Turning Thirty-Twelve

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Turning Thirty-Twelve

Jackie Delgado, a forty-something year old science teacher at Harrison High School, just doesn’t want another man in her life again. The only good that came out of her marriage to David is that they have two sons, Patrick and Nate. After a bitter end to her twenty-one years of marriage, Jackie wants nothing to do with having another relationship with a man. She is content raising her boys and between the boys, work and her friends, she is quite happy at the moment. But as her youngest finally goes off to college like his big brother did, Jackie starts suffering from a bad case of empty nest syndrome. The only comfort and companionship she now has in the house with her is Jellybean, her TV theme show singing cockatiel.
Her girlfriends, who are also teachers at the high school, are always trying to set her up even though she says she’s not interested. Finally, Abby convinces her that there’s this one guy that she thinks Jackie might actually like. Reluctantly, Jackie tells her girlfriend to give him her number. When he calls her to ask her out, she’s in for the biggest surprise of her life.
Who does the blind date turn out to be? What does she think of this guy overall? Does this turn out to be a match made in heaven for the both of them?
Ms. James did a fabulous job creating this storyline and she developed characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with, quirks and all. I found this story to be a little bit sweet with a whole lot of hot and sexy mixed throughout. I loved Ms. James’ sense of humor that she sprinkled throughout the pages and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times as I was reading. I would highly recommend this story to others and it’s a definite keeper in my library. Don’t pass this one up!

Book Blurb for Turning Thirty-Twelve

Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined.  

When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher.  Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be "blind." He's the father of one of her students. 
Widower Mark Brennan isn't looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he's quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he's "abandoning" his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie.  When Mark's daughter begins to date Jackie's son, things become more complicated.   

Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love?  And how will Mark's daughter's pregnancy affect all their lives?  

Categories: Contemporary Mainstream ROMANCE Women's Fiction
Word Count: 72,000
Heat Level: STEAMY

"Forty should never be considered 'over-the-hill.'  When I passed that milestone, I decided to write a strong, sexy forty-something heroine who broke the stereotypical romance mold.  Jackie Delgado lives life out loud, refusing to surrender her vitality and passion simply because of a number.  And for a dynamic character like Jackie, I just had to create equally passionate hero, Mark Brennan."  ~Sandy~ 

BookStrand Mainstream Romance

Night Owl Reviews May, 2009 5.00