Alyce and Gavin fell in love in high school. They made grandiose plans to marry and live happily ever after. Alas, that was not meant to be. Alyce's mother became ill, forcing Alyce to forgo her college and marriage plans. Gavin moved on, went to college and became a hot shot financial guru. They meet up again at the wake for Alyce's mother. They spend an incredible night together and then Gavin leaves with no communication. Alyce takes the trip she was planning on and she decides to live life to the fullest.
I really enjoy second chance romances because the history and bonds are there. Alyce is insecure about her appearance but she ultimately becomes comfortable with herself. Most of Gavin's point of view comes from his sister's interpretation, which can become annoying. All in all, a quick enjoyable read.
Alyce Mason has it all until she is forced to choose duty to her ailing mother over her love for her high school sweetheart Gavin. Heartbroken, he leaves town for college and doesn't look back. She still loves him and regrets what she's lost, but feels that door is now closed.
Twelve years later, at Mrs. Mason's funeral, Alyce is stunned to run into Gavin, who has come home to pay his respects. But before they can rekindle their relationship, he's called away and she begins to have doubts.
"You must go out there and live your life now. I mean it. Don't get old and die with regrets like me..." These words, uttered by her mother on her deathbed, resonate with Alyce and, feeling she has nothing left to lose, makes a decision to do just that. She books a trip to a tropical resort catering specifically to plus-sized singles and their admirers.
Through the hedonistic activities she witnesses, and through friendship with a charming Italian, Antonio, Alyce comes to gain confidence in her own attractiveness and sensuality. And when Gavin once more returns to her side, she trusts in the love they still share.