jane,” complete with a charming cottage and apple pies baking in the oven. Gen is determined to simplify her life in Heritage View and keep her wedding business humming, without letting the two worlds collide. Then Michael Carlisle waltzes in and turns her plans upside down.
Michael is smart and successful, with enough guarded-heart intensity and magnetism to curl any woman’s toes. He stays out of the social fray in Manhattan, so he doesn’t recognize Jane as socialite wedding planner Genevieve. It’s a good thing, because he hates pampered socialites and avoids them nearly as much as he avoids girl-next-door types. That leaves our heroine 0-for-2. To make matters worse, it turns out that Michael is dear friends with the Hunter family, “Jane’s” new best friends. He has relationship baggage of his own to battle, but Michael can’t seem to stay away from Jane.
Will they repeat the mistakes of the past?